I am currently building my EDC. I have it about 90% completed and wanted to know what you guys think of it and if you have any changes/ideas I could make to it.
My EDC is a 4 level system. My first level are the items I could not leave home without. My second level consists of important items, but I could survive without them. My second level consists mainly of tools I carry. My third level is made up of the items that I would carry in my jacket (or if I'm wearing cargo pants/shorts) my cargo pockets. My third level items are items I can live without, but I like having them with me. My fourth level consists of my EDC backpack, laptop bag, or 5.11 Tactical PUSH Pack.
-Keychain (housekey, Streamlight Nano, Swiss+Tech Utili-Key, County Comm Split Pea Lighter)
-Homemade Mini Medi(TM)
-Streamlight Stylus Pro or Preon 2AAA
-Gerber ParaframeI Camo
-Altoids Tin Survival Kit
-Fisher Space Pen
-Rite in Rain Notepad
-Streamlight Ultra Compact ProTac 2L
I have 3 EDC Backpacks. They are tailored for different situations. I carry a 5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 as a full size EDC Backpack. I also carry a Swiss Gear laptop case that is my EDC pack for school settings/ business settings. I also carry a 5.11 Tactical PUSH Pack when I am in situations where I can't carry either my laptop bag or my COVRT 18.
Please give me suggestions on what I could do better or change or add or take out. I think my EDC is pretty solid, but I know that it can be changed.
I would add some type of striker to your key chain, and a lighter with a high alcohol content hand sanitizer with cotton balls with Vaseline to your pack.
Something to consider is always wearing a cotton t-shirt. A t-shirt can be use as emergency tp, a bandage/pressure bandage/tourniquet, firestarter and a dew rag and that just off the top of my head.
Gee, I almost carry more stuff on my keyring than in your level 1 & 2.
I hope you pack extra batteries for each of those flashlights that you list.
Me, I look at two levels, EDC on body carry and EDC pack carry.
Of the stuff I won't leave home with ON MY BODY includes a decent sized folding knife, multitool, bandana, defensive weapon, bic lighter, comb, flashlight, cellphone, paracord bracelet and keyring. On the keyring is keys(duh), medium S-biner, LED light, Peanut lighter, small ferro rod, 2" spyderco clone locking knife, approx. 3' paracord coil. And I use a "mechanic's keyring" from Countycomm.com which is a metal cable with a screw together fitting to easily add or remove items.
My every day carry for comparison and possible ideas:
Equivalent to your level 1:
cell phone - shirt pocket
Maglite Solitaire LED flashlight - left hip pocket
Redi-edge knife sharpener - #2 keychain, right front pocket
whistle - #2 keychain, right front pocket
Spare truck key - #2 keychain, right front pocket
pocket knife - right front pocket
medications - (in linked geo-cache tubes) in left front pocket
bandanna - right rear pocket
Bic lighter - left front pocket
Gentleman’s SAK - #3 keychain, left front pocket
Leatherman Micra - #3 keychain, left front pocket
appropriate clothing including wide brim hat, suspenders, belt, boots
Wallet w/ID, cash, debit card, insurance card, etc - left rear pocket
Rite-in-the-Rain notebook - shirt pocket
2 ink pens - shirt pocket
Keys & truck remote - #1 keychain, right front pocket
Equivalent to your level 2:
Added to belt when going afield
Wenger Survivor SAK
Leatherman Surge multi-tool w/bits
Equivalent to your level 3:
Tactical khaki shirt and pants, leather jacket in season
allweatherfirestarters.com magnesium bar/ferro bar/striker - left thigh pocket
2nd bandana - left thigh pocket
Zip-lock bag w/jerky & gorp, + a couple of Millennium bars - right thigh pocket
Surefire G2 LED flashlight in pouch on belt
Brass Zippo lighter w/fuel cell - in pouch on belt
2-liter SS water bottle - carabinered to belt or carried in hand, usually
Don't really have a level 4 EDC pack. Pretty much go up to the Get-home-bag, not something I carry on me, but have available when I'm in the vehicle.
