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#291792 - 02/10/19 08:50 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: haertig]
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Registered: 06/02/06
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EDC for survival? ó not really, that kit is much bigger with much more capability than I need for daily use.
EDC for daily use? ó Yep, nothing is wrapped up or stored in a kit, itís all user gear.

I need to clarify. I donít EDC gear in case a survival situation occurs in my daily life; I EDC items for daily use and those core items are used regularly. I carry the core gear around the house. Here at my desk I have a couple knives, my headlamp and a 1xD LED lantern that is excellent for lighting the room during a power outage. Other around the house survival equipment might include a fire extinguisher, but Iím not going to EDC a Kidde dry chemical tank, if thereís an emergency one is available. OTOH, when I walk out the door, things are added such as that previously mentioned flip-phone.

If out driving there will be a largish survival kit in the truck that includes more gear than an individual could carry, obviously that would not be considered EDC. If Iím on a dedicated walk/hike, additional gear would be carried (water/FAK/GPS/flip-phone...et al) depending on the walk/hike and weather conditions.

BTW, itís SOCAL and despite the rain weíve had lately, this is still the edge of the desert and starting a fire in suburbia is bad form. So no, I donít EDC my fire kit, the chaparral is great tinder, but not in a good way.

This is all just to say that EDC gear must have a purpose other than weighing down my pockets. I EDC a small bit of core gear and carry other gear as conditions and situations warrant.

#291793 - 02/10/19 10:51 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3060
Loc: USA
A thought on carrying a knife.

Sometimes, perhaps not often, a knife is really, really helpful towards getting a fire going, or building a shelter.

My opinion for some time has been that a knife is very difficult to improvise, along with a light and a fire starter. Situations and problems vary, but those are my personal top three things to not be without when outdoors, after appropriate footwear and clothing.

#291794 - 02/10/19 11:02 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6770
Loc: southern Cal
"BTW, itís SOCAL and despite the rain weíve had lately, this is still the edge of the desert and starting a fire in suburbia is bad form. So no, I donít EDC my fire kit, the chaparral is great tinder, but not in a good way."

Truer words were never spoken (or typed!)....!!! I spend a fair amount of time on the Channel Islands (Cal) and although I still carry my lighting materials, I would generally not ignite a fire - it's just too windy. Some sort of canister stove is the only rational item, but even then one must be careful...
Geezer in Chief

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