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My EDC: 12 Survival Items I Carry Every Single Day To Stay Safe

My EDC: 12 Survival Items I Carry Every Single Day To Stay Safe

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Every single adult in the world has an EDC – that is, an everyday carry. An EDC is simply the items that one carries on his or her person each day, particularly when they leave the house.

That being said, not all EDCs are equal. While there is no such thing as a “perfect EDC,” it’s still a good idea to carry around items with you that make you prepared for emergencies or other dangerous situations.

Here is what I carry:

1. WALTHER PPQ M2 9MM (IN GALCO SUMMER COMFORT IWB HOLSTER)

My primary carry pistol is the Walther PPQ M2 9mm, which I usually conceal in a leather Galco Summer Comfort IWB holster on my right hip. The PPQ disappears very nicely underneath a jacket, sweatshirt or even under just a normal T-shirt.

The only modifications I’ve made to my PPQ are replacing with the polymer factory night sights with Meprolight Night Sights and the plastic guide rod with a stainless steel one. I use Independence 115 Grain JHP ammunition.

2. SPARE PPQ MAG (IN GALCO MAG HOLDER)

I always like to have at least one spare magazine for my PPQ with me, which I carry on my left hip in a Galco single mag carrier. During the winter or when I’m wearing a heavier coat or jacket, I’ll carry two spare magazines in a double mag carrier.

3. RUGER LCP II .380 ACP (IN RUGER POCKET HOLSTER)

I believe it’s important to carry a secondary/back-up gun for a number of reasons, and my choice is the Ruger LCP II .380. I carry it in my left front pocket in a neoprene holster that shipped with the gun and that works very well at keeping the pistol secure in the pocket. The LCP II is very light and small, so I usually don’t even notice it on me.

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Note: I specifically chose to carry the LCP II in my left pocket rather than my right so I can access a pistol with either hand.

4. BUCK KNIVES REDPOINT KNIFE

My defensive knife is the Buck Knives Redpoint Knife. It’s a manual assisted model with a very ergonomic grip with a sharp serrated blade, and also comes with a window breaker and seatbelt cutter on the opposite side. I keep the Redpoint clipped into my right front pocket.

I’ve practiced with it extensively and am able to pull it out and flip open the blade very quickly despite the fact that you should manually do so rather than just push a switch.

5. SWISS ARMY KNIFE

I also carry a Swiss Army-style knife for utilitarian purposes in my right front pocket. Mine comes with a knife blade, scissors, screwdriver, corkscrew and two saw blades.

6. SCHRADE TACTICAL PEN

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I keep a Schrade Tactical Pen clipped to my left back pocket, and while I normally use it for simply writing on paper, if I had to I could use it for defense, as well. Tactical pens really do deserve more credit than they receive; the pointed edge could easily puncture holes in an opponent with enough force.

7. CREE ULTRAFIRE FLASHLIGHT

In my right front pocket I also keep a Cree Ultrafire Flashlight. It comes with three different lighting modes (bright, low and strobe).

8. CHAP STICK

Not only do I hate chapped lips, but I also carry chap stick for the fact that it’s very flammable and could come in handy in a survival situation.

9. HAND SANITIZER

On days where I have a jacket or sweatshirt on me, I’ll carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in one of the jacket pockets for both sanitation purposes and the fact that it’s very flammable should I need to get a fire going in a survival situation.

10. WALLET

Pretty standard, but in my back right pocket I carry a leather wallet with my various licenses, cards and cash. I try to keep cash on me at all times.

11. SMARTPHONE

My current phone is the iPhone 6S. I believe carrying a phone is critical for several reasons, the most important being to get in touch with your family members during a crisis.

12. KEYS

Last but not least, I carry my keys in my front right pocket. Not only do I need my keys to get into my car and my house, but you could also use them defensively by putting a key in between your fingers.

What is in your EDC? Share your list in the section below:

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5 comments

  1. I like a Zippo lighter with the guts swapped out for a Thunderbird butane insert. You can come off as a classy gentleman, and many stoners will think you’re one of them. The article mentioned Chapstick and sanitizer for their flammability; the lighter also aids in that department while taking up minimal space. There are also models that are highly polished that you may be able to use for mirror signaling.

  2. I learned many years ago to never carry a wallet in the back pocket. It’s a pick pocket’s dream. ( NO they didn’t get it, but still…)
    I carry mine in a front pocket opposite my BUG.

  3. I liked the list but I have a different list.
    1. I carry the pocket bushman knife in my right pocket
    2. I carry a 6″ x 1/2″ ferro rod in my left pocket that has a lanyard woven with 10 feet of para cord.
    3. I carry a bic lighter in each pocket, they light when wet and make sparks even when empty.
    4. I carry a flint and magnesium block from harbor freight in my left pocket.
    5. I have some folding reading glasses in my left pocket in a hard case.
    6. I carry a vicks pocket inhaler in my right pocket.
    7. I carry a Kahr CM9 in either front pocket or in my urban carry holster inside pants, spare mag in pocket.
    8. I carry my phone in right rear pocket
    9. I carry my wallet in my left rear pocket.
    10. In my wallet I have a flat magnifier, a readyman 01 wilderness survival card, a folding credit card knife, a lock pick credit card, a handcuff key, about 20 inched of duct tape folded to the size of a dollar bill, a spare house key and truck key.

  4. I liked the list but I have a different list.
    1. I carry the pocket bushman knife in my right pocket
    2. I carry a 6″ x 1/2″ ferro rod in my left pocket that has a lanyard woven with 10 feet of para cord.
    3. I carry a bic lighter in each pocket, they light when wet and make sparks even when empty.
    4. I carry a flint and magnesium block from harbor freight in my left pocket.
    5. I have some folding reading glasses in my left pocket in a hard case.
    6. I carry a vicks pocket inhaler in my right pocket.
    7. I carry a Kahr CM9 in either front pocket or in my urban carry holster inside pants, spare mag in pocket.
    8. I carry my phone in right rear pocket
    9. I carry my wallet in my left rear pocket.
    10. In my wallet I have a flat magnifier, a readyman 01 wilderness survival card, a folding credit card knife, a lock pick credit card, a handcuff key, about 20 inched of duct tape folded to the size of a dollar bill, a spare house key and truck key.

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  5. I take exception to the choice of a secondary (backup) firearm that is not an exact match to the primary firearm. My reasons follow:

    1). Both firearms have the same controls, sights, and handling characteristics.
    2). Both firearms use the same cartridge loads and magazines. There’s no mis-match of magazines
    or ammunition should one or the other be dropped, lost, damaged, or inoperable. Yes, you can fire
    .380 cartridge in a 9mm firearm. You cannot fire a 9mm cartridge in a .380 pistol. Nor are the
    magazines inter-changeable.
    3). Either firearm will fit the same preferred carry method.

    Just my thinking on the matter.

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