Note: This is our third article in our series for new preppers. If you wish to start with the first,begin here)
These are the items you will have with you always at the office, school, business ect. These are lightweight items that fit comfortably on a belt, in pockets, in a purse, or a brief case.
Many new preppers forget that they may not always have instant access to basic survival items that they stock either at home or in their vehicle. When you are at work, school, ect. and an emergency happens, what if you cannot get to your vehicle for your BOB or to get home? Earthquakes and tornados can easily destroy you vehicle after you have taken shelter. So the idea of Every Day carry is just that.
There are an unlimited number of products and possibilities that you can employ to satisfy your individual situation and tastes. The items shown are simply representative of the types of items you should consider always having on you. Of course you will adapt your EDC to your lifestyle. White collar, blue collar or no collar, there are certain general areas you want to cover with your everyday cary items.
Your everyday carry items should encompass the following areas:
This Gerber Obsidian is not only an excellent pocket knife, but has a can opener, two screwdriverheads and a small file as well.
A Swiss Army knife is also great. Make sure you know your local laws on carrying knives.
This can be a full sized multi tool such as this Leatherman Charge on the left.
Or a mini like this one from Cabellas
Always have some sort of small light with you. It could be a mini-Mag light or a small one attached to your key chain.
Even if you don’t smoke having a cigarette lighter can be very useful.
Minimal First Aid
You can make a small but efficient minimal first aid kit that will fit in an Altoids can. I made mine using a Cabellas gift card can.
Communications (Cell Phone)
Having a charged cell phone in an emergency can be a life saver. You can dial 911 if injured. You can be found if lost by your signal. Many smart phones have GPS in them. These are truly modern miracles. The problem with them is twofold. First you have to be in range of a cell tower that works. Second, you have to have a charged battery.
The items listed here are easy to carry and have daily as well as emergency uses. You can cut wood or rope. You can make light repairs. Open cans and bottles. See in the dark. Tie things up and tie things down. Start a fire for warmth or signaling and manage minor injuries. You can call for help. And these items are always with you.
Now let’s talk about personal defense in regards to every day carry. I made this a separate issue due to a number of factors. If you live in Arizona where the law allows concealed carry of a firearm without a permit, you have a lot of options. If you live in New York City you don’t. A lot of places are somewhere in between. Many people choose not to carry a lethal weapon even if they are allowed.
There are a number of non-lethal options available, primarily various versions of pepper spray.
Sabre Red pepper spray
Even if you carry a lethal weapon, having a non-lethal choice also might be a good idea. For one thing they are quiet (except for the noise being made by the person or animal on the receiving end.. They are also inexpensive and easily available. The one pictured can be had for about $10.00
Remember that the whole idea of EDC is to keep you going until you can get to your main gear, whether it is your Get Home or Bug Out Bag in the vehicle, or your supplies at home. Having a way to defend yourself from predators either two or four legged kind is essential.
Now we are ready to begin understanding some basic Prepper concepts leading to building a bug out bag.