EDC or everyday carry are the items you find essential to carry with you everyday—usually in your pockets or a purse—no matter whether you are going to work or running a few errands. EDC usually goes along with a preparedness mindset and certainly aligns itself with the concealed carry lifestyle.
Some people carry very little, while others carry a small bug-out kit. Largely depending on what you do on a daily basis, what you include in your EDC is usually determined, or in some cases, limited by what you do for a living. If your office does not allow guns, you must adapt. If you drive around checking oil rigs in the country, you probably carry more. Furthermore, women have an advantage because we usually carry a purse large enough to pack everything but the kitchen sink. I have laid a lot of my EDC on the table before—you will be surprised how many alternative ways you can use normal items. Your EDC includes the tools you find necessary for self-defense, emergencies and every day tasks and generally include a weapon, knife, keys, money and a flashlight.
The gear you pick for your EDC should be dependable, reliable and functional.
I asked around and got plenty of willing participates to take pictures on their cell phones of their EDC. You will see from the gallery below that everyone has their own preference for guns, lights and knives.
- GLOCK 19 Gen 4
- Raven Vanguard 2 holster
- Kershaw Thermite
- Steamlight Microstream with a spare battery
- GLOCK 19 with Trijicon RMR
- Raven Vanguard 2 holster
- Kahr PM9 in homemade leather holster
- Paracord key fob
- Spyderco pocket knife
- Maxpedition belt
- Streamlight ProTac 2L
- Gerber Artifact
- Kershaw Ken Onion Whirlwind
- iPhone in Mapul case
- SpecOps The Wallet Jr.
- GLOCK 19 with Ameriglo Sights
- Custom Kydex holster with custom double magazine pouch
- White Hat holster
- Extra GLOCK 19 magazines
- Cold Steel Recon 1 knife with Tanto blade
- Streamlight ProTac 2L light
- Winchester PDX 147-grain 9mm Bonded
- Springfield XDs .45 ACP
- Extra seven-round magazine
- Blackhawk magazine pouch
- Lone Star Tactical Ranger IWB holster
- Gerber F.A.S.T. knife
- UltraFire CREE LED light
- Remington Golden Saber 230-grain JHP ammo
What is included in your EDC?
Suzanne joined the content team with over eight years experience at Cheaperthandirt.com. Starting out as a product description writer, Suzanne has extensive knowledge of the Cheaper Than Dirt! product base and is a good resource for suggestions on which products you need. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Though she prefers plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, Suzanne also loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!
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