There is a huge habit in the tactical/survival environment to define everything that you carry as EDC – Every Day Carry. Generally it means all the shit that you have with you on daily basis (which is quite obvious) – and this shit should make you a Sheepdog in the society of ordinary Sheep.
So what is it all about? Who needs it and why? So many questions but the answers are few. First of all, I can speak only for myself, but for me EDC is a way of protection against the feeling of uselessness. I hate that feeling. I like to be able to handle everyday situations, even the most trivial, that require use of some tools.
I can divide my EDC into lines, just like my gear. Each line has its own philosophy, its own use. I try to keep it simple. I really don’t like people who brag about ton of weird stuff that they carry, but can’t really explain why. They just do because it’s cool. Or tacticool.
A lot of people tend to omit this aspect. But what use do I have from super tactical knife that can help me survive in difficult situation in the middle of the forest, if I don’t have proper clothes that will provide me with (at least) thermal comfort? I see people who are not prepared for weather conditions all the time. When it’s sunny – they don’t have sunglasses. When it’s raining – they use umbrellas (yeah, I think that umbrella is the most stupid thing that you can use. It won’t protect you from rain, it limits your movement, you need to use your hand and it is simply annoying to everyone around). But let’s get back to the Line 1.
My clothes have to be comfortable, dirt-resistant, practical and light.
There’s a lot more stuff here:
I use EDC First Aid Kit from SurvivalTech. It is really great and I truly recommend it!
I use EDC waist bag from Baribal, previously I have a larger version but it was really enormous – far too big for everyday use. Too big and too heavy. So I ordered smaller version. Inside you can find:
That’s just perfectly enough to handle most of situations I can encounter in the city. Pretty light set, not too many things. And above all – very practical. I used to carry a lot of useless stuff but recently, following the latest tacticool fashion, I reduced my stuff to things I actually use (or at least I think are useful).