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EDC - what is it and what does it consist of?


What is EDC and what it includes?

Every one of us carries certain items, without which it would be unimaginable to leave the house - bare necessities, required daily. It might be a wallet, a phone, car keys, tissues, a water bottle, a pocket knife and various other items of similar nature. They usually vary, depending on the situation. We need different items to pop out to the town, and different items when travelling outside the city limits, taking part in a survival camp or an ASG game. You might not know this, but these sets of items have a name - EDC - and a definition.  

EDC meaning

EDC is an abbreviation for “Ever Day Carry”. This is usually a certain, small set of items we use in everyday life, or EDC gear that might come in handy in special, or even critical circumstances. The most important goal of putting together an EDC is that It’s to be a limited set of small, maximally useful items.

Everyone can build their own, unique set of everyday carry items, consisting of individually selected pieces of EDC gear. What you choose is up to you - your needs, your way of life and of course depending on particular situations. There is however a number of basic items worth carrying on your person at all times. They constitute a core that can be individually expanded with extras, suited to your needs and preferences.

Every Day Carry accessories

Building your own EDC gear, you’ll be faced with a whole range of choices. Some items will come in handy on a day-to-day basis, others will become necessary in critical circumstances. Today we won’t discuss everyday items - we will focus on survival-specific EDC gear.

It’s recommended to carry a survival EDC kit not only during survival-dedicated outings, including certain airsoft events. This gear might prove very useful during a mountain trek or camping - everywhere far from civilization and its benefits. If you foresee limited access to water or electricity, a general store, a pharmacy, absence of medical assistance and other people in general, it’s a perfect time to put together a “Survival” EDC gear kit.


What to include in an EDC kit?

An organizer for must-have items. Every Internet or stationary store, specializing in sales of survival-related equipment, will offer you a wide range of useful items. Of course, you don’t have to buy them all - choose what’s really essential and easy to use.

A basic kit should include basic items, such as EDC knives, a multitool, a first-aid kid, an EDC flashlight, extra clothing, a lighter, a string or a cord. You can also add a compass or self-defense tools. Of course, you’ll also need something to carry your EDC gear around. You have a choice between a waist bag, a bag or an EDC-specific backpack. Your choice should be based on the size of your EDC kit.

What to carry your EDC gear in?

Participants of survival or airsoft outings often choose military, tactical-type backpacks. They are usually very capacious and designed with gear organization and comfortable placement in mind. But their size is not always a desirable feature. That’s why companies specialized in designing survival accessories started to make smaller, Every Day Carry backpacks. They are not only spacious enough to contain the essential EDC gear, but also big enough to carry all the rest of your kit, necessary for a particular meeting or trip. One example of this type of backpack is the Helikon EDC Pack line. A small EDC kit can also fit in a small bag or waist bag. As you can see, there are various options - so which EDC-carry product will serve you the best?      

EDC backpack, EDC bag or EDC waist bag?

You can use the whole range of accessories for your Every Day Carry - depending on your preferences and the size of your EDC kit.  

EDC backpack

An EDC backpack is a very universal piece of gear - you can take it on a survival-specific outing, but also on a relaxing trip to another city. You might start to wonder if you really need a specialized, dedicated product to carry the necessary EDC gear? Won’t a regular, run-of-the-mill backpack be enough? Well - buying a special backpack is not mandatory, but keep in mind that its inner space has been designed specifically with survival in mind. What does that mean?

An EDC backpack will be equipped with numerous pockets and chambers of various sizes, with outer grab handles. It should also provide greater comfort of wear, thanks to a profiled back and the layout of straps and the harness. The EDC backpack is usually made of durable materials that perform excellently in rough conditions. It’s also recommended to make sure that it’s waterproof. The aforementioned Helikon EDC Pack line has all those features. The backpacks from this line are also great for every day purposes, as they’re available in neutral, non-military colors. Almost every Helikon EDC backpack comes equipped with a comfortable, additional EDC organizer. When not needed, it can be taken out of the backpack, thus reducing its weight.  

Smaller Every Day Carry carriers

A modest EDC kit, with just a few small items, should easily fit in a waist bag or a pouch. A waist bag can be worn around the waist or suspended from the shoulder. A pouch can be attached to a belt or a backpack, or hung around the neck. A smaller EDC gear carrier is also useful for everyday gear storage, keeping all elements in one place. This will minimize the risk of leaving something important behind when packing.

A smaller EDC kit can also be carried in a special bag, strapped to your chest. This type of bag is smaller than a backpack but bigger than a waist bag or a pouch. It also comes with various compartments and chambers, helpful in organizing the space inside.

My EDC - the essentials

Even a survival-oriented EDC gear kit includes everyday carry items. Our wallet contains documents, debit and credit cards or cash and we usually carry it with us. An EDC wallet doesn’t necessarily have to be stuffed with all those, as they can be lost or damaged in rough, outdoor conditions. It’s better to limit the contents of the wallet to, for example, some spending money or a single card, with not much money on the account. You won’t always need all the documents, either - an ID card or a driver’s license should suffice. Now let’s move on to other elements of an EDC kit, very useful during survival-oriented outings.  

