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EDC Bag

Of the three levels of ‘capacity’ for your needs during an emergency, the first one should be your Every Day Carry bag or EDC for short. If nothing else this is the bare minimum requirements for taking care of yourself in the short-term. The EDC should be easy to carry, light, low-profile and containing items you can get to easily. EDCs can vary though - from items in trouser pockets, pouches up to small backpacks.

For example, the power goes out, it’s dark and your right arm is injured and you need to open your EDC. Knowing how to do it and taking care of yourself could be the difference between life and death.

Inside an EDC

EDC With Sidearm Medium

  • A small First-Aid Kit (FAK) containing a dust mask.

  • A small multi-tool.

  • A whistle or torch.

  • A defensive weapon or device.

In the video below a slightly more comprehensive load-out is shown.

EDC in action

You are at work, away from home and a major 9/11 emergency situation takes place nearby. You find yourself either staying put and waiting it out until the disaster clears, possibly foraging for what you need around you. Alternatively you could make your way home where you can reassess and make your next moveEDC Pouch (which could be to stay and prepare or leave for a safer location). Both choices can be good and bad, depending on the variables involved. Either way, having your EDC gives you an edge over the panicking masses. As a general rule the EDC should be able to get you from wherever you are to your Bug-Out-Bag / Home and this is where your BOB come in.

The EDC Lowdown

 

You won’t be living out of an EDC in a long lasting emergency though but it’s everyday options are useful even for non-emergencies. The EDC has limitations though as it’s really orientated for a day-to-day commute or local area travel. Some folks only have the EDC as their ‘go-to option’ due to their home setup, with more advanced plans (which this article doesn’t cover) to respond to a disaster or emergency.

Survival Tip – Don’t worry about under-carrying an EDC - it’s more important to keep it light and discrete than heavy and bulky. The EDC is only the first line of ‘defense’ in an emergency and any supplies contained within shouldn’t be expected to cope with more than 24 hours of a crisis.

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