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Personal Every Day Carry Kit (EDC)

A lot of people do not know what EDC stands for.  In the survival/preparedness world, it means Every Day Carry.  Typically, this means things you chose to carry every day that would help you if a disaster struck you without access to your B.O.B. (Bug Out Bag).  This could be anything from your car breaking down and being stranded, to a sudden tornado or hurricane hitting your area.  Do not confuse the EDC kit with a BOB.  (Either a 72 hour BOB or a long-term BOB)  That is not what the purpose of an EDC kit is.  The purpose is simply to deal with everyday situations that might occur in combination with things like injury, outdoor preparedness, and protection.

An EDC is generally not something you buy pre-made.  It is a kit that is put together after deliberating on the things that would satisfy your ability to handle any given situation.  You can do a search online and find many sites where people compare their items. This is a good place to start if you want a general idea of what some folks carry.


The most common things I have found in every EDC kit so far is a multi-purpose utility tool, a knife, and personal protection such as a fire arm. You have to be careful about this because some countries do not allow personal fire arms. If you are in a country that does allow it, you must make *certain* you have all the right carry permits you are supposed to avoid prosecution.

Items that I carry in my kit are:

  • Pen/small notebook
  • bandana
  • 1 pocket knife/ 3 throwing knife (In case I miss the first and second time haha)
  • Task Force flash light and batteries.
  • emergency whistle
  • Prepaid calling card/cell phone
  • List of phone numbers (Kept in my notebook and written on the inside cover)
  • Spare Keys
  • Emergency Cash (small bills only)
  • 3 days worth of my medication
  • Lighter/and small orange tube with water proof matches.
  • Mirror
  • A few Band-Aides and neosporin on the go spray.
  • Pre paid visa card (The kind you put money on, NOT my bank card)
  • Wallet with ID and other things a basic wallet has.
  • Bayer back and body
  • Compass/ local street map and state map
  • Eye glass repair kit
  • Nail clippers
  • Sun glasses
  • Chap stick
  • Small child size hair brush (I am a girl so if there is a disaster I want to look good during it. :) )
  • Travel size deodorant/cleansing wipes/Orbit gum
  • Poncho
  • Hand sanitizer

I posted a link to my flash light for a reason; to show you the size and the basic cost.  Some of the things people carry in their everyday kit, like flashlight, multi-purpose tools, or knives, can be more expensive than ordinary generic items.  Often times people purchase tactical gear that police and military use because when it comes to these items they are proven to be reliable over long periods of time, whether they are used or not.  Trust me, when it comes to disasters, you want to make sure you have reliable gear, not something that falls apart.

How you choose to carry your items is up to you.  Men tend to carry these things in cargo style pants with big pockets, waist or fanny packs or small back packs.  Women seem to use their purses since that is basically what it is any ways, right ladies? :)  Whatever you choose, it should be comfortable and easily accessible for you.

I hope this article helps you understand what an EDC kit is, and helps you  to create one for yourself.  Please feel free to add what you carry in your EDC in our comments section for others to read.  You may have something we haven’t thought of that we should have. :)  In the meantime….

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Jalapeño Gal

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17 Comments on "Personal Every Day Carry Kit (EDC)"

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  1. Thank you for this excellent post. I really need to get an EDC bag together soon!

  2. 'Jesse Banke says:

    i got one in my truck and one in the house. primarily on every day use I either go for one of them for the needle nose pliers or for the knife, even though I have like 15 other knifes.

    • I love knives to so I don’t blame ya there Jesse! After reading over the article, I wish I had elaborated more on what I have ON my key ring. On my key ring I carry, Paracord ‘mini’ stick: 10feet of Type III paracord tied in a tangle-free, reusable stick.
      Paracord whistle end: To be used in case of emergency, small pealess whistle at the end of a small para-cord lanyard.
      Ferro/fire rod is a woven para-cord case so it can be removed when needed. Size is 3/16″ x 2.5″.
      Striker for ferro rod
      Small pill fob to carry any tinder for fire-making.
      Waterproof ‘Peanut” lighter as another source for fire making. Just add a little standard lighter fluid and always keep on hand. Item has an “O” ring seal that prevents evaporation.
      Bright LED light.

      All of it is secured with a 6 inch steel cable with a little screw thingy on it so you can remove things easily.

      I actually bought all of those things as one on ebay lol. Its the best purchase I have ever maid as far as EDC stuff!!


  3. Suburban says:

    The most crucial part of my EDC is my smart phone. Besides allowing voice and txt communications, it is a GPS, camera, notepad, gets me on the Internet for email and browsing, serves as an Internet hot spot for other devices, stores all my most important information in encrypted form, and allows me to access my DropBox for all the information I don’t have actually stored in the phone.

