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The Everyday Carry

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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.

notebooks and pens

Ever wish you had a notebook or something to write down a phone number or note on?

How many times has this happened...

I got a call from my boss about 1pm. I'd just been on the job for a few weeks at the time. He wanted me to do a number of things, a few of which were to contact clients about issues they were having.

I realized half way through the conversation that I didn't have anything to take notes on. Nor did I have a pen. I was about 300 yards from the car, installing network fiber.

Can you imagine his irritation as he waited for me to jog back to my car for a pen and notebook?

MecArmy SGN3I like having a flashlight with me at all times.

Keychain Flashlights are conveniently small, and are carried usually on a keychain or in a pocket due to their small size. 

I prefer to carry mine in my pocket so it's always with me as opposed to putting it on my keychain where I might leave it across the house.

A Keychain flashlight is usually less than 2 inches long and either very thin or of small diameter if it's cylindrical. They usually use either coin cell batteries (like the 2016, 2025 and 2032 cells), or the popular LR44 or LR41 button cells (like hearing aid batteries). A keychain flashlight usually puts out 7-30 lumens and run times vary between 1 and 8 hours.


zombie apocalyse survival

Most of us like imagine how easy it will be to navigate through the zombie apocalypse without a care in the world. However a real life zombie apocalypse would leave us all crying for our momma’s (just as long as she’s not trying to eat your face off). So we’ve come up with real life ways in how the zombie apocalypse would absolutely suck as well as some simple items that you can get today that would make the ordeal a lot less…sucky. Of course over at Escape From Zombies we tend to get advice that is a bit different than the normal zombie survival guide does. 

So the lights are going to go out, the fresh food is going to run out, the water could be tainted, and that’s just within the first few months…oh don’t forget about winter coming up. Want some good news? Here it is. You have time to prepare for all of this! You can be ready when it happens and survive the zombie apocalypse.

Whats in your everyday carry

Someone asked me the question today, "What's Everyday Carry?" As usual, my answer was short and sweet: "Its the stuff that you carry around everyday either out of necessity, or to make life better." They looked perplexed for a moment, looking at my EDC bag and everything dumped out and sorted on the desk at work. "Why are there all these things? Do you always carry them? Why?" The short answer that I gave him was "Because these are the things that I either regularly need or want with me every day." Sure, the answer was simple enough. He shrugged and turned away, but for the rest of the day, I was sitting there wondering why it is that we carry these things every day -- especially for a guy like me that just a year ago, never gave a second thought to everyday carry, or what I have with me.

Why Do You Everyday Carry?

Exotac Firesleeve

Having sure fire, even in the pouring rain is extremely important. Smokers will vouch for that statement! I have thankfully never needed to start a fire for survival purposes, but know that my lighter will work even under the most rainy conditions is something I thankfully don't have to worry about. The Exotec Firesleeve, found on Huckleberry is perfect for any everyday carry where you want to make sure that you have sure fire. From putting one in the bugout bag (if you have one), or in the car to just keeping one on you in your backpack means that you'll be able to get a light when you need it.

The Firesleeve fully encases a cheap $1 bic lighter (that's ultra reliable, by the way), in an airtight, waterproof sleeve so that it's ready to use when you need it. The waterproof sleeve fits the standard size Bic Classic Lighters perfectly and actually does keep water and moisture out!

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer

The Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer is perfect for those who prefer to optimize their everyday carry by only carrying what's needed for that moment.

There's nothing better than having all your everyday carry items organized and stashed neatly away. In a previous post, I illustrated my Coghlan's three bag EDC system that I currently use because I do carry a lot of stuff, but for those of you that don't like to carry everything, check out the pocket organizer for a single, go to place for all your edc items.

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Packing a Portable USB Phone Charger in my Everyday Carry proves to be useful more than just a few times a week. For me, I don't know how I could get through the day without one. Funny thing is, it isn't just my phone that I charge. Portable USB Chargers charge just about anything that charges from a standard USB plug, and besides newer smartphones, I charge my AA and AAA batteries, Vape, run a USB LED light and yes, charge my Hubsan X4 H107C drone batteries! Currently, I have three "on the go" soruces to charge from: Two 2200mAH portables and any one of my three laptops that I have with me at any given time (All have sleep and charge USB ports). I just ordered two Anker Powercore 20100mAH portables as well for my tablet and whatever else needs charging.

New Additions to my Everyday CarryBesides for having a so-called "Flashlight Fetish", I also have a thing for notebooks and pens. I was at Barnes and Nobel earlier tonight and found a couple new additions to my everyday carry. Many of you already have seen the Moleskine Pocket Cahier that I carry around all the time, but I decided that I'd put a bigger notebook into my bag for extended notetaking. A Cahier only lasts me a month or so, so having something bigger might save me a bit on buying replacement cahiers.

emergency space blanket

I've carried a mylar emergency space blanket in my everyday carry since April of this year. This past weekend, I was thankful to have it. Our family was traveling over to Ann Arbor for a gameday event at the big house on Saturday and as usual, I had my EDC along with me. I never expected that I would have to use it for more than just creature comforts, but as we were driving down 5th Avenue in Ann Arbor, a Bicyclist was hit by a left turning car that never saw the cyclist coming from behind.

