I’m willing to best you have an EDC kit on you and you don’t even know it. Think about what you take with you every time you head out the front door… Wallet, keys, phone, purse, briefcase, etc. At the very core these are your every day carry items. But, not quite the EDC items that preppers and survivalists refer to. Keep reading below to learn the pros and cons of an every day carry kit and why you shouldn’t leave the house without it.
What is an EDC Kit?
Typically, an EDC kit is a specific set of items that serve a purpose to ensure your survival. These items will change depending on country and region. Some Americans will argue you need a handgun in your EDC, but here in Canada that can get you into a lot of trouble.
Pros of an EDC Kit
1 – Preparedness
Your EDC kit should be tailored to your specific daily needs, but it should also include one or more survival tools that can help you get out of a sticky situation fast.
An example would be a small knife. You may not need a knife at all times, but it could come in handy for such things as opening packages at work (be the office hero) or cutting your seat belt after a car accident to get out of the vehicle.
2 – Convenience
In addition to keeping you prepared, an EDC can be very convenient.
For example you may have a flashlight in your home and/or your vehicle’s glove box (HINT: you should!) But, what good is that if you aren’t at home or in your car?
A small convenient flashlight you can carry with you or attached to a keychain or lanyard will come in handy more than you think.
3 – Personal Safety
A tricky subject, especially in Canada, when your’re in public. But having a form of defense may ease your mind, and is a must when in the wilderness.
This could be anything from coyote/wild dog spray, to a baton and/or knife.
I live by the rule that the best self-defense is to not get in that type of situation in the first place! Avoid dark alleys at night, don’t walk alone, don’t wear headphones in public, don’t show off fancy new phone, avoid sketchy areas of town, etc. Although sometimes it’s unavoidable, you’d need to assess the situation. Will brandishing a knife scare the criminal or instigate a fight? If you so, you could be busted for assault with a deadly weapon simply for trying to defend yourself.
Cons of an EDC Kit
1 – Comfort
Keeping your EDC close usually means storing everything in your pockets, this can be very annoying. Be conscientious of the items you choose and how they will affect your personal comfort throughout the day.
2 – Liability
As I mentioned early, carrying a self-defense item or even a small knife not intended for self-defense could land you in hot water.
Essential Tools to Keep in Your EDC
1 – Flashlight
Sure, your smartphone may have a built-in flashlight, but it’s always best to have a tool fit for the job. What happens if you need to be on the phone while simultaneously using the flashlight? Not to mention it’ll eat up your phone battery quickly and doesn’t provide the same amount of light as a true tactical flashlight would.
2 – Multi-tool
A multi-tool will more than likely get the most use in of your EDC kit. Cutting, sawing, prying, screwing, etc. A good multi-tool can do it all. One of the most popular brands is Leatherman.
When shopping for a multi-tool don’t get the one with the most stuff, get one that you think will fit your daily needs the most.
3 – Knife
More often than not a small pocket knife will come in handy with day-to-day activities such as opening packages or sharpening pencils.
If heading out in the wild a more appropriate knife will be in order, check out the Canuck Survival Best Survival Knife 2017 guide.