Just my opinion and the way I do it.
Jerry D Young
Clothing appropriate for the climate, environment and task.
typically Light hiking boots
set of keys
Single AAA LED flashlight (16 hour minimum run time)
Pill bottle with aspirin
SAK victornox Tinker (one knife is plenty)
Clean handkerchief, 1 ea.
occasionally a thumbnail drive
$200 cash minimum
6 large fabric band aids
contact numbers and encoded account numbers
I have no use for cell phones.
I have no need to carry weapons in normal circumstances
I have no need to carry a purse/pack.
There are significant tools and first aid (and some other) supplies in all my vehicles and in the shop, no need for more than the SAK on my person.
I don't need to EDC food and/or water, in normal circumstances.
I have no need for "tactical" anything.
2x CRKT M21-02 tactical folders (One large one small)
Wilderness Instructors Belt (Titanium)
1 Gen 3 Glock 19 in Safari Land 27 83 holster with modified C-clip
2X 15 round mags in Comptac single mag carriers
(My gun and mags are always concealed)
In my Maxpedition bag:
1X Tac light
4x spare bateries
1 X Sog Multi tool
1 Rat Izula knife
5m para cord
Quick sharp stone
Some spare Ellen keys
Surefire Earplugs 2 sets (never know when I’m hitting the shooting range)
5 x spare Glock 19 15 round mags
Thanks guys for commenting. Let me clear up a few things. These items are only the items I carry on my person. My Jeep or F-250 are both full of other items. Some items include a Remington 870(one in each vehicle), my GHB(this rotates between vehicles), extra ammo(ammo cans in each vehicle), a Sig Sauer 516 Patrol(rotates between vehicles), and ALWAYS a full gas tank in each vehicle.
Moirlend, what type of striker do you mean? Are you talking about a striker like a Cold Steel Koga or Delta Dart or a striker like a walking stick or hiking staff?
boomerweps, I do carry extra batteries in my pack and Altoids tin. With all of the items you carry, do you find that they make your pants/jacket too heavy? I have been looking at the Clone and wonder how you like it?
Jerry D Young, first of all, I can't believe I am talking with THE Jerry D Young!!!! Wow, you carry a lot of items with you. Thank you so much for sharing, the items you carry have given me several ideas on how to adapt my EDC.
Happy Joe, this list has given me several ideas. I think I could integrate a few items into the items I carry in my pants when hiking/hunting.
WarlordG26,how do you like the G19? I have the G17 and G26 for 9X19 and the G20SF and the G21 Gen4. I was wondering how you like the G19, because I currently carry my G26 in my EDC bag, but I would like a little larger gun. Also, have you thought about using the 5.11 COVRT Pistol Pouch as an option when carrying. I use the Pistol Pouch and love it. I carry it in my backpack, so I can put it on my waist or attach it to the backpack if something bad happens. It also fits very into a jacket very well, and I can even stick it in the small of my back when I'm carrying. I can stick my 26 in with a mag in the gun and one in the pipe, along with 2 extra G17 mags.
Just some type of fire steel like this
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Ok. That clarifies things. I thought that you were talking about a defensive weapon type of striker. I have one in my EDC pack, but I really should carry one in my jacket.
I have a maxpedition micro EDC
its got a single AAA cree torch and spare battery
Leatherman Micra ( great little knife happy to see Jerry carries the same)
one of those stainless steel pill carriers with 1 pain killer and 1 bandaid
spare phone battery
loose in pockets
I have found that I can do most of what I need and want with this small set up
I like you have a more thorough get home bag in the car and a small cache near work
I don't have a cache [I]right[I] near work. My nearest cache to work is 12.7 miles away by my GPS. I have caches all around the city. I like that you have a extra cellphone battery. I need to integrate that, because I have a wall charger at work and a lighter charger in the car, but if I can't reach either an extra battery would be invaluable.