    Because 1 is none and 2 is one, I also carry an iPod touch that duplicates all the capabilities of my phone, except the phone and GPS.

    With regards emergency cash, I believe that a $20 bill should be the largest you carry, because anything larger will not be able to be used in an emergency. If possible it is good to carry enough cash to be able to take advantage of unexpected buying opportunities.

    Credit cards can be useful, but often I find a given store does not accept my usual card, so having a card from a different credit card system can be a lifesaver.

    I carry a Victorinox Swiss army knife, which has tons of functions. The most used thing is the scissors, followed by the magnifying glass and the can opener. My knife is old, but once they came out with an eyeglass screwdriver that would fit the corkscrew, I added that to my knife.

    On my belt is a BuckTool 360. This is a great multitool with a pair of knife blades I use for all my everyday cutting tasks.

    My last knife is a small hollow ground folding knife that clips to my pocket and is razor sharp. I reserve this for when I need something extremely sharp.

    Besides the usual wallet stuff, I also carry similar items on my person somewhere other than in my wallet. Why lose everything if you lose your wallet? One important ID item is a Passport card. This is a fully valid US Passport in the form of a small card. It can be used as proof of ID and citizenship here in the USA, and can be used for ground & surface travel to Mexico and Canada. I keep my regular Passport locked up, but the Passport card is always with me.

    In addition to my EDC I have a rolling computer bag that goes with me almost everywhere. If it is not with me it is in my car. It holds my next level of stuff that I want access to but don’t want on my person.

    The last part of my Get Home Kits is what is stored in my car. This has everything from auto repair stuff to a large first aid kit and solar charger for my phone.

  4. Very nice list Suburban!! solar charger for a phone? Hmmm where do i get one of those?


    • Suburban says:

      Jalapeno Gal –

      The solar charger we use is the Goal Zero Nomad 7:

      They also sell these with a charger for AA cells.

      They will charge a dead phone in about 4 hours of bright direct sunlight. By direct I mean exactly that. Put the solar panels on the inside of a window and they will not work. Put them on the outside of the glass and they work great. The reason is that glass filters out a lot of the ultra-violet part of sunlight which has a lot of the energy that gets turned into electricity.

      I have also used these to charge my iPod Touch, and my ham radio. Just about anything that can be charged by USB or not more than 7 watts of 12 volts can be charged. The Nomad 7 comes with a “cigarette lighter” style power adapter to charge things that need 12 volts.

      These chargers fold up small for portability. For an extra layer of protection I put the folded Nomad 7 in a Ziploc bag. I love Ziploc bags, and pack many parts of our kits in them. They keep things organized and protect from water.

      • THANK YOU!! I just found my next purchase :) Can I send my hubby to you if he gets mad lol JK JK

        Thanks again for this info. I had no idea you could charge your cell phone with solar panels lol


  5. I carry one of these in my pocketbook; makes it a little heavier but worth it!

  6. David Wilburn says:

    I’ve made up some bo kits for food sources. I could never throw away the three lb. plastic coffee cans, and i’m glad i didn’t! They would easily feed at least two for two days.Inside i put; (in a qt. ziplock bag), Two boil-in-bags of instant rice,one pkg. brown gravy mix,one instant onion soup pkg.,four sugar packets,four alternative pkg of sweetner,salt&pepper packets, ketchup if desired. In the next zip-lock, i put two pkgs. of snack crackers, two pkgs. of nutriton bars(flavors vary), small ziplock of coffee(desired amount), and a emergency candle. At the bottom of the can, i put two small cans of tuna, or chicken breast meat. I made water-proof candles(drip parafin on heads), add cotton balls, and you have a grab and go food source. I’ve made ten in a short time, and could hand out some to friends. Can’t wait to get more cans! Other necessities can go in the larger bob. Think safe, stay ready!

  7. Thats an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing. :)


  8. Early summer storms here in rural Va. Lost all electric power for several days. No debit cards, credit cards worked, no one accepted anything but cash. Right on advise to have nothing larger then $20’s. Add to your BOB or EDB a hand held CB. I have a Midland 75-822 works great. Had that with Eaton Red Cross emergency radio. Knew everything that was going on during the storms. We had 5 tornados that night. Midland has 9 National weather channels on it.

  9. CajunSportsman says:

    Just curious as to why you picked that flashlight.  Seems to have extremely short battery life (advertised as only 2 hours) and it uses somewhat non-standard batteries that would be hard to find in a pinch.  Why not a normal AA LED light that could give you longer life and would have more easily attainable and rechargeable batteries?

    • I picked that flash light because I did not want to carry a flash light I rarely use in my bag and risk battery corrosion. If it was one I planned on using for hours and hours I may have gone another direction, but for my EDC, it is strictly for an emergency until I can get home. I have had mine for going on 4 years now and never had to change the batteries. :)