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Everyday Carry EDC

winter preparedness EDC

I'm not specifically talking about a backpack, but something that you might carry every day to work and when you're out and about. Since cold weather is coming on quickly, I thought I'd take a moment and tell you what I will be carrying this winter in my bag everyday.

Pokemon GoPokemon Go (Niantic) has hit the world by storm over the past month, and in almost every city there's a community of Pokemon Go Trainers out there trying to "Catch them all" and "be the best there ever was".

Pokemon Go isn't just for kids though. There are Millenials, Gen-X'ers and even senior citizens playing the game. The streets are hopping with Trainers at all hours, and this one game has done something that no other game could ever accomplish: Bridge the gap between gaming and the real world.

Free calls repurpose old android phone 1960Perhaps you've upgraded phones over the years and have an old android phone laying in a drawer or storage box.

With all the open Wi-Fi hotspots that you can find now (places like McDonalds, Starbucks and Taco Bell probably even have it), You can repurpose that old Android phone to be useful again. Provided that it's at least Android 3, many popular calling apps work, but most have a limitation that they can only call other people who use the app for free. If you want to call landlines and other cellular phones, then you'll end up paying money to make the call. As of this article, Google Voice via Hangouts and Hangouts Dialer is the only service that allows you to make calls throughout the USA for free to any phone.

 

landvo jjrc h8d fpv drone

Drones have become all the rage these days. There's thousands upon thousands of those little quadcopters available, and I realized that I could actually carry one with me in the EDC for when we're out hiking, camping or just about any other time when I want to have a bit of fun. These First Person View (FPV) Drones are really cool and I love flying them. Being able to see the world from above has a ton of benefits. Read on to find out how.

Tenderloin steakFood service is one of the hardest professions to be in.

My name's Tom Wilde, and I am a chef and foodie, and honored to guest blog here on the Everyday Carry. While my general manager told me I cannot disclose which Chicago restaurant that I work at, It is one of the busier upscale places you can go.

I work 12 hours a day on my feet. Running a kitchen is at time (well, most of the time) is grueling work and all you want to do at the end of the night is plop down with your favorite cold one and just pass out. 

Vapur Element Collapsible Water BottlesSummer in almost upon us, and staying hydrated is always important.

We've been to the zoo many times last summer, and without fail, you'd an emergency where someone just dropped or got really dizzy from heat exaustion.

The loss of body fluids can sneak up on you, for sure, but one thing you should consider carrying in your everyday carry this summer are a couple of collapsible water bottles. 

Most of us can just stop at a store and pick up a few bottles of water, but what do you do when the water runs out? 

How to choose binoculars

how to choose your binocularsI don't usually carry binoculars everyday, but they are definitely one of the things that I keep in my car. I usually grab them when the family and I go out for walks in the woods and when I go hiking around, but other than that, the only other times that I pull them out is when there might be a lunar eclipse, at an airshow or some other event that I really want a better view.

There are quite a few different binoculars available, but when I purchased mine, I was looking for smaller, more compact ones as opposed to the full size pouch carried binoculars. I feel that if I ever did need to carry them for distances, or out of necessity, a smaller set would fit better into my bag than having to carry a whole separate pouch.

coming down with coldBesides for having some kind of first aid kit in your everyday carry bag, having some basic medications right at hand when you need them can also be a real lifesaver. Whether it's cold or flu season, or that mysterious allergic reaction that just hit you, when you have exactly what you need makes life so much better and easier.

There are some basic medications that I make sure that I have, whether in the car's glove box, In my Everyday Carry bag or in the desk at work, I know that if I need something, it's within reach easily.

I put my over the counter (OTC) medications in small 3x4 reclosable bags I picked up at Michaels, regardless of individual wrappings. They are sorted into the following three bags:

  • Cold & Flu
  • Allergies
  • Aches and Pains
  • Health and Wellness

how to use watch as compassYou Don't Need That Compass Watch!

Its quite possible that you don't need to buy that expensive compass watch you've been looking at for the past couple months. In fact, you can use just about any watch to figure out the compass directions pretty easily. 

While you usually can just position the sun as east or west of where you're standing depending on the time of day, using a watch as a compass will be a bit more accurate.

Motorola TALKABOUT MH230R walkie talkiesOur Family Walkie Talkie Communication Solution

In A Family, Communication Is Key

Our family takes regular daytrips to really cool places on weekends. We like to go exploring in local forests and parks. Sometimes we head to the Zoo. Other times we go up to large malls to do a bit of shopping. Regardless of where we go as a family, every family member has their own walkie talkie. We've found that having personal communication devices such as walkie talkies are great for communication with the whole family. 

We didn't want to have to spend money on monthly phone service for the three younger ones -- they don't need phones... yet.

coghlans pouch dumpI got into "Everyday Carry" as a lifestyle back in April 2014 when I stumbled across Patriot36's YouTube channel late one night.

I already was carrying the things that I needed with me, such as a multitool, flashlight and knife, for example, but I didn't know there was a name for it. After watching the "EDC Backpack" series he did, I realized that this was the name of what I was doing all along.

I got really into it and soon was carrying way too much gear, because this was all I knew at the time. Yeah, a noob mistake.

Over time, I worked with my Everyday Carry to optimize it the way I wanted it, and essentially, the single EDC became two EDC's:

  • One for work
  • One for weekends

While this was great, I also realized that I was purchasing duplicates of a lot of things since I had two bags now. Things like flashlights, first aid kit and my trusty notebooks and pens were all being duplicated in both bags.

The problem was became apparent when my boss called me on a weekend, and I jotted notes down in the notebook I carried on weekends.

Latest Bag Dumps

  • End Of November Everyday Carry Update

    every day carry 11262016We're coming down to the end of November, and into the Holiday season. It's the time when we're all going places, visiting family and seeing old friends again. While this is more of a Personal Carry, It's changed over the past couple months. I have stopped wearing the cargo pants so much, and am back to wearing jeans. With the loss of the extra load carrying capacity, I had to make some tough choices about what I was going to carry every day.

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  • Everyday Carry Altoids Tin Mini Smalls

    altoid smalls edc contents packed

    The Altoids tin is one of the best, and least expensive ways to store and carry small objects.

    I have used these little tins for years to hold small things like computer screws, nuts and bolts, fishing hooks and sinkers, and a lot of other stuff, but just recently, I completed one of the things that I've always wanted to do:

    Create a small, functional everyday carry inside an Altoids Smalls container.

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  • Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch EDC Dump

    condor ma16 front

    I just finished my review of the Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch, and people asked me what I was putting inside the pouch. I created the EDC dump list here so you can see what I put into the pouch, and to give you ideas on what everyday carry essentials you might want to put into yours!

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  • Personal Carry: 20/M/Audio engineer student

     

    Pocket Carry

    Personal Carry: 20/M/Audio engineer student

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  • EDC Dump: 34/M/Does It Come In Black?

     

    everyday carry dump

    “Admittedly, this is one half-step above Mall Ninja antics, but carrying these does bring me joy.” - wheckuptothees via Reddit

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About The Everyday Carry

The Everyday Carry caters to Preppers and Individuals that have an interest in Everyday Carry. This is not a Survivalist or Disaster Preparedness website. If you are interested in what to carry everyday to make your (and your family's) life better, than this is the correct place to be. An Everyday Carry is simply the items that you carry everyday, and there is a general interest in what others carry in their backpacks, messenger bags, tactical pouches and on their person.

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