Every Day Carry (EDC) Philosophy

Every Day Carry (EDC) is about as personal as it gets when it comes to discussing survival gear and/or mentality.  I personally really enjoy discussing EDC with other survival junkies. 

What is EDC?

Every Day Carry is the phrase that encompasses the survival related gear that you carry on your person.  It could be in your pockets, in a back-pack, hanging from a carabiner, in a sheath, on your belt or around your neck.  There are all kinds of ways to carry your EDC gear.  The underlying concept behind EDC is that you are carrying the necessary tools on you to help get you through a survival situation in the event that something unexpected happens.  Below is a picture of my EDC carabiner with a variety of survival tools.
EDC Carabiner

EDC Carabiner

What items are considered EDC?

EDC can be anything that you think is important.  It’s different for everyone.  It can be as simple as a pocket knife to as complex as a mini Bug Out Bag on your back and everything in between.  If it’s an item that you think could help increase your chances of survival should something crazy suddenly and unexpectedly happen, then it’s EDC.  It doesn’t have to be so extreme either.  Many guys and gals carry EDC and don’t even know it.  For example, my Grandpa always carried a beat up Old Timer pocket knife and used it constantly for fishing, farm work and preparing meals.  This knife was his EDC.

What’s YOUR EDC?

My EDC is constantly evolving.  As I meet with other survivalists and see their EDC I change mine and vice versa.  I have 2 EDC sets.  The first is my ALL THE TIME EDC which consists of my cell phone, my keys w/ P38 can opener, my wallet w/ fresel lens, a tube of Carmex lip balm (fire extender), and a Spyderco Native.  These are the items I carry all the time – to Church, to the grocery, to work, around the house, etc…

Creek's Daily EDC

Creek's Daily EDC

 I also have a 2nd EDC set that I carry with me when I do anything outside of my daily routine such as take a road trip, go hunting, go canoeing, travel, etc…  This kit is much more extensive and is carried on a carabiner attached to my belt.  Should anything  completely unexpected happen, these tools can give me a huge head start in getting through.

Creek's Carabiner EDC Set
Creek’s Carabiner EDC Set

Below is a detailed photo of the items included in this kit.

Creek's Carabiner EDC: The Breakdown
Creek’s Carabiner EDC: The Breakdown

In this set I have:

  • A Gerber Multi Tool with Pliers, Flat & Cross Point Screw Drivers, Tweezers and Small Knife
  • Fold out Mini Saw
  • 20 Feet of Cordage
  • 10 Feet of Duck Tape
  • Black Aluminum Watertight Canister with a cube of WetFire and some Steel Wool
  • Green Watertight Canister with Water Purification Tabs and a Small Fishing Kit
  • A Pulsar LED Light
  • A Ferro Rod
  • A Fox Pro Whistle
  • 2 Ranger Bands (rubber innertube cut cross-wise)
  • 1 Climbing Carabiner

Like I said, I am constantly changing and revising my EDC sets but right now this is what they look like at the time of this post.

The EDC Gallery

I have started an EDC Gallery here at WillowHavenOutdoor.com.  It’s a gallery where you can upload a photo of your own EDC Set to share with other visitors.  It’s a great way to learn, share and revise.  This post and gallery is brand new so it may take a few days to get some submissions but I hope you will consider sharing your EDC.

The EDC Gallery can be found HERE and also from a link in the right Side Bar.

Survival is a way of life.  It is an awareness of what could happen and being prepared to deal with the unexpected.  EDC fits right in with this mentality.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my thoughts on EDC.  What are yours?

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,




  1. What exactly is a ranger band, and what can it be used for?

    • They’re essentially rubber bands. Originally created to hold certain items still, quiet or on webbing. You can make them easily today by purchasing an inner tube for a bicycle tire and cutting them.

      • Ah, I had never heard of a ranger band, but that sounds rather useful. What EDC items do you use it to still exactly? I’m thinking that it might be useful for say, a bundle of keys. I’ve cut down on the amount of keys I carry over the years, but I can’t avoid bringing some of them with me, and I do find that they move around a ridiculous amount.

    • A typical example would be a heavy rubber band around a zippo lighter to keep it from falling out of a pocket when you are upside down. 75th Rgr Bn, Bad Tolz, Germany

  2. I like your kit, in mine i have a plastic water tight cannister that I keep fishing hooks, line, and after its sealed back up, its light enough to tie my line off at the eyelet on the end and use as a bobber.

  3. Cheers Creek. I enjoy the website and articles. Keeps my mind busy while I work and wonder about the outdoors.

  4. where do you get your items?
    mini folding saw
    Black Aluminum Watertight Canister
    Green watertight canister
    pulsar light

    I never seem to notice these items when I shop.

  5. For many years, I was a Crime Prevention instructor, and on several occasions I had the opportunity to speak to groups of home health care nurses. If you think about it, that can be a very dangerous job: often in less than desirable neighborhoods, sometimes visiting patients with drug dependent family members, etc. My theme on those occasions was, ‘Could You Survive All Night (with what you wear, carry, etc) If You Had to Run?’
    Certainly, many of the EDC kits shown on this site are highly desirable in such a situation, but don’t forget what you wear to work, school, etc. If you have to run for it, a pair of high heeled shoes, a T-shirt and shorts, or a parka left in your car won’t do you a bit of good.
    Thanks for the ideas.

  6. Being female, my main EDC is my purse…known as a hobo bag. I use to for no reason other than to hold emergency gear. When I’m out, my license, credit cards and larger bills are in my pants pockets. My “purse” contains tissues, a small first aid kit, folding knife, pen/paper, safety pins, multi-tool, address book, plastic utensils, spare glasses, waterproof matches, regular matches, lighter, sewing kit, nail clippers, nail file, hair ties, water purification tabs, magnesium fire starter, tube of Vaseline, paracord, crank radio/light, mylar blanket, and several $1 bills. My jacket pockets usually contain pepper spray, extra knife, extra fire starter, extra multi-tool, mag-light, and a whistle. My belt holds my holster, and occasionally a leather snap-on fanny pack a friend made for me.

  7. Nice write up Creek. I dig your wilderness EDC set up!

  8. In EDC various blogs and videos, put the point in equipement, every one have your own formula, but all with any lacked items.
    But for a good back to home would be convenient 4 for the patrol?

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