In my quest to be better prepared in case of emergencies as I detailed in an earlier post, I’ve taken things one step at a time. A real BOB, bug out bag, a GHB, get home bag, or just a survival kit can be pricey and take some time to put together. I’m doing that right now and should have something serviceable soon, which I will post about. But in the meantime, I decided to put together an EDC kit, or an every day carry kit.
Now, some people carry a wallet, keys, phone, knife, flashlight, multi-tool, firearm and more in their pockets every day, hence the name every day carry. I am not that guy. I carry a wallet, keys and my iPhone and that’s it! Now many smart phones can double as some of those EDC items. Mine can be a flashlight, a GPS and in an emergency, I can throw it at a mugger. ;) But I don’t like pockets full of stuff so I don’t carry a lot.
Instead, I built a kit with the essentials an a few personal items I’ve found I want to have around. I pack this all around in a Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer. It’s not that “mini” but it will fit in a large pocket if you desire. I grab mine when I’m out, keeping it in the Jeep or our car and it stays on the counter ready when it’s at home for easy access. It’s got the kind of stuff I might need in a small scale emergency or just around the house and all in one place. If I feel I need to carry an Item or two on my person, I can pull those out. Here’s a list of what I carry:
Kershaw OSO Sweet Folding Knife – An inexpensive folding knife with a good reputation for holding an edge. The uses are many and varied but when you need a knife…
Streamlight 88031 Protac Tactical Flashlight – Super bright LED flashlight that uses lithium CR123 batteries. About the size of a fat marking pen with three modes, high beam, strobe and low beam for saving the battery. Tactical? That strobe is bright and disorienting as heck!
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool – One of the best multi-tools out there. Mine is a decade old and still like new. it’s rugged and full of useful tools. This is a one stop survival tool or just a handy item to use instead of dashing to garage to get a hand full of real tools. It’s a godsend on Christmas morning.
Bic Lighter (Orange) – A simple reliable way to make fire. I could put a fire starter, like a blast match, in there but sometimes you just want a flame instead of a fire. This is and EDC fire maker, not the last resort starter you might keep in a real survival kit. Why Orange? Easier to see if it’s dropped versus black or another dark color.
Rite in the Rain Notebook and Tactical Pen – The name says it all. You can write on this paper in just about any conditions, its waterproof and the ink won’t run. The pen is also made for writing in less than ideal conditions. Sometimes you just need a pen and paper, you know.
Paracord – This stuff has so many uses its ridiculous. I’m not even going to attempt to list them. Check out Survivor Life or SurvivorGeek for extensive lists. It’s so light and compact, why not carry some? I’m going to learn to braid this stuff and then I can have it everywhere and it serves another purpose too. Zipper pulls, key chains and I’ve even got an idea to improve my tactical fishing bag (review coming soon)
Tire Gauge – This rides in my vehicle and it’s nice to have one to check tire pressure. Plus, I’m always loosing it so know I know where it is.
Eye Glass Screwdriver – This one is pretty personal. Last year I drove up to Virginia City to watch my sons play basketball. In the parking lot, my glasses fell apart, loose screw. I tried everything I could to get that screw in. I finally left, went to Wal-Mart in Carson City, 35 miles away, and bought a Stanley small screwdriver kit. Thankfully I had my sunglasses with me and it was daytime. Missed Owen’s game but made Henry’s. The screwdriver had my glasses back together in about five seconds. I have it with me almost all the time now.
That’s the list. I might think of other things, I can probably cram one or two more things in there, to place in the kit. Some basic first aid is on that list (bandages, ibuprofen, etc.). I’m not going to survive the zombie apocalypse with this kit but I can deal with the nagging problems that tend to occur more easily. It’s small enough to grab when I grab my keys and wallet, to throw in the center console of a vehicle and have it there when you need it. In fact, I will probably build another and just keep them there and maybe a smaller version for carrying on my person when I’m out and about. But this works for now and didn’t cost me too much money. Can’t ask for more than that.
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