EDC: Every Day Carry


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EDCEDC: Every Day Carry

What do I carry in my pockets?

Do you carry a few essential items in your pockets or on your person for preparedness?  Whether you are traveling cross country in winter, or to the local convenience store for groceries, you should consider carrying a few basic items.

The most common EDC items are a knife and flashlight.  Do you carry a knife and flashlight with you at all times?  Why not?  I have always carried a knife with me, but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I started carrying a flashlight in my pocket.  You know what I found?  I use the flashlight almost every day!  I never thought it would be such a handy tool.  I use it at night to get into the house.  I use it in dark rooms.  I use it when there isn’t enough light to see the wires when I am working on home security alarm systems.  I use it more often than I would have thought.  I use my flashlight more often than most of the other things I carry COMBINED!

Let me pause a second to say that more than anything else, your choice of equipment should be high quality.  Always purchase the best EDC tools that you can afford.  Not only could they be essential to have, but they take a good amount of abuse since they are in your pocket EVERY DAY.  Also remember that two is one, and one is none.

Besides flashlights and knifes, what else would be essential as EDC?  I am not going to try to be exhaustive in listing everything possible, because some would be impractical for you, and at some point, you will not be able to carry it all without a backpack, or even a trailer.  What I carry in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii is going to be different than someone who lives in California, Texas, or New York.  Choose what you want to carry, and discard the idea of others you think are unnecessary.

I guess the best place to start is by telling you what my EDC consists of:

  • (2) Flashlights
  • (2) Knives
  • (1) Packing Knife
  • — Cell Phone
  • — Cash, Credit Cards, ID’s
  • — “Keychain with
  •             Signalling Mirror
  •             Lighter
  •             Knife
  •             Multi Tool
  •             Magnesium Fire Starter

This list is what I choose to carry.  Do you see items that you don’t need?  Are there a few more that you would want to carry as EDC?

EDC with GunIn Hawaii, we do not have concealed carry.  If I lived in one of the 40+ states that allow it, I would have a firearm (maybe two).

How about the following?

  • Pepper Spray
  • Whistle
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Spare Magazine with Ammo
  • Paracord Bracelet
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Wrist Watch
  • Compass
  • Kubaton
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Perscription Medicines

When deciding on your own personal list of items for EDC, make it as few or as many things that you find essential.  If you find yourself in an emergency, then you will be the one to benefit from the items you choose.

Mark Plischke
Aloha Alarm Company
Home Security Systems
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

 

 

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