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7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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The topic of everyday carry is not that popular on many survival blogs. I think the reason is that a lot of people worry too much about EMPs and other large-scale disasters and catastrophes — and too little about personal emergencies.

Yet there are a number of things that can happen to us … from getting mugged to getting stuck in the middle of nowhere because our car stalled. Avoiding all of these and more require not just knowledge and skills but also a number of essential items that you should at least try to carry with you every day.

No. 1. A folding knife

A folding knife fits in your pocket and, besides the infinite numbers of ways in which it can assist you, it has a great advantage: People won’t label you as a prepper for having one.

In fact, no small self-defense weapon (such as pepper spray) will get people to label you as such. You just tell them it’s for protection and they’ll leave you alone.

No. 2. A way to navigate

Whether you get lost in the wilderness or in a big city, you should always have means to find your way back. Leaving EMP events out of the equation, you should at least have GPS maps on your phone. Keep in mind that, even if the phone lines are down, satellites may still be working, showing you your location.

Another thing you should consider in your phone’s maps app is the ability to download them offline.

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Lastly, it wouldn’t hurt to add celestial navigation skills to your “mental EDC,” as well as to practice the ability to orient yourself relative to various points of interest.

No. 3. A bandana

Bandanas are amazing survival items that have a huge number of uses. Besides the obvious one — to protect your head from extreme heat — you also can use them to:

  • melt snow.
  • pre-filter water.
  • hold a broken arm as a sling.
  • collect foraged food.

No. 4. Lighter

Not just to light a fire and keep yourself warm, but there are other situations it could be useful:

  • to melt a zip tie if someone ties you up.
  • to start a fire to use as signaling.
  • to light your way in absence of a flashlight.
  • to open a bottle.

No. 5. A multi-tool

7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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Whether you opt for one of those micro multi-tools made by Leatherman or for one that’s credit-card shaped and fits in your wallet, you can carry with you at least 10 tools to aid in your survival: scissors, tweezers, screwdrivers, a ruler and many more.

No. 6. A “prepped” cell phone

When I say prepped, it should not only have a shock-absorbing case, but it also should be equipped with the apps and information you may need in an emergency. There are plenty of apps related to survival, and let’s not forget a maps application (with the option to download those maps for offline use).

No. 7. A mini-flashlight

I got the tiniest flashlight I could find on the market and attached it on my keyring. Sure, I can always use my phone, but what if I run out of batteries? Redundancy is never a bad thing.

Final Word

One last thing … don’t let anything stop you from expanding your EDC to your wallet and your pockets. Also, if you carry a laptop with you every day, don’t be shy about adding extra items in the laptop bag.

What would you add to our list? Share your tips in the section below:

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  1. #1 & 6 – if you have Google Maps app on your phone, you can check the menu for Offline Areas. You can set one or more areas to be downloaded to your phone so that the detailed maps are available even if the cell towers and Wi-Fi are down. You will be prompted to update Offline Areas once a month.

    If your phone is offline for over a month, make other plans.

  2. Always carry enough gold to bribe the border guards.
    – Catherine Austin Fitts

    Or the police who want to take your gun away.

    • nope, border guards and cops that are corrupt will take both the gold and any guns…you’ll be lucky to survive

      • Which is why, if you want to hang on to your gold, you may have to spend some lead. Not sure about this author’s suggestion that, in a grid down situation, you could still get cell phone signals from a satellite. Cell phone signals come from cell towers which would probably fail in a major SHTF scenario. Or, everybody’s favorite uncle, Sam, could simply choose to shut them down. Better off with a local map and a small compass.

  3. IMHO, handcuff keys and a tactical pen which has the capacity to snag tissue from an assailant (DNA).
    other items may include emergency cash and coins, small knife sharpener, watch if one is not worn daily a zipper attached compass.

    I also personally keep paracord approximately 10 yards or less for innumerable purposes, some form of head cover e.g. bandana or hat.


  4. Handy apps for your smartphone.

    First Aid App
    Knot Guide App
    Wild Edibles App
    Compass App
    Scanner Radio App
    Kindle App – great for e-books on just about any subject.

  5. Where is some type of cordage, some type of metal container for boiling water, and I prefer a ferro rod over a lighter

  6. I also add a 2’x2′ square of aluminum foil, folded down. There’s your cooking vessel, signal mirror, etc. I, too, recommend a ferro rod of some sort along with char cloth (which is EASY to make). I use a small plastic soap dish I got for $1 at Wally World & put the items in it (small knife, ferro rod, Wet Fire Tinder, Alum. foil, small Bic lighter, meds [I’m on Rx’s], small magnifying glass I found, and a printout of a survival guide I personalized which is folded down). I have a flashlight I carry on my belt as well as a small matches container, hand sanitizer, travel toothbrush, and folding knife in one or more of my pants pockets. That’s all in addition to carrying a concealed firearm with extra mag(s). Further, I keep a small “Go Bag” in my vehicle that is prepped for a month. Sometimes, depending on distance we’re traveling, I’ll instead use a better stocked “Go Bag” that is prepped for 2 people for a month.

    With a little foresight and planning, you can set up a “Go Bag” to be way more than adequate. That’s where you can start personalizing your pack for some “creature comforts” which are also important considerations for prepping. We are psychological beings and need to prep for those contingencies as much as anything medical, defensive, shelter, fire, food, etc.

  7. always protect your body watch right behind you.

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