What is Everyday Carry Gear?
Everyday carry, or EDC, gear is what we take with us every day, just in case.
For some, everyday carry gear is just a cell phone and a credit card. For me, I carry a simple grouping of tools that over the years have evolved into this emergency preparedness checklist.
The evolution started a long time ago with a pocket knife and grew into a refined collection that can help me solve most simple problems that crop up during my typical day. Depending on what my immediate plans are, I might add to this everyday carry gear with a small hatchet, a bigger knife or a bigger gun.
This emergency preparedness checklist contains enough to stop a fight, not what I would take to war.
Emergency Preparedness Checklist: Everyday Carry Gear
Here’s my emergency preparedness checklist of everyday carry gear:
- Larger knife with a lock and at least a 3.5-inch blade that can be opened with one hand
- Pocketknife (small slip joint or traditional jack knife)
- Pocket tool carried in a pouch on my belt
- Small single-cell CR123A flashlight
- Small pocket compass
- Pen and pad of waterproof paper
- Paracord survival bracelet
- Belt (nylon web riggers type with steel buckle)
- Small wind-proof lighter