I've recently started carrying a small plastic case with ear plugs in it. I've had a number of times where things get really loud and I would really like to have some.
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To tell you the truth I got my G26 first and I EDC it for now almost 2 years. I got the G19 about 6 months ago and itís been my primary EDC since then. I also have a G17 but I use that primarily as my sport gun. The G19 is simply awesome and I doubt I will ever carry another gun, except if I really have to deep conceal and use my G26. The G19 is exactly what it is, the in-between gun between the G26 and G17.
I like the idea of having 5 more beans than the 26 and only 3 less than the
17. I enjoy shooting the 19 a lot and it is definitely a Glock to have. If money permits I would like to get another G19 but a Gen 4. Capacity this side of the world is king and the reason being is, because our criminals hits in gang of 4 and more and they do have a tendency to stay and fight. Pulling out a gun, firing a warning shot does not chase them away. It will make them more determined to fight you and kill you to get your gun. That is also the reason I carry so much spare mags. I donít really feel outgunned with the 26. I still adore mine and I will never sell it, I just think the G19 is that perfect balance. When I travel to my in-laws I will carry both my 19 and 26. I use the 26 as a mainly as a BUG nowadays.
You yourself have a fine choice of Glocks. A 10mm and 45, both legends. I personally believe the Gen 4 21 to be one of the best Glocks ever made. Such a sweet soft shooting 45. I can also see a 45 Glock in the near future if money permits, but for now I have standardized on 9mm and 5.56/223 and .308. I have S&W .38 M60 that I still need to license which will become my wifeís standard sidearm in a SHTF situation.
Glocks are so cheap in the US I would definitely get a G19 if I were you.
All great suggestions, just return the push pack and get its twin the Maxpedition Jumbo. 5.11 has not fixed the flaws on the push pack.
When you close the push pack with pens in the pen holder, if they are the push button pens it will open the pens EVERY TIME! If they are the pens with caps on them they will wear right through the top of the bag in a short time. 5.11 is well aware of this, but has done nothing to remedy this and lower the pen compartment area of the bags, making this compartment area useless and you a victim.
Otherwise you are doing great, it will always be a work in progress.
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Sometimes I think we get carried away with equip and/or confuse the intention of diff. systems. To me EDC is for making sure u can get to ur vehicle in which u should have a GHB.
That being said my EDC consists of a Victorinox camper knife, a keychain LED mini-lite, a fully charged cell phone, and a .380 auto. Anything else is too much to carry in my neck of the woods where most of the time its so hot that everybody wears shorts and polo shirts.
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IMHO, you guys are getting "carried away" with your every day carry.
Cash, a phone, a flash light, knife, and pistol will suffice for most emergencies. Police officers handle emergencies multiple times per day but don't carry a ton of tools and gadgets, but to each their own.
Of the items on my duty belt I use
handcuffs / hand cuff key (tool of the trade)
latex and leather gloves (protective equipment)
phone / radio (comms)
flash light (sight and safety)
pen / notebook (logs)
95% of the time
Other tools I may use the other 5% is
- a "blow out" med kit
- first aid kit
- credit card
- rain gear
- high visibility traffic gear
- Level III body armor
- fire extinguisher
I have NEVER in 3 years time, had an emergency that required a
- signaling mirror
- ear plugs
- multiple knives
- grappling hook
- micro towels
- fish hooks
- sharpening stone
- vaseline soaked cottons balls
leave all that in the car
and only a very few times (less than 1%) used
- pepper spray
- breaching equipment
- back up flash lights
- extra batteries
- extra clothes (underwear, socks, under shirt)
- extra pair of boots
- gas mask
- hazmat suit
- boonie hat
- ball cap
- wind breaker
- heavy jacket
- bag with meals and extra water
- spare tire, lug nut wrench, and jack
I don't know how you guys could ever run with all that mess in your pockets.
It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
- Bruce Lee