Checklist: Categories and Their Items for Every Day Carry (EDC)

Browse EDC items at AmazonPreparedness is a vital element of SemperVerus mindfulness. One act of being prepared is to be intentional about selecting specific practical items to keep with you in your pockets, purse, belt pack, day pack, or vest as you travel through your day.

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Everyday carry (EDC) is the collection of useful gear you consistently tote on your person to help you overcome simple everyday problems and to anticipate unexpected and possibly dangerous situations. Your selection of tools you consider to be essential is a personal decision. An item you think is vital may not even enter the mind of someone else. But that makes it no less important for you. You need to balance practicality and preparedness with weight, bulk, and comfort. Each component of your EDC should serve a purpose or have at least one specific, useful function.

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Every day, your EDC essentials prepare you for the worst and empower you to do your best.

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To help you think through your own EDC, here’s a list of major categories to consider and item ideas for each one. You decide what and how much you want to carry every day.

  • Climate Protection
    cap
    jacket
    layers
    gloves
    sun screen
    lip balm
    bandanna
    umbrella
  • Nutrition
    water
    energy bars
    sweet/salty snack
    fruit
  • Personal
    face mask
    rings
    necklace
    watch
    bracelet
    medicine
    glasses
    sunglasses
    lintless cleaning cloth
  • fingernail clipper

  • Literature
    Bible (Olive Tree Bible App) (Bible Gateway App)
    ebooks
    audiobooks
    podcasts
    maps
    downloaded on smartphone
  • Identification
    driver’s license
    concealed pistol license
    dog-tags
  • Monetary
    cash
    credit card
    debit card
  • Keys
    vehicle
    house
    work
  • Timepiece
    watch
    cellphone
  • Communication
    pen/paper
    cellphone
    ear buds
    power source/cable
    camera
    flash drive
  • Illumination
    flashlight
  • First Aid
    band-aids
    pain relief
    basic kit
    tourniquet
    trauma kit
    rubber gloves
  • Utility
    knife
    multitool
    scissors
    paracord
    duct tape
    compass
    fire starter
    whistle
    signal mirror
    carabiner
    monocular
  • Non-Lethal Self-Defense
    pepper spray
    tactical pen
  • Lethal Self-Defense
    knife
    firearm
    extra magazine

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