What is EDC?
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…
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.
Below is a detailed photo of the items included in this kit.
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?
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