An EDC knife

EDC knives are vital accessories, due to their universal applications. An EDC knife should be compact, but - obviously - sharp enough to cut food, sharpen a stick or cut through a rope. A folding knife is perfect for this purpose - it takes up very little space and packs a decent blade.

edc knife

A pocket knife or a Multitool 

A well-equipped pocket knife is a piece of EDC gear that has many Every Day Carry necessities already built-in. Those might include a cork-screw, small scissors and a blade, a screwdriver or a can and bottle opener. All those tools will surely come in handy in everyday situations, as well as during all sorts of trips. People who work manually outdoors might require an even more advanced piece of kit - the multitool. This is a plier-based, multifunction tool, perfect for demanding tasks and conditions.      

An EDC flashlight

An EDC flashlight is another must-have for our kit. It should be compact and powerful. Whether you choose a hand-held flashlight or a headlight is up to you - whichever suits your fancy! What you definitely should pay attention to is the power source. Batteries are not advisable, as they are fallible. A dynamo is by far the best solution, but you might also consider a USB port equipped flashlight, combined with a powerbank.  

edc flashlight

An EDC first-aid kit

First-aid kits might be very elaborate, but a basic EDC field kit must include band-aids, a first aid set, a small gauze bandage and, of course, your prescribed medicine, if applicable. It’s also recommended to include a small bottle of disinfectant or alcohol-saturated wipes and some painkillers. A more elaborate EDC first-aid kit, essential for longer trips, must also contain an NRC foil sheet.

edc first aid kit

EDC clothing

EDC-type clothing definitely includes thermal underwear, providing comfort regardless of atmospheric conditions. It’s especially useful when mountain hiking, considering the unpredictable weather. Thermal underwear is made of lightweight fabrics and takes up little space, at the same time providing air circulation and comfort. It’s also advisable to pack a light, wind- and rain- proof jacket.

What else might come in handy?

We cannot list all the items that you might want to include in your EDC kit, but what we can do is suggest a couple more items. You might want to consider adding a powerbank to your kit - very useful in case your phone battery dies. A smartphone is a very useful and multi-purpose appliance - it should be ready for use at all times. It’s your means of staying in touch with the world, calling for help if necessary, taking important notes, guidance (GPS etc.), keeping track of time and providing a source of light (which makes a separate EDC flashlight sort of redundant).

It’s recommended to carry your phone in a water-proof phone case, in order to minimize the risk of damages. The case also serves as a carrier for your money, documents and debit cards, so you won’t have to carry a wallet. You can also have virtual payment apps installed on your smartphone, if you trust this type of solution. That’s the essence of EDC - to always carry essential, maximally functional items. Of course, you can choose to carry a flashlight, a pad and pen, a wristwatch and an overstuffed wallet. Or just a phone and a powerbank.

Of course, a smartphone cannot replace many other vital items, such as: self-defense gear (a whistle, a can of pepper spray), a lighter or a box of matches, sunglasses or zip-ties. You can include all of those in your EDC kit.  

edc smartphone

How to put together a basic, compact EDC kit? 

An EDC kit should be as small as possible and fit in your pockets. Those are basic assumptions of every day carry - because it’s designed to carry it with you every day. However, each of us has a different daily schedule and various working conditions.

An office worker, travelling daily along the same route - work-home-shopping-gym (pub, friends’ houses) will need a much less elaborate EDC kit than someone who, for example, works outdoors and often travels outside urban areas. In case of the former, it would suffice to EDC money and documents in a wallet, house / car keys, a phone and a charger, some band-aids and maybe a pocket knife. The latter might consider an EDC backpack, a flashlight, a water-proof jacket, a multitool, a knife and a well-equipped first-aid kit. An EDC kit meant for an outdoor adventure will contain still other items. Each one of you has to determine your own essential EDC.  

Putting together an ideal EDC kit requires time, trials and errors. If some item hasn’t been used once in a space of a couple of weeks, maybe you should reconsider its usefulness. By the same principle, you will surely add more elements to your EDC gear, finding them indispensable. Also keep in mind that you can assemble more than one EDC kit, designed for various circumstances.  

Should you always have your Every Day Carry accessories with you - the pros and cons The idea behind EDC is to always have your essentials at hand and everyone, more or less consciously, adheres to this rule. Everyday life verifies what’s really important. This depends on our job, our lifestyle.

A filled-to-the-brim EDC backpack is not necessarily a mandatory, everyday carry for most of us. However, it might prove useful when camping or working outdoors. It’s a smart move to prepare several EDC kits for special situations and crises. Our online store will provide you with all every day carry essentials, such as knives, flashlights or EDC backpacks.

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