Whether you are watching prepping videos on YouTube or reading posts on prepper sites you will see people referring to their EDC kit or they might refer to an EDC item. You might be asking yourself “What is and EDC kit?”
EDC is prepper slang for Every Day Carry. This can be an item like a knife or disposable lighter or it can be a kit that you have put together with items that you think will be helpful in any situation.
For example, I keep a pocket knife on me at all times so I refer to it as my EDC knife. I use it frequently for things as simple as opening boxes but it can also be used for things such as cutting cordage or shaving pieces of wood to create kindling to start a fire. Some people always have an ink pen on them – they may refer to it as their EDC pen.
There are many EDC kits available for purchase both online and in local stores. These will tend to have a little bit of everything in them so they can sometimes get a bit pricey. I think you are better off making your own EDC kit. All you need is a bag of some type to hold the items and then you can pick and choose what goes in it. It is always a good idea to use items that will work together when possible to cut down on the amount of items and the weight of your kit.
The bag should be waterproof so that any items you place in it will remain dry. The last thing you want is to need a flashlight or matches during an emergency and when you pull them out they no longer work because they got wet.
Here is a list of some common items for an EDC kit:
- Lighter or waterproof matches
- Local Maps
- Paracord or cordage
- Minor First Aid kit or an IFAK
- Respirator or mask to help filter the air
- Cash – Small denomination bills and some loose change
- Credit or Debit card
- Emergency Contact Info
- Pepper Spray or some other form of self defense
- Anything else that you think would be useful
Some people like to spread these items out instead of putting them in a bag. For example, they may always have a pocket knife on them and a lighter in their pocket. They may use a keychain that has a built in flashlight or wear a paracord bracelet.
How you create your EDC kit is up to you. The important thing is that you have one that is easily accessible to you and that you are familiar with the usage of the items in it.