10 EDC Bag Contents That Will Keep You Alive If the SHTF
I’ve been getting more and more emails from readers asking for advice on what EDC Bag Contents are most important to have in their Every Day Carry Bags.
What is the meaning of EDC?
EDC stands for every day carry. It is the set of things that you carry around with you at all times. Your mobile phone, wallet, keys are your EDC items.
For women, their purse is their EDC bag.
If you are a prepper, it is a good idea to ALWAYS have a few useful items no matter wherever you go – be it to work or to the grocery store. You never know when shit might hit the fan and you certainly do not want to be caught off guard.
What is the difference between a Bug Out Bag and an EDC bag?
Well, a bug out bag is something that you can grab and escape with in a survival scenario. You keep a bug out bag at two or three locations – at home, at work etc. It contains many items that can allow you to survive off the grid for extended periods.
However, you do not carry your bug out bag with you at all times. This is when your EDC bag comes into the picture. It doesn’t even have to be a separate bag. It can just be a section of your purse, handbag, murse (man-purse) or fanny pack if you’re still rocking one since the 80s.
It should contain items that can help you during an emergency.
EDC Bag Contents (this is what I carry)
1) Rite in the rain notebook:
Many people carry standard notebooks in their EDG bags. However, white paper is pretty much useless if it rains or snows. So how about adding this cool, all weather notebook to your bag? It is great for jotting down important information. It works everywhere – from the rainforests of South America to the north and south poles. This book really makes sense as a survival item.
Just $8.00 or so at Amazon.com
You knew this one was coming. You can do a million different things with it – from opening wine bottles at parties to stabbing a mugger if you get attacked. A Swiss army knife is a cool accessory and can easily fit on your keys as a keychain.
3) Paracord bracelets:
These are the ultimate survival item. They are not used in parachutes for nothing – they are light, slightly elastic and incredibly strong. Can be used as a makeshift shoelace or to tie up a bunch of bad guys! Plus, they make you look like a total badass! Wear them on your wrist or tie them to your bag. You can pick one up HERE for free – just pay a few bucks for shipping!
4) A high quality, water proof watch:
Hey, you need to keep track of time even if the SHTF! Moreover, an analog watch can be used as a compass if you get lost somewhere. Invest in a good, waterproof watch that will not crack or break down easily. Buying one high quality watch is better than replacing your 20 dollar watch every six months. Check out this video on how to locate the North using your analog watch.
5) Mini flashlight:
Always keep a small but powerful flashlight with you. It can also be used as an SOS signal in the dark.
Get a FREE Hybeam Tactical Flashlight here – just pay a few bucks for shipping
6) Your cell phone:
You need a phone to contact authorities and loved ones during an emergency scenario. Thankfully, most people are addicted to their phones and do not need to be reminded to carry one along. Install important apps such as flashlight, GPS etc.in your smartphone and carry a portable battery charger in your bag. Also, download a survival manual onto your mobile phone – you can refer to it in desperate times.
7) A lighter:
Carry one with you even if you don’t smoke. You never know when you might need to start a fire.
Learn to use your gun responsibly. We suggest carrying it closed – you do not want to draw unnecessary attention towards yourself. If you live in a country where it is illegal to own firearms, carry a pepper spray, stun gun, air pistol or knife. Do not make excuses for not protecting yourself.
9) Tactical pen:
Useful for writing down important information. Some models have a built in whistle and some even have video recorders. Can also be used to poke an invader in the eye.
I recommend the Stinger SpyPen – it’s $19.95 or so and 100% bad ass.
10) A few band-aids and a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide:
The band-aids weigh almost nothing. They can be used to cover up scratches, abrasions, cuts and so on. Hydrogen peroxide kills germs instantly; it is a potent disinfecting solution.
You might be tempted to skip EDC survival gear since you already have a well-stocked bug out bag – but do not. The above-mentioned items can be the difference between life and death. Also, if you think about it – none of them are considered strange or weird to carry around and almost all of them are stylish and useful in day to day life.