Sunday, January 27, 2013

What's in Your EDC?(Every Day Carry)

by Robert Hawkins
You remember how Mom's purse was a bottomless pit of supplies?  She could pull out Band-Aid's, bobbipins, handkerchief, roadmap, cash, coins, chewing gum, tennis shoes, on and ON! Any "emergency", she was ready.  She'd just reach in and pull out a remedy, diversion, or some day-saving device, just what was needed in the nick of time.  Kinda like having a hardware store in a handbag.
So all that "stuff" was her "EDC", her "Every Day Carry", all the regular, or not so regular, or "you-never-know-when-you-need" STUFF! ...all available in a moment. Yeah, that's what you'll find in a purse, handbag, or daybag... problem is, no self-respecting Prepper would want to tote a purse, so you get imaginative...

In my case, I got a VEST!
With a look like I kissed the wrong end of a baby, I face the day...

Outside of Wallet and Car Keys, what you carry as you walk out into the world can be as wide ranging as different grains of sand. As much as each person has individual needs, so too will be the inventory of "stuff" you may assemble. But there are common basics. A knife, or scissors, a band-aid or two, something to make fire, "pin money" ...there's more, but you get the idea. The items that make up YOUR EDC, are items YOU think you need... needed for "whenever." So here's my EDC... I always admired those professional photographer type Khaki vest's with bulging pockets ...LOTS of pockets. And so being such a clothes horse... NOT! I have no regrets leaving the house each morning looking like I'm heading off on Safari.
The vest holds quite a haul...
(clockwise) Shortwave AM/FM radio, sugar glucose tablets, Swiss Army Knife, checkbook, poncho, ID Cards, Firestarter kit (with matches, firesteel, lighter,& tinder),  keychain screwdriver & phillips, ink pen,  photo memory cards, oloclip lens kit, USB card reader, mechanical pencil.

There's considerable weight there... likely 15 lbs of gear all together. But looking at me, you can tell I'm accustomed to carrying some weight... With everything squirreled away in pockets all over, the biggest problem I have is beating myself up patting all around for whatever I'm looking for.

Just in case my porch roof leaks,(it HAS in the past), I'm PREPARED!
What you need while out and about, can be easily carried with you with planning, ingenuity, and creativity. Regardless if you use a vest, backpack, handbag or Uhaul trailer, make your EDC neat, tidy, compact and prepared!

1 comment:

W7DTG said...

I was thinking about a Baofeng or Wouxun radio to carry around in my SHTF bag. The Baofeng is cheaper, but the wouxun has better audio quality.
my short review of the Wouxun

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