One of the fascinating things about seeing different everyday carry setups is that they can vary so drastically from one person to another. There are many factors that can contribute to one’s EDC being so different from another’s, including their profession, what area they live in, and what their personal preferences are. What one’s everyday carry setup looks like can be as varied as their personality and interests.
For some, their EDC is simply an assemblage of items that they carry on a daily basis. They carry only the necessary tools and gear that help them get through their day. For others however, EDC represents a complete lifestyle. For these people, the idea of EDC covers all aspects of their lives, not just the gear in their pockets.
“For others however, EDC represents a complete lifestyle.”
As members of the latter group, we are all about living the EDC culture. Unsurprisingly to us, this also means that we love gadgets and pocket gear of all kinds. The fun of seeing someone else’s EDC setup is partly because we enjoy seeing which items work for different individuals. This in turn allows us to re-evaluate and improve our own EDC. Just what factors should be considered when selecting items to carry in your own EDC? Let’s take a look.
The knife is a disceptively useful tool. If you don’t carry one daily, we suggest you do so. If you do carry one, you can attest to how handy they are. There probably isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t use the ones that we carry. Instead of wrestling with the industrial-strength tape on that box that was delivered to you or risking getting maimed when tearing open those horrible plastic clamshell packages, use your knife to cleanly slice it open instead. Other than their everyday uses, knives are good to have on hand during unpredictable emergency situations too. Folding knives are compact and many come equipped with pocket clips that allow them to be easily carried and stowed away. Quality fixed-blade knives are stronger and can take much more abuse.
There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in complete or almost complete darkness with not access to light. That’s what might happen during an unexpected power outage or freak storm. Even if darkness doesn’t sneak up on you, like in a parking lot, there’s nothing like a bright light to help you survey the situation. Be prepared with a pocket-size light source that can help you locate your car in a dark parking structure or even ward off would-be threats. We prefer flashlights that are simple to operate, have multiple light settings, and use common types of batteries.
Most modern multi-tools are built for myriad uses, while some are designed for very specific uses. It’s up to you to decide which is best for you. Aside from your general-use tools, you can find ones that are designed for every profession or interest you can think of, from auto mechanics to weapon armorers. When choosing a multi-tool, we prefer ones that are easy to use and aren’t cluttered with tools that we don’t need.
With the rise of electronic identity theft, its important now more than ever to update your wallet so that it is shielded from RFID threats. Keep electronic pickpockets out by choosing an RFID wallet or card sleeves.
The aforementioned items are only a few of the basics in one’s EDC. In the linked articles, we will look at EDC load-outs from four people leading distinctly different lifestyles- survival, tech, travel and creative. While some types of items are universal to all four users, such as a smartphone or water bottle, other items are unique to each of the four setups. Let’s take a look, perhaps there is an item or two that can find a place in your EDC.
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the EDC Buyer’s Guide Winter, 2020 print issue of American Survival Guide.
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