What’s In Your EDC?


When you walk out of the door at home in the morning headed to work, play, shopping, errands, or whatever, what are you carrying to protect yourself or help you survive the day? The ideal idea behind the Every Day Carry (EDC) concept is to take a certain number of things with you each and every day to keep you safe or provide some basic level of security.  What do you carry?  What should you carry?


While there is no hard and fast rules about what items an Every Day Carry set should contain, the overall consensus lists several definitive EDC necessary items. EDC is for protection, a base level of survival, escape and evasion from any threat that might crop up during the day.

First and foremost for personal defense and protection, a concealed carry firearm of some type is usually the first item on the list to carry. If you elect to carry a weapon on a daily basis, then it is advised to obtain a legal carry permit in your state.  Then participate in the appropriate training to know how to carry and use a concealed weapon legally and safely.

Choose your carry weapon carefully. Also select an IWB or OWB holster for comfortable carry as well as quick access.  There are endless choices of custom fit molded holsters and pocket carry types such as Sticky holsters.

If you carry a firearm as part of your EDC, then you are going to want extra ammo. Most often this is in the form of a loaded magazine for a pistol.  If your choice is a revolver, then figure a way to carry a speed loader or speed strip with extra ammunition.  Pistol magazines can be held in a variety of mag carriers in or out of the pants waistband or inside a pocket.

The third EDC item is a knife. You’ll want a folder that can be deployed with a thumb open option.  Knife uses are endless from cutting a vehicle safety belt to opening boxes at work, cutting rope or cord, etc.  The next item would be a flashlight.  Simply put, you never know when you might get caught in the dark.  Pick a good durable, reliable model.

Some people carry other items such as a tourniquet, but those are for people trained to use them. Have a watch, and a cell phone for emergency communications.  Your EDC might vary, but pick carefully, and plan to have the items with you every day.

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