Having an EDC kit is an essential part of being prepared in your day to day life. Your kit should not only be easy to carry around but also very efficient and lean. In this article we are going to look at different ways you can make your EDC kit better and more effective. However, before we get to the steps on how to make your kit better, it is firstly important to know what an Every Day Carry (EDC) kit is.
What is an EDC Kit?
An EDC kit is a set of items that you keep with you at all times which are designed to make you better prepared to overcome obstacles that you are likely to face. Your EDC should contain gear that is tailored to fit your lifestyle, locality, and threats that are likely to occur.
It is highly recommended that your EDC kit be small, both in size and number of items, making it possible to take with you wherever you go. How you do this is up to you. Some people prefer to carry their EDC kit in a small bag or pouch while others choose to carry only minimal items that can fit into a purse or pocket.
Why Carry An EDC Kit?
- Some of the common reasons for having an EDC kit are:
- To keep survival gear with you at all times
- To generally make your life easier
- To solve common problems that you are likely to face in your daily life
- To protect oneself from threats
- To give you some peace of mind
Once you design your EDC kit, make sure to carry it around to see how it weighs and feels. Try to determine if it’s too bulky, cumbersome, or if it needs something additional to solve a common problem. Always work on making it as efficient and practical as possible, developing your ideal kit should be a constantly evolving process.
How Do I Make My EDC Kit Better?
Now that you understand the purpose of EDC and have a basic kit, we can work on refining it. Consider the following strategies in order to make your kit more streamlined and functional:
Analyze The Threats & Challenges You Are Most Likely to Face
An analysis of the challenges you are likely to come across is the first step to making your EDC better. Take a look at the environment you live in and see what tools or equipment would be useful in your kit.
Different environments lead to different challenges and give rise to varying needs. Threats that you can face in your everyday life can range from mugging and robbery to earthquakes and terrorism. Tailor your kit to YOUR specific needs. A realistic assessment of these problems makes it easier for you to make decisions on what you need to have and what can be left out.
Take a Look at What You Already Carry
There are always the bare necessity basics that you are going to have to carry with you like your keys, wallet, and phone. But beyond this what else do you already carry around with you on a daily basis? Is there anything that you carry out of habit that you have never used? To streamline your EDC, try to identify what you can do away with or replace to better address the threats and challenges you may realistically face.
An example is the keys you carry to an apartment you no longer live in or reward cards that are no longer of use. Any such excess stuff that no longer meets your needs should to be removed to make space for items that do. Try removing questionable items from your kit for a week and see if you actually needed it. You can always put the item back in future if your daily challenges change over time.
What Can be Added to Better Address Your Challenges?
Doing a personal threat assessment can help reveal if there is anything that should be added to your EDC kit. Some common items that people will include in their EDC include:
- A reliable, high quality knife
- A bright, compact flashlight with good battery life
- A tactical pen for both writing and self defense
The reasons these three items are highly popular with most people is the fact that they are all light, compact, and can be used in a number of situations. Trying to focus on multipurpose items will make your kit adaptable and streamlined.
Some other common items you can add to your kit include:
- Rain gear
- Mini first aid kit
- Duct tape
- Survival whistle
- Water bottle
- Multi tool
- Fire starter
Again, it is important to consider what challenges you are likely to face in your everyday life. Don’t just add any random survival gear just because you saw someone online that carried it. Tailor your kit to YOUR specific needs to be best prepared.
How to Carry Your EDC Kit
If you carefully follow the above tips, then deciding how to carry your kit will be a lot more straightforward. The hardest part is identifying your potential threats, removing what is not needed and adding what you can truly use.
Now on how to carry it, first of all you need to remember that this is an Every Day Carry kit so you should intend to carry it with you…..every day. Failure to always carry your kit renders it useless if a problem crops up! A small kit should be able to fit in your purse or pocket and a medium sized kit can be carried around in a shoulder bag or pouch. People that carry larger kits generally opt to use a small backpack.
If you prefer carrying your kit in a pouch, bag, or backpack, make sure to organize your gear in a way that makes it easy to find. The last thing you want is to encounter a problem that you had foreseen and then not be able to deploy your gear fast enough to make a difference!
Periodically Review your Kit
Once you have your EDC kit, it is advisable to constantly review and tweak it. Periodic reviews will help you know if the items you are carrying are still useful and relevant. Threats change quickly in the world today and your needs might change at any point. If you come across a new challenge, you may want to add some other gear, or remove some gear if a threat has changed so as to lighten up your kit. Set a reminder in your phone to review your kit about every two months in order to stay fresh.
In conclusion, the aforementioned steps/tips are a reliable, efficient way of making your EDC kit as practical and useful as possible. Start today and get prepared for any challenges that the world might throw at you. Always remember to keep your kit lean, and specific to your personal threats. This way, it will be able to serve the purpose it was meant to.