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Rusty Jones
02-16-2017, 05:54 PM
I actually didn't know that this was really a "thing" until last night. Apparently, there are actually online EDC communities.

On my keychain, I personally carry a black Victorinox Explorer SAK, a small Field & Stream flashlight, a flashdrive, a whistle with a compass built in, and a black Doohickey. I also normally wear a black Timex Expedition watch.

I carry a black backpack around, but with none of the items that are mentioned in the EDC community (i.e., spare AA & AAA batteries, duct tape, super glue, a full size pistol, etc)

Is anyone here into EDC? What do you carry?

efmbman
02-16-2017, 06:11 PM
The only context in which I have heard this is for everyday carry gun. I have known some folks that were concerned that the end of the world event would happen when they are away from home and presumably the items in the EDC bag would be things they would need to safely return home.

I do carry a gun everywhere I go (within the local laws), but I limit my other items to things most people have in their cars: first aid kit, blankets, tools, flares, jumper cables, etc. I also have 6 MREs in there as well as a gallon of bottled water.

Rusty Jones
02-16-2017, 06:17 PM
The only context in which I have heard this is for everyday carry gun. I have known some folks that were concerned that the end of the world event would happen when they are away from home and presumably the items in the EDC bag would be things they would need to safely return home.

According to what I've been reading, what you described is a "bug out bag."

The backpack that I carry around with me... really doesn't have much in it. I mostly carry it out of habit than anything else.

Even then, I still find myself asking total strangers things like, "Sir, by any chance, would you happen to have a _________?"

That's why I think building up an EDC bag might not be a bad idea.

Mjölnir
02-16-2017, 06:28 PM
I usually have a pocketknife on my belt when in camomiles, my PT watch has a compass on the band.

Have heard of the EDC think since I have been to a couple of survival schools (civ & mil); I often relate it to the 'Be Prepared' Boy Scout motto. The best tool you can have for this is an education on survival; not relying on a variety of tools or tech. With some skills you can survive nearly indefinitely with just a knife.

When I camp, I always have a first aid kit, whistle, 2 compasses, 100 or so feet of parachute cord, and a bag & bivy sack to sleep in ... Unless I am with family or Scouts / Venture Crew I don't bring a tent. On the bag I carry in and out of work I have about 100 feet of cord coiled on the back -- old habit.

The best course I ever attended was 28 days in the Utah mountains; you were allowed only a knife for the first 5 days, after that you could carry awater bottle, metal cup, 50 feet of rope or parachute cord, a wool blanket, a journal and a camera. Learning to make shelter was the first big lesson. Fire was the most important cause of the warmth, ability to cook and the psychological factor of having it.

sandsjames
02-16-2017, 06:43 PM
The best tool you can have for this is an education on survival; not relying on a variety of tools or tech. With some skills you can survive nearly indefinitely with just a knife.



I think Batman would disagree...a utility belt is the only way to go.

Rusty Jones
02-16-2017, 07:11 PM
I usually have a pocketknife on my belt when in camomiles, my PT watch has a compass on the band.

Have heard of the EDC think since I have been to a couple of survival schools (civ & mil); I often relate it to the 'Be Prepared' Boy Scout motto. The best tool you can have for this is an education on survival; not relying on a variety of tools or tech. With some skills you can survive nearly indefinitely with just a knife.

When I camp, I always have a first aid kit, whistle, 2 compasses, 100 or so feet of parachute cord, and a bag & bivy sack to sleep in ... Unless I am with family or Scouts / Venture Crew I don't bring a tent. On the bag I carry in and out of work I have about 100 feet of cord coiled on the back -- old habit.

The best course I ever attended was 28 days in the Utah mountains; you were allowed only a knife for the first 5 days, after that you could carry awater bottle, metal cup, 50 feet of rope or parachute cord, a wool blanket, a journal and a camera. Learning to make shelter was the first big lesson. Fire was the most important cause of the warmth, ability to cook and the psychological factor of having it.

What you're describing is appropriate if you're lost outside of civilization, but I'm thinking more of what's appropriate for everyday in any city or town.

For example, if I was downtown (i.e., surrounded by office buildings and car traffic) and I needed a lighter for something, carrying one or asking a stranger if they have one would be far more appropriate than finding sticks and stones to make a fire with - when you're downtown.

Mjölnir
02-16-2017, 07:21 PM
What you're describing is appropriate if you're lost outside of civilization, but I'm thinking more of what's appropriate for everyday in any city or town.

