One of the most important pieces of equipment anyone interested in preparedness should put together is their EDC Kit. For our readers who may not be familiar with this term, the EDC stands for everyday-carry and is a term that describes the tools a person would carry around with them. Whether people know it or not, just about everyone carries an EDC kit. Most people’s everyday-carry kits consist of the smartphone, keys, and other daily essentials they take with them to the store or to work.

Our definition of an EDC kit is by necessity going to have to be a little more specific. That’s because we believe that everyone should carry around not only their daily essentials but also tools that can help them get out of a scrape if so needed. Tools that will allow just about anyone to be prepared for an emergency.

Since nobody can tell if they or when they’re going to need certain tools, it’s best to put together an EDC bag so that they can always be ready. In this guide, we’re going to go over some of the basics that people are going to want to carry with them in an EDC kit, and then we’ll talk about some of the ways the user can add to this basic kit to create an EDC that’s personalized to their needs.

Building A Basic EDC Kit

As promised, we’re going to start this guide talking about a few basics that everyone can carry with them to be better prepared. Since we fully understand that not everyone wants to purchase an EDC Backpack, the following list is for people who want to be able to carry the things they need in the pockets of their pants or in a coat. And we’re going to examine some of these items in a little bit more detail than we ordinarily would’ve.

A Knife

One of the most important things a person can carry around with them to ensure that they’re well prepared is a knife. That’s because knives are probably one of the most useful tools ever created by mankind. Imagine everything that can be done with a knife. It can be used for everything from whittling wood to skinning wild game, and it probably has about a million different uses we’ve yet to discover. It doesn’t matter if a person chooses a Swiss Army Knife or a Spyderco knife or something else—a person carrying a knife is always well prepared.

A Tactical Pen

Another piece of equipment that a person can carry around with them is a Tactical Pen. These pens are designed to not only give the user a high-quality writing instrument but is also designed to be used for self-defense purposes. Think of it as a small baton that can be carried around in your pockets and can be used to strike pressure points of assailants if you’re attacked. Many of the tactical pens made nowadays are also equipped with other features that make them handy for other uses as well. Some of these features include a glass breaker for shattering automobile glass in an emergency, survival whistles, fire starters, compasses, and even bottle openers.

A Flashlight

The last thing a person can add to a basic EDC kit is a flashlight. Flashlights are useful for all kinds of different situations including illuminating your deadbolt lock when you’re coming home at night, or illuminating an engine while you’re making an unexpected roadside repair. It doesn’t matter if the person buys one of those little flashlights that hang on their keys, or opts for a more useful Pen Light, we always find flashlights to be handy, and if you’ll excuse the pun, they’re always illuminating.

Creating A More Extensive EDC Kit

The above basic kit is something that everyone can carry without anyone thinking anything of it. However, since we understand that some people might need an EDC kit that has more useful tools in it, we’ve decided to write this section on the subject. The following items can be added to a basic EDC kit to create something that will truly help anyone out of any dangerous situation.

The EDC Bag

The first thing that a person should do when making an advanced everyday carry kit is to purchase the right EDC Bags. These bags are designed specifically to be used to house items in an EDC kit and are designed to be extremely durable and easy to wear. Some of these bags are like duffle bags that can be tossed in the backseat or trunk of a car, and others are designed as EDC Backpacks.

A Multi-Tool

Another thing that can be packed in an advanced EDC kit and is quite useful is a multi-tool. These tools not only have knife blades, but they’re also equipped with various tools that can prove helpful in just about any situation. Although there’s quite a bit of variance between these tools, most of them have a bottle opener, screwdriver, pliers, wire cutters, files, can openers, and other such accessories.

Other Tools To Pack In An EDC Bag

As most people will probably imagine, there’s more to an advanced EDC Kit than having a knife, tactical pen, flashlight, multi-tool, and EDC backpack. There are also a number of other tools that people can add to their kits to make it more useful to them. Some of the items that can be found in most EDC kits include:

  • Credit Card Multi-Tool
  • Compass
  • Paracord
  • Portable Poncho
  • Portable Emergency Blanket
  • Chewing Gum
  • A Mini-Fishing Kit
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Vaseline
  • Folding Saw
  • Cotton Balls
  • Fire Starter
  • Signal Whistle
  • Super Glue
  • Water Bottle
  • Lighter

Some Final Notes

The following list is a pretty good start for most EDC kits, but consumers are likely going to want to customize their kit according to their needs and their location. Some people may need an EDC bag for taking to a downtown office building, and other people may need an EDC bag for carrying while they’re on a ranch. That’s why everyone should take our suggestions and build their own everyday-carry kit according to their own needs.