There are so many ‘must haves’ when it comes to EDC (Every Day Carry) items. As with the contents of a bug out bag, for example, the contents of a much smaller pack can change – and will change, due to new ideas or new items that become available as time goes on. There is always something brand new that catches our attention.
For a smaller pack (one I carry everywhere I go) I try to keep the contents to a minimum. All the items I carry I feel are each necessary. Each item serves a very important purpose – to aid in a survival situation should one arrive.
Here is a list of must have items (in my opinion) — all of which I carry every single day.
This is the pack I use. It’s extremely durable and accommodates all of my edc items quite well – with a little extra room to spare.
The Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer can be purchased here on Amazon.
A multi-tool is my number one item. No person should be without one! I carry the Leatherman Juice XE6, and as of late it is my favorite multi-tool to carry. Survival Life also makes their own awesome multitool, the Hoffman Richter HR100, which you can buy here.
- Needle nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Mini slotted screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Large Straight edge blade
- Large slotted screwdriver
- Metal file
- Small straight edge blade
- Medium slotted screwdriver
- Bottle opener
- Can opener
- Ultrasafe locking mechanism
- All 440 stainless steel construction with an ultra tough titanium coating to ensure it lasts a lifetime of use and abuse.
- 1000D nylon case with belt clip included
I carry a Bushnell Pro 100L. It’s small but packs a powerful punch! It fits perfect in my Maxpedition pack.
A whistle can be used for a couple of survival situations. One use is personal protection in the event of a possible attack. If you suspect an oncoming attack, blow the whistle and believe me the potential attacker will take off in the opposite direction. The last thing an attacker wants to do is draw attention. Wearing a whistle around your neck when you know you are going to be alone in public is a great idea!
A whistle can also be used as a device to signal for help or to ward off predators in a wilderness survival situation.
This particular whistle is the one I carry and can be purchased here on Ebay.
My pack is never without paracord. I buy paracord in bulk and I divide it throughout all my packs. I also have quite a few paracord bracelets which, if you are tight on extra room in your pack, allow you to wear your paracord in the form of a bracelet.
A bundle of paracord can be purchased here on Amazon.
Notepad with a Pen
This particular notepad is a perfect choice in size and durability as it has waterproof paper. It also fits well in the Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer.
This set can be purchased here on Amazon.
Alcohol Prep Pads and Adhesive Bandages
These two items are great for ‘on the go’ first aid for minor cuts and scrapes. In my pack I include 10 alcohol prep pads and 2 of each sized adhesive bandages.
In my pack, I carry fire starting materials. First of which is a Bic lighter. I buy them in bulk and place one in every emergency pack I own. My second item is cotton balls — my tinder of choice. I usually carry 4-5 in my small pack.
A List of Important Contacts and Other Information
Cell phones can die on you which also means that you lose all the important information you have stored. This mini address book is perfect to record all of your important contacts and other viable information such as allergies, medical conditions, medications, your doctor’s name and phone number, etc.
This particular address book is the perfect size for the pack I carry. It can be purchased here on Amazon.
What items do you EDC? Tell us in the comment section below.
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