For example, if I was downtown (i.e., surrounded by office buildings and car traffic) and I needed a lighter for something, carrying one or asking a stranger if they have one would be far more appropriate than finding sticks and stones to make a fire with - when you're downtown.

Yeah, you are right ... I was going a wrong way with EDC

But, if you were downtown and busted out some sticks and stones you may become a viral video ...

efmbman
02-16-2017, 08:00 PM
According to what I've been reading, what you described is a "bug out bag."


To me, the term "bug out" implies that you are somewhere and need to leave in a big damn hurry. That's different than everyday carry, but to each their own. Semantics.

It's not a bad idea at all to build one up.

Mjölnir
02-16-2017, 11:40 PM
I think Batman would disagree...a utility belt is the only way to go.

And if you can be Batman ... ALWAYS be Batman.

Just don't confuse a utility belt with a fanny pack.

Mjölnir
02-16-2017, 11:40 PM
I think Batman would disagree...a utility belt is the only way to go.

And if you can be Batman ... ALWAYS be Batman.

Just don't confuse a utility belt with a fanny pack.

Rainmaker
02-17-2017, 02:52 AM
Rainmaker has to dress up for work, so he usually just carries a pocket knife, a .38 snub nose S&W, a power bar, an executive ice scraper, 2 X emergency water pouches, a zippo and a telescopic unbreakable umbrella....

Also keep a Rucksack in the Truck with a takedown 10/22 and enough stuff if for some crazy reason we had to abandon the vehicle & hump it on foot back home.

Now, If we make to there, Rainmaker'll channel his inner Patrick Swayze, & head into the swamps, to join up with the rest of the 'wolvereens' (standing by for Rainmaker to give the Execute Order launching 'OPERATION RED DAWN') to liberate surviving family members from Walmart Supercenter #2459 (resupply) and then force-march 80 miles east, where we'll seize FEMA Camp Florida- Avon Park, from Putin's Spetsnaz.

Rusty Jones
02-17-2017, 01:36 PM
To me, the term "bug out" implies that you are somewhere and need to leave in a big damn hurry. That's different than everyday carry, but to each their own. Semantics.

It's not a bad idea at all to build one up.

You can actually purchase full bug out bags, with everything already in them. They're specifically designed for you to survive a disaster for 72 hours.

So when I say "EDC," I'm not so much focused on "survival" as I am with having things on hand to solve everyday problems.

An everyday problem, for example, that you're vacationing out of town, and your wife brings a bottle of wine back to the room without stopping to think that you don't have a corkscrew. But if you have a SAK with a corkscrew on it, you've just solved that problem. Mind you, this is not a "survival" problem, but simply a problem with most of us eventually run into.

I think that, since I carry a backpack anyway, one thing I'm doing is thinking about all of the items that I've had to stop strangers for in order to ask them if they had one. The most common, a watch, is definitely a must - even in the age of cell phones, because cell phone batteries drain pretty quickly.

Rusty Jones
02-17-2017, 01:42 PM
Rainmaker has to dress up for work, so he usually just carries a pocket knife, a .38 snub nose S&W, a power bar,

When you say "power bar," what do you mean? A surge protector, or the protein bar?

This does give me an idea for a possible EDC item: an extendable steel baton. Perfect for fighting off dogs, or even other people when you don't want or need to use a gun.

Mjölnir
02-17-2017, 01:56 PM
An everyday problem, for example, that you're vacationing out of town, and your wife brings a bottle of wine back to the room without stopping to think that you don't have a corkscrew. But if you have a SAK with a corkscrew on it, you've just solved that problem. Mind you, this is not a "survival" problem, but simply a problem with most of us eventually run into.

You just described my brother's wife's most serious survival issue.

Mjölnir
02-17-2017, 02:01 PM
-A good book -- kill some time if needed.
-map of the city/public transportation schedule.
-aspirin etc.
-water bottle
-water flavoring ... I almost always have a handful of these in with my water bottle cause tap water sometimes is funky.

Rusty Jones
02-17-2017, 02:15 PM
-A good book -- kill some time if needed.
-map of the city/public transportation schedule.
-aspirin etc.
-water bottle
-water flavoring ... I almost always have a handful of these in with my water bottle cause tap water sometimes is funky.

I'm actually pretty well-versed with all of Norfolk's HRT transit routes - including the light rail and the ferry - but, nevertheless, that's a good one. But I also highly recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with their city's transit routes and schedule. I also carry water flavoring. Plenty of 8 and 10 packs at the Dollar Tree that you can easily stock up on. I wanna say that every payday, I probably purchase at least five.