EDC bags can have a full range of essentials. An EDC bag is individual to each user and like fingerprints each list is unique, and each survivalist's needs are different.
Items can range anywhere from hygiene products to the more hardcore tactical military gear including items like ammo and a handgun.
Let's start with the basics and move our way up:
EDC bag content
First, let's look at EDC and what it means. For some people it literally is an everyday bag, which changes based on one's profession, location, and/or mindset. For others, it's their bug out bag, emergency bag, or the bag that they take when all hell breaks loose. And there are variations in between.
When asking a lot of people what their EDC bag contents are, a lot of different answers come up. Also, a lot of people don't know how to define it. Is it really an everyday carry bag something that you carry around all the time? Is it something that you carry in the trunk of your car in addition to what you normally have and carry on your person? Or is it more of a bug-out bag, something you carry in the case of a natural disaster?
Items to carry in an EDC Bag
You first need to assess what are the basic items that you can't leave your house without. Those things that help you survive the day. These usually include a wallet, keys, and your cell phone. It's also important to carry some cash in addition to your credit cards. And if you live on the border of a country say Canada and the US or Mexico and the US, it might be smart to carry currencies in appropriate denominations for both countries.
It's most important to keep this core element as minimalistic as possible and as light as possible. Because this is the core of your EDC kit. It also should fit inside a small pouch.
Start thinking of this bag like a marushka nesting doll. Layers upon layers.
Next, look at the risk and carry out a risk assessment, what do you know about the dangers in your surroundings and where you're going. Look at what is the worst that could happen and pack accordingly.
An EDC bag can become overburdened with too much stuff. Constantly reassess your EDC bag contents and do away with items that are unnecessary. What do you need and what would be universally useful in many situations?
You also need to look at how big your bag should be. Measure the largest item that you have and that's the minimum dimensions of your bag. Yes, a lot of people will put everything in a knapsack but a colorful purse is not out of line for a lady as long as she's carrying what she needs. It's what's inside that counts. A canvas bag can serve just as well and comes in many sizes.
There are also EDC lumbar packs, sling bags, and backpacks. These provide the ability to have a full range of motion.
Most importantly, find the smallest bag that can fit everything that you need. And don't overlook the fact that you can carry things in your pockets. A basic first aid kit in your EDC bag can include multiple-use items like a bandana or scarf which can have multiple purposes including being a tourniquet or a sling.
Don't only go for the most expensive and flashy doodad, when something simple can serve multiple purposes and be just as effective. And don't try to weigh down your bag if you're carrying it all the time with something that's too heavy.
The most common EDC items
A folding knife
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Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops SWA24S 7.1in S.S. Folding Knife with 3.1in Serrated Clip Point Blade and Aluminum Handle for Outdoor, Tactical, Survival, and EDC
A pen and a notebook
First aid items- NOTE a first aid kit can have anything from a few Band-Aids to a full military kit, decide what would work best for you
Phone, glasses, medication, basic hygiene products
Multi-tool – Snowflake Multitool， 18-in-1 Snowflake , Portable Function Multi-Tool
Flashlight (preferably a tactical flashlight) – Vont ‘Blaze' Tactical Flashlight (2 Pack) LED Flashlights, Extremely Bright Flash Light, High Lumen, Adjustable Beam, Water-Resistant, Gear & Accessories for Hiking, Camping, Survival, Emergency
Some people carry a small amount of candy like Lifesavers, in case their sugar level goes low, some kind of powdered electrolytes in case of heatstroke.
Taking into account that a phone might be worthless or out of zone, some carry an area map in their bag. In case of disaster, you might need to find an alternative way home.
A nice and practical addition is Urban Survival Playing Cards– Brand: Tactical And Preparedness Solutions by David Morris – These aren't Simply Playing Cards, they have tactical applications and prepare you for any situation. As flash cards, they prepare you to think on your feet, because they have solved the situation for you.
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