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#291792 - 02/10/19 08:50 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: haertig]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5333
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]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3360
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]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7292
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

#292829 - 07/25/19 04:41 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5333
EDC is always a good topic here so a look at Adam Savage's Everyday Carry (EDC) - YouTube may be of interest. No knife or MT (TSA confiscation is mentioned), but he does EDC a 1xAAA LED light.

#292830 - 07/25/19 11:40 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
acropolis5 Offline

Registered: 06/18/06
Posts: 358
Chaosmagnet: My work also takes me into government and other secured buildings. My spread out EDC trauma and first-aid-kit is as follows: On my keychain , with my FenixEO5 ( with backwards pocket clip to fit to a hat brim or headband , to use as a headlamp) & Yellow Photon Freedom ( mounted backwards in its neck dangler to prevent accidental ď onĒ)and large Bison cylinder whistle, is a Bison medium cylinder pill vial ( wrapped in 12Ēx2Ē Gorilla Tape). A yellow Mini-Bic lighter with tape under the plunger to prevent accidental discharge is also in my pocket.

The pill vial contains 5x81mg. chewable aspirin for heart attacks; 4 generic Benadryl,for allergic/ anaphylactic attacks; 2 caffeine tablets & 2 pseudoephedrine tabs for congestion and emergency energy boost; 3 ibuprofen tabs for pain. I havenít figured out how to add 2 Tylenol, to greatly enhance the pain relieving power of the ibuprofen. The tape can be used to secure a dressing, for incipient blisters or as a chest seal with a credit card or alone.

Next to my wallet is my multi-purpose utility/ trauma dressing kit. This consists of a clean, XL , orange or yellow cotton bandana , HOT dry ironed , folded/ refolded/ re-ironed to pocket size and slipped into a sterile Gerber Breat Milk Bag. The bag edges and one side, reinforced w Gorilla Tape. Press out the air with a book when itís hot and it almost vac seals and flattens the kit. The other bag side has a taped-on flat roll of 48Ēx2Ē Gorilla Tape, folded over piece of clear report cover. This gives me a trauma bandage, smoke mask, sling, signal flag, chest seals (bag+tape), splint wrap, etc.

In a back pocket is another hot ironed , XL, yellow bandana, not bagged. This is for utility use or as a tourniquet, with my pocket carried Browning / glassbreaker, flashlight /pen, as a windlass for the tourniquet. Added benefit: almost impossible to pickpocket my wallet wedged against bandana packet.

In my wallet is an H-shaped bandaid, alcohol pad in foil packet ( also good tender) & some dental floss, along with my Medic-Alert ( and I wear a MedicAlert neck medallion).

When security inspection or legal prohibitions are not an issue, I also EDC a LM Xe6 and a Spyderco Delica or Dragonfly.

Additionally, while not strictly a medical item, I carry $500+ in cash, mostly $20s & some $1bills ( for candy machines) . In the words of Mr. Dylan ď money doesnít talk, it swears.Ē In a blackout or blizzard, when credit cards wonít process, cash buys you the unavailable hotel room, plane/train/bus ticket, taxi ride, tank of gas and may dissuade a mugger from harming you. So if it can save my posterior, I call it a medical kit component.

Finally, my smart phone ( Mophie power pack included) has various useful emergency apps, including SAS Survival Mannual, First-Aid Mannual, pill identifier, compass, flashlight, etc.

Edited by acropolis5 (07/26/19 12:10 AM)

#296304 - 06/04/20 07:10 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2433
Facemask, hand sanitizer, stylus for pushing buttons

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