As a quick overview, Everyday Carry, or EDC, are essential items that a person carries on them from day-to-day. I mentioned the three items that most people have every day in the preparedness triangle overview article. Outside of those three main things, several other things should be considered for an EDC loadout.
While your EDC isn’t going to help you in a long-term emergency scenario, it should be stuff that is helpful in the short term. EDC falls into the smallest section of the triangle. Ideally, the items are carried on your person rather than in a bag. They should be primary or secondary items to a Get Home or Bug Out Bag that you have in your vehicle.
The items listed below are what I carry on me at all times. Everyone’s version of this is going to be different based on personal preference.
- Wallet (Trayvax Armored Summit)
- Keys(For The 4Runner)
- Folding Knife (Gerber Folder)
- Watch (Citizen PCAT Eco-Drive)
- Wedding ring
- Earbuds (Samsung Galaxy Buds)
- Personal Phone (Samsung S10+)
- Work Phone (iPhone)
- Pen (Fisher Space Pen)
The one thing I do not have on here is a pistol. Where I work does not allow for carrying on to the premises at all. Not even in my vehicle. So the pistol stays at home.
In addition to the items on my person, I also carry a backpack that includes additional items. These are things that, if I had to leave work in a hurry, I could do without. They are not essential items but nice to have in case I need them.
- Phone charger & cord for personal phone
- Phone charger & cord for a work phone
- Battery pack
- Gear ties
- Grinds coffee pouches
- Binder with graph notepaper
- Small first aid kit
- Glasses case
- Contacts case & solution
- Work computer
Rather than scream tactical, I switched from a 5.11 messenger bag to a rather unassuming Recycled Firefighter grey backpack just recently. I tried out a Grey Man Tactical rigid MOLLE panel with an admin pouch to house some of the smaller items. However, I found the pouches were a bit of a hassle to get into on the rigid panel and replaced it with a Recycled Firefighter Rigid LOOP panel and some tear-away pouches. Both panels are great for keeping things organized and not having a bunch of stuff rolling around in the bag. I would recommend them to anyone looking for an everyday bag and some storage options.