The EDC (Every Day Carry) Survival Kit should be designed to contain the emergency and survival items that you will carry with you at all times. When you design you own kit, you will want to think about what things you can easily carry with you at all times, whether you are dressed up for work, school, or some other social activity, or just walking out the door in a t-shirt and shorts.
That means this EDC kit is going to be pretty small for most of us. We need to think about what items we can carry:
- To help in an emergency, or
- To simply make our life a little easier during different or difficult situations we may face every day.
This kit is going to be different for each person. Don’t wait. Put you’re EDC Kit together Before you need it!
My EDC Kit
To give you some ideas, let me show you my EDC kit and some of my thoughts and reasons for why I carry what I do.
First, like most of us, I carry my smart phone. Of course I have my emergency contact list saved in it, a flashlight app and several other useful apps that I often use. If you have a protective case over your phone, you can slip a little emergency cash and a back-up emergency contact list, in case your phone stops working and you need to borrow someone else’s phone.
Next, most of us always carry a wallet or purse. There are many different emergency tool cards made that can fit inside. I also carry a printed emergency contact list inside my wallet. I don’t know how many times my phone has died and I could’t remember someones phone number. I’ve gotten spoiled by being able to say “Call ___” or pressing just one button to reach someone.
I always carry a folding knife. I’ve carried several different ones over the years, some smaller, some larger. The one I currently carry is the Ontario Rat II. It’s a medium to smaller size that fits my hand well, and when clipped in my pocket, it fits so well, I forget it’s there. This is one tool I use all the time, from opening boxes and other packages, trimming a broken fingernail, cutting loose strings on clothing, and making holes in leather belts (when I get on a diet and workout routine to loose weight and get back in shape!). It can also be used as a defensive weapon.
On my belt, I carry a case with a small multi-tool. There is enough room in it to also carry a mini Bic lighter. I use the multi-tool for opening bottles, (I like my beer, but you can use it for your favorite beverage!), the small screwdrivers for tightening loose screws, and the small needle-nose pliers for pulling out small slivers or cactus needles (I live in the Southwest!).
In the small “watch” pocket in my jeans, I carry an Altoids Smalls tin with the following items:
- Extra cash (not shown)- Never know when you may need cash!
- 2 sewing needles; 1 with black thread and 1 with white thread. I’ve use these for torn clothing and loose buttons.
- 2 flexible fabric band aids (Use these too often!)
- A small packet of triple antibiotic ointment
- 2 butterfly bandages (for closing bigger cuts) (Thankfully, haven’t needed these yet)
- Ibuprofen tablets (for headaches or other muscle aches)
- Allergy tablets
- Antacid tablet
- Water purification tablets (Probably the least likely item I may use, but, hey, this is an EDC Survival kit, and they are tiny tablets!)
(*note: You need to eat the Altoids mints first!)
A couple of things I want to add to this are:
- A safety razor blade ( a backup blade to my knife)
- Small safety pin (Can be used to hold loose clothing. Ever “pop” off a button?!)
- Small length of wire (Like duct tape, wire can be used to fix almost anything) Hey, I’ve always liked MacGyver. (If you don’t know who MacGyver is, Google him. He’s the ultimate unconventional problem solver!)
Key Chain EDC
Finally, I also carry my keys which have a length of braided paracord and a Tactical EDC bottle attached. The paracord has many uses in an emergency or even in daily use. This Tactical EDC Capsule is a new item I just got and have yet to fill it. I’m planning on adding extra cash, matches and a ferro rod for firestarting. It has plenty of room for items, so I’ll have to think about what other useful items to add. It is kind of heavy, so I’ll be getting a quick release attachment for my key chain so I can detatch all my extra survival items and not have all that weight hanging from the key in the ignition.
I found a new EDC waterproof bottle that is a little smaller, measuring 2.4 x 0.6 inches. It comes as a six pack in random colors, with o-rings to make waterproof. They are made of aluminum and lighter in weight, so they should be easier to carry on my key chain.
I just recently added a new multi-tool, the Leatherman Squirt, to my keychain. This one is very small and lightweight, but very durable. This is my most favorite multi-tool I’ve ever carried.
A couple of useful things I’m considering to add to my keyring EDC kit are:
This key chain power bank has built-in Lightning and Micro USB connectors. So whether you are an iOS or Android user, this has you covered, like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung, HTC, LG, Blackberry, Sony etc. It will only give you a small charge, but that may be all you need for an emergency.
Pepper spray (for my wife)
These are the items I carry all the time for my EDC Survival Kit. They have proven very useful to me many times in the past, And It Will For You Too if you put your EDC Kit together right now!
Use this as a guide in designing your own Every Day Carry Emergency Survival Kit. Maybe you like the full size Altoids tins, or have some other way to carry your items with you. What ever works for you, just get’er done!
Send me pics and your lists of item in your EDC Kit, so that I can share with others. I would like to see what ideas you come up with. Make sure to Comment below.