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The Everyday Carry

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.

lighting fire 1600

Not everyone smokes, but having "sure fire", such as a lighter, weather proof matches or even a ferrocerium striker is worthwhile carrying in your EDC bag or pocket. Besides for being able to light up a smoke for someone else, you will always have the means to start a fire if needed, and that's one of the first points in any survival guide. 

tac bag

I love tactical bags because they just look cool, but if I were ever in a disaster or needed to "Bug Out" quick from an area, I would never, ever, EVER take a tactical bag with me. Tactical bags convey a subliminal message. They tell people who see them on your back, "Hey, This guy has gear you need in his bag!" It's an obvious scream to everyone around you that you are carrying items that you need, and most likely, if you need them, the onlookers could use them too.

EDC Work Snacks

edc snacks workI've mentioned that I pack snacks in both my work EDC and in the weekend bag as well, so just for fun, I thought I'd show you what I had for snacks today on my desk at work. I am a big advocate of snacking, partly due to the fact that many days, I'm forced to skip lunch due to deadlines that projects are due on, but also because I just don't like to be hungry.

So for today's snack photo, from left to right:

Latest Bag Dumps

  • 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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  • M/22/Best Buy Employee

    sanoran scamp edc reddit 175Reddit user, sanoran_scamp is one of those hard workin' boys in blue... No, not a cop, but one of those smiling, helpful guys at Best Buy! Recently, he decided to reveal what things a true customer service professional carries when on duty or off work. Check out this fantastic EDC.

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  • M/29/OH System Administrator

    fluffyangel88 everyday carry dump 175Reddit user, FluffyAngel88 keeps a clean and simple Everyday Carry. Just the things that's needed at any given time. Wallet, Keys, Flashlight, Knife, Multitool and pen and Field Notes. What else could you ask for? Read on for more information about this layout.

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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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