As the cyclist entered the intersection, the car turned and sent the bike skidding about 15 feet away, and the cyclist himself, onto the hood, then down to the street, unconcious. I parked my car about 10 feet from the cyclist to block traffic from getting too close, and my wife and I jumped out.

Latest Reviews

  • Pokka Pens Are The Perfect Pocket Pens for Everyday Carry

    everyday carry pokka pen reviewPokka Pens are ballpoint pens that conveniently fit into your pocket when not in use. I got my order of Pokka pens just a couple weeks ago, and I have absolutely fell in love with them. Their small size makes it easy to carry a pen in your pocket, Everyday Carry pouch, backpack or purse, and they perform very closely to the feel of a Bic Crystal, those old clear Bic pens that used to sit by your grandparent's rotary phone.

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  • Whirl-Pak 1 Liter Bags For Water Storage and Portability In Your EDC

    Nasco Whirl Pak 1 Litre Water Bag ReviewWhirl-Pak Bags are the ideal, low-profile solution to water portability problems with your everyday carry gear. Whirl Pak 1 liter bags fold down to almost nothing, so you can take a bunch with you to gather and save water when needed. While the bags, made by Nasco, are seen more commonly in bug out bags and prepper gear, it never hurts to have a couple with you, even if there isn't a water emergency. Having a Whirl-pak bag means being able to carry water with you, even if it's only because you think you're going to get thirsty on your commute home. A six-bag pack can be found on Amazon for $10.

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  • Maxpedition Daily Essentials (DEP) Everyday Carry Pouch

    thumb Maxpedition Daily Essentials DEP Everyday Carry Pouch frontIf you're going to carry an everyday carry pouch, the Maxpedition Daily Essentials Pouch (DEP) is about as manly as you can get. Large enough for a 7 inch tablet with enough depth for just about all your EDC gear, the Maxpedition Daily Essentials Pouch is a perfect way to carry those daily essentials.

    It has two generously large pouches, and comes in tan, gray and black, and has the quality you'd expect from Maxpedition.

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  • Nebo Lil Larry 6373 Work Light 250 Lumens White/Red LED

    thumb NEBO LiL Larry Work LightOK, so I was saving the second Nebo work light for today's review. Yesterday, I reviewed the Nebo LEO 220 Lumens flashlight and this little flashlight is of similar design. Although it doesn't have the spotlight head that the LEO has, the Lil Larry (Stock# 6373) has it's own set of really cool features.

    As the title says, it's a 250 lumen work light, but has a low mode putting out about 100 lumens, and a red LED emergency flasher mode that blinks twice a second. The flashlight costs around $18 on Amazon, and is the perfect work light for your home, car or everyday carry bag.

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Latest Bag Dumps

  • Pocket Dump: M/26/Music Event Production, IT Technician, DJ

    M 26 Music Event Production IT Technician DJReddit user,burniemcburn, works in the music industry in event audio technician and DJ when the chance arises. He's laid out his gear for us to peek at, and it's a very nice layout indeed. Of course The Shure SE-215 IEMs are no surprise, and the three adaptors are there when the need arises.

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  • US Marine's Everyday Carry [Blackscout Survival]

    thumb Chance Sanders EDC coverI like watching the BlackScout Survival videos on YouTube. Most of the time, I'll watch them at night when I'm laying in bed trying to get to sleep, but earlier today, one of particular interest was published, "A Marine's EDC", and I had to watch it during my lunch.

    US Marine Chance Sanders (The Broken Arrow Survival School - FB Page) takes a few moments to show us what's in his Everyday Carry. Thank you to BSS for putting up a really nice video!

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  • Senior Computer Engineering Student EDC [20/M]

    thumb senior computer engineering student edc El IsoReddit user, El Iso, posted a very nice EDC. With the two knives, lighter, flashlight and a few other items, we'd say this senior computer engineering student has what it takes to make the grade... at least his everyday carry does.

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  • US Army Compass Pouch LC-1 Coat & Belt Everyday Carry

    thumb US Army Compass Pouch EDC 10A couple days ago I stopped in Joe's Army Navy over in Royal Oak, MI. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but as always, I walked out with some items. One of the items was a Compass Pouch (LC-1). I had a few of these a while ago, and I really liked them to keep small items in. With this one, I decided that I'd use it as a very small Pocket Everyday Carry that holds a few OTC Meds and First Aid. Due to it's small 4"x4"x1.5" capacity, it's perfect, and these compass pouches like mine, usually come with an Alice Clip that was the Molle System's predecessor. I like this little clip because it's easy to clip the pouch to my belt if needed. Let's take a look inside to see what I've put in it.

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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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