The Every-Day Carry List
Everyday carry (EDC) or
Every Day Carry refers to a small collection of tools, equipment and
supplies that are carried on a daily basis to assist in tackling situations
ranging from the mundane to the disastrous.
The term EDC also refers to
the philosophy or spirit of 'preparedness' that goes along with the
selection and carrying of these items. Implicit in the term is the sense
that an EDC is an individual's personal selection of equipment, arrived at
after deliberation, rather than a standardized kit.
EDC items normally fit
in a pocket, or small pack, or can be attached to clothing. Emphasis is
placed on the usefulness, accessibility and reliability of these items. As
an example, the core elements of a typical EDC might include a folding
pocket knife, a flashlight and a multi-tool. These items are often
collected into a pack or organizer.
I started keeping an EDC bag years ago, and a couple of months before
Hurricane Ike struck Houston in late 2008, it started evolving into a full
emergency preparedness kit. My wife made fun of me for it at the time, but
stopped laughing when the contents came in handy more than once during the
week and a half without power after the hurricane.
I've got a separate
site detailing the contents of that setup:
Note that this is not strictly a "bug out" list, but more of a "stuff
you might or will need after an emergency or disaster".
Eventually this page will link to a list of my current EDC items.
For historical reference, I've got a Flickr
photo set of my bag and contents as of late 2007 / early 2008 before
the hurricane and lessons learned from that experience..
Other Every-Day Carry Sites & Lists: