My every day carry (EDC) gear

Posted by El DiPablo | 7:00 AM |

After my first post on the four essential things I recommend when going out in the wild, I of course received some criticism from Internet "know-it-alls". Here is a perfect example from Reddit user user5618:

I suppose he has a point. I didn't specify what type of activities by saying, "anywhere you might find yourself in a survival situation". I guess I assumed that people who read my blog would be able to figure that out. My bad...

Still though, when out walking my dog I am not carrying my canteen set, or my fixed blade knife. I am however, still somewhat prepared at all times. Here are some things that I always carry that I'm sure even user5618 wouldn't feel embarrassed carrying:
  • Swiss Army Knife. Has lots of uses including driving screws and opening cans. I use the Super Tinker.
  • One handed folder. I always have my Gerber 06 FAST tactical spring assisted one handed opener knife. In a pinch it would make a pretty decent survival knife.
  • Lighter. Simple and fast method for starting a fire.
  • Mini Fire Steel. I have this little sucker on my key chain in case my lighter fails. I have resolved to never put myself in a position where I have to start a fire by rubbing sticks together! 

  • Cordage. I never leave home without my paracord bracelet!
All of these things fit comfortably in my pockets or on my wrist, and I don't have to worry about what people might think of me (As if I gave a crap anyway). I'm sure even user5618 wouldn't feel ashamed!

Like I said last week, "Always Be Prepared" is not just a good motto...

What do you have for your EDC gear? Let us know in the comments!