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The Everyday Carry

food storage shelves1Sure, Just like anyone else, I like the thought of being stocked on food in case there was a disaster, but today at lunch, as I was opening a can of Meijer Chicken to toss in the Lipton Dry Chicken Noodle Soup, I noticed that the due date on the chicken was May 12, 2018, and I bought six of these 5oz cans for $.89about three months ago (June 2015). I then picked up the noodle soup box and checked it's date. May 12, 2016. I'd also purchased this box of soup on the same day as I got the chicken.

Totally curious now, I reached over and grabbed the Stakist Tuna pouch also in my food stash. Good until April 28, 2018. Researching on the internet, I found some interesting articles about food storage for emergency and disaster situations.

100 hour candlesAnother essential to carry in the car during winter is a long lasting emergency candle. I have three 100 hour emergency candles ready to go for when the temperature drops below 40 all day. These aren't really candles, but actually are liquid paraffin that burns through a wick. I have ones that are made by Sterno because I found them at Walmart for $5 on sale, and I got the last three. I will probably order a set of "Clear Mist" 100 hour candles from Amazon as well to have in the home just in case the heater goes out or something. A set of three is just over $20, while a set of 12 is just under $75, so I'll probably purchase the 12 pack.

tactical gear reallyThere's a plethora of tactical EDC Gear and tac-style gear that's flooding the market. These consumer products look and feel like the stuff that police, swat and military would use, but is offered to the general public. In the beginning of my interest in Everyday Carry, I was bitten by the bug, and purchased some "tactical" EDC Gear. A couple backpacks, Molle pouches and of course, flashlights.

I'm focusing on Tactical Bags and Backpacks here because they're the most visable as they're not concealable.

everyday carry gearEveryday Carry Gear is a deeply personal and situational choice.

I've seen a lot of similar edc dumps lately. Just about everyone has the Field Note journals, Fisher Space Pens and so on. Your Everyday Carry gear should be personalized for you. Just because a slew of other people are using something in their everyday carry, doesn't mean it's going to be right for you. Your EDC Gear should fit your unique situation in life, and be able to meet the need whenever called for.

snacks in carHaving Snacks and water in your car can save your life. Sure, in extreme cases, it actually could, but as a father of four, I'm talking about times when the hunger monster strikes and you're kids are grouchy, hungry and thirsty -- and you're desperately wishing they'd fall asleep to give you a bit of peace. 

Carrying snacks in the car can save you from total and utter self destruction at the hands of your kids...

im not a survivalistSo I'm going to get up on my soapbox for a second (after I dump out the emergency rations, Pemmican and 5 year water pouches... LOL) and take a stand on something that comes up a lot for those of us that carry dedicated items around as our EDC.

On many occasions, the people at work, at the locations I'm sent to or even out and about on weekends with my family call me a "Survivalist" when they talk to others and referring to me. It's understandable because almost none of them have even hear the term, "Everyday Carry". They just know that Survivalists are those "extremists" that are preparing for a total breakdown in social order, law and failure of communications and utilities. Just because I do happen to carry a knife, pen, notebook and a bag that has other items that I want to have with me at all times, does not make me a survivalist.

The biggest difference: I just want to have the things that will get me through the day, not the end of the world.

winter edcWinter is just around the corner, and it's about time to "winterize" the EDC with items that the family needs for outings in near-zero temperatures. I've already begun thinking about what I'll be putting in the the Weekend EDC (or family time EDC). These additions will be going in my Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack for the most part, but can also be easily moved to the full size backpack during work days.

I've already pulled out the sunscreen, bug spray and itch cream so my bag is feeling a bit lighter right now.

what to put in your car for winter MobileOk, I know it's only September and the kids just started school, but winter is just around the corner for us northern states, and with the holidays coming up, travel plans being made, it's also time to think about what gear i'm putting into the car this winter for safety, emergencies, rescue and creature comforts. Just ask the Kim family, stranded in 2006 in Oregon - If you do get stranded, your only goal is survival, and this small list of things will help you pull through for the first 72 hours.

syrian refugee bag dump

Imagine a time of civil unrest, the uncertainty of safety for your family and a situation where you had to flee from your home in hopes of finding freedom and safety. You have to think about your family. What they will need. What you can bring. You have to remain mobile, everything has to be carried, and weight is a huge factor because you don’t know how far you’ll actually have to go, how long it will take, or what dangers you may encounter along the way.

Sadly, these are things that the Syrian refugees, among all the other people who flee their homes in fear for life and safety need to think about. For some, it’s not something they’ve thought about until the moment of impending disaster. For people like us, it’s called Prepping your BugOut Bag.

cellphone light

We've all seen it time and time again... It's dark out. You might be at a friend's bonfire, in the basement rummaging around for something or trying to fix something that broke under the dashboard of a car, and what does someone do? You guessed it...

They pull out their phone and turn on the phone's camera flash. Sure. We've all done that, and in a pinch, a camera light will help you out in the immediate area, but consider the fact that a cellphone LED is a low power 12-20 lumen light that is only meant to flood an area within 3-5 feet of the phone.



coghlans pouch dump

I have seven everyday carry bags that I rotate through depending on my mood for my EDC items. Four are backpacks and three are messenger bags. More "sane" individuals will regularly switch between a work bag and weekend bag from what I hear and read. One of the biggest hassles is when you have to move from one bag to the other.

  • First you have to unload all your EDC from the first bag.
  • Then you have to organize it.
  • Finally you have to pack up the second bag in a way that makes sense to you.

This can be quite time consuming, especially if you're particular on how you like your EDC arranged in the bag pockets.

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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