5 EDC Items I Carry On Me Everyday

Oct 03, 2016

5 EDC Items I Carry On Me Everyday

EDC has become so common place, even the guys from Myth Busters talk about their EDC.

Check out the video below to see Adam Savage’s EDC and whether you think it's up to the test.

Here are 5 of the items that I carry on me every day, and the reasons why they are a part of my EDC:

Cell Phone

I never leave home without it. So many emergency situations can be handled (or at least helped) if the right people know what is going on. The ability to simply call 911 can be a lifesaver….literally. For this reason alone I put a cell phone at the top of my list.

Even if you have zero bars for coverage on your cell phone, you should still try to contact 911. Your cell phone shows zero coverage because you have no coverage from YOUR service provider. That doesn’t mean another service provider is not in the area. And as required by federal law, network providers must transmit 911 call regardless of whether you use their service or not.

Even if there is no coverage at all, your phone will continue to transmit to the closest cell tower. This could let folks know your general area and that you are still alive.

If you cannot afford a smart phone, or don’t want a long contract, there are “Go-phones” out there that let you buy minutes as you go along. I would HIGHLY recommend at least having the ability to call for help in the event of an emergency.  They are also called “drop phones” for a reason.

In times of a huge disaster, like a tornado or hurricane for example, the cell service might be down. But if you have downloaded survival apps and books, you could still use your phone as a reference.

And finally, you can even use your cell phone battery and some steel wool to start a fire!

Knife

More than just a defensive tool, my knife can serve many purposes. For example, as long as I have trees around, I can make a fire using my knife and a shoe lace (Bow drill). I can cut branches for a temporary shelter, etc...

A good quality knife is one piece of equipment that I would not skimp on, and would recommend getting a high quality knife that will last you for years to come.

If you find yourself in a disaster setting that really requires you having to use a knife (opening up that package you just purchased does NOT count), then that is most likely the WORST possible time for your knife to break on you. Why risk it?

Spare Cash

I keep an extra $50 on me, hidden in my wallet (I ALWAYS have my wallet on me). I keep it in smaller denominations.

Sure, if there were ever a TEOTWAWKI event, there might be a time right at the beginning when some folks might still take cash. And smaller notes are great because you better believe that the other guy “won’t have change.”

But in reality, I carry it because I have found myself in situations where credit or debit cards were not accepted. I have been in a situation where I was driving a car “on fumes” (not my car) and the only gas station in that area could not take cards because their internet was down. So having some spare cash on me saved the day…and a LONG walk!

Flash Light

I can no longer count the number of times that I have found myself having to use a flashlight. I tried other small pocket flashlights without much luck. But when a friend highly recommended the Cree flashlight, I thought “For less than $5 it’s worth a shot.”

Well, he was right. For only a single AA battery, it puts out around 300 lumens. It clips firmly in my pocket, and it has never accidently fallen out. It is sturdy and well built. The power button is “subdued” and I have never accidently turned it on while still in my pocket.  My model comes with three different settings, including a “strobe” mode.

I recommend it for anyone wanting a small (weighs about 2.5 oz), but powerful, and durable pocket flashlight!

EDC Concealed Weapon

I carry a Sig P238 pistol concealed when off-duty. Always. With the threat of “Lone wolf” terror attacks, mass shootings, riots, and other civil disturbances ever increasing, I am always armed. If you do not have your conceal carry permit, I would encourage you to get it.

 

About the Author

A former outdoor survival instructor, James has worked in law enforcement as a police officer since 1999. James has a long history of being outdoors and developing survival skills. Making the rank of Eagle Scout at age 16, James has also attended and later became an instructor at a 3 month outdoor survival school teaching primitive living skills including land navigation, primitive fire making, locating and securing water, primitive shelter construction, and many other survival skills. Visit his preparedness site www.planandprepared.com for more of his writing, lessons from the field, and notes on being better prepared for unforeseen events.


Join over 27,496 people who already have a head start.

Get free survival and emergency preparedness tips directly to your inbox.

No Charge. Unsubscribe anytime.

100% Money Back Guarantee

Go Time Gear™ stands behind everything we sell. We want to be a part of preparing you and your family which means ensuring you have confidence in every product you’re counting on when you need it. If anything in your purchase fails to meet your expectations, you can return it for a replacement or refund within 30 days. We’re confident you will love the products from Go Time Gear™ and we’re willing to back it up. To process a refund, visit our support page.

Secure Shopping

Go Time Gear™ uses the latest security standards and encryption technology to ensure we maintain your trust and safety when we are responsible for any of your personal information. In fact, our encryption standards are the same level that large banks use to keep your information secure. From annual on-site assessments ensuring the proper infrastructure is in place, risk management analyses and procedures, cutting edge network security, and card holder data protections in place, everything is routinely monitored and tested to ensure you have a safe and secure shopping experience.

Free Shipping

Forget about dealing with complicated shipping policies, minimum orders, or excluded products. When you shop with Go Time Gear, you get free U.S. standard shipping on your entire order. Every time.

No minimums. No hassles. Just free shipping.