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The Everyday Carry

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.

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. 

I began consolidating the items that I always wanted to have close by with the intent of just switching things from one bag to another. It was about this time, my employment also let everyone know they were forbidden to bring in their own backpacks as there was an incident where someone might have taken company property home in their bag.

While I'm not the first guy to think of creating a Modular EDC System, I published a post called "My Coghlan's EDC Bag System". This was the first attempt at creating a "bag within a bag" EDC that could easily be moved from one bag to another. It worked very well, and I still use this method today, however I've optimized it even more to save space and lighten the load.

The bag layout hasn't changed much. I still use a small, medium and large Coghlan's pouch set, but the number of items have been reduced to only what I need 60-80% most of the time. 

Creating a Modular Bag System is pretty easy with the right planning

If you've already been carrying for a while, chances are that you've already created an EDC out of the items you need most. It's really just a matter of dividing them up into smaller bags or pouches if needed. While this won't help the minimalist carrier, if you're somewhere between a survivalist / prepper and everyday carry enthusiast, this modular system is perfect.

There are two ways to effectively break down your EDC into a modular landscape, in my opinion:

  • Divide by what's needed most to least.
  • Divide by type:
    • First Aid & Emergency
    • Tools and Gear
    • Personal Hygiene
    • etc...

Finding the right pouches or bags is kind of tough if you have to place them inside another bag like I did. Since I already had to carry a company laptop, charger, mouse, papers and other items, space for the EDC was at a premium. That's the main reason I went with the Coghlan's pouches -- they were slim enough to be placed into the large zippered compartment of the bag along with the laptop and power cord. Best of all, I wasn't violating any work rules as I was still carrying the company issued backpack.

A couple people noticed and complained, but HR couldn't find anything wrong with carrying personal effects within the company backpack. They saw my toothbrush, toothpaste and nail clippers in one of the bags and immediately concluded that they couldn't ban an employee for keeping up his/her personal hygiene.

So whether you choose a pouch or bag, the point is that you're able to switch your EDC from bag to bag within a couple seconds at a moment's notice, and still have your EDC with you in it's entirety. 

 

Latest Reviews

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    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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    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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    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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  • Nebo LEO 220 Lumen Pocket Work Light

    thumb nebo leo black grayNormally I don't get into "normal" flashlights, but today, the LEO worklight by Nebo caught my eye. It was a bit different than most other cheap LED worklights you might find in Walmart or online, and I felt convinced that I had to get it.

    The NEBO LEO is a very bright 220 lumen work lamp that has a swivel-out rotating head to put the light where you need it, but it also has a 80 lumen flashlight at the top as well for spot use. With a price of less than $20 it's a perfect AAA worklight that won't break the bank!

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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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