I have a dilemma with my EDC bag that I hope you all might be able to help me address: I don’t have one.
The biggest problem is that I’m a minimalist, and I like to carry as little as possible. I don’t even carry a purse on a regular basis. I keep my
keys, cards, and phone in my pockets.
Now, I’ve always made myself feel better about this by keeping my car well equipped to grab and go from there if I needed to. Lately, though, I’ve
been spending a lot more time on foot, mostly walking around a college campus. The other day I cut my hand while on campus, and didn’t even have a
damn Band-Aid with me (they were in the car, parked quite far away). That was the final straw.
I need to put together an EDC.
My husband just upgraded my knife (that usually stays in my car). So now, I would like to keep the upgrade on me at all times, but it’s a bit bulky
to keep in my pocket. (He sure knows the way to my heart, by the way)!
My next problem with EDC’s is that being a woman, I don’t want to carry a hideous looking bag. I did find a messenger style bag today that will
suit my needs for now, but it is not a long-term solution because it is more about cuteness than durability. I’ll upgrade that later, if I ever find
a nice looking AND durable bag. It’s about the size of a notebook binder, a bit smaller (maybe 12x12). It has just a couple of pockets on the
inside, and a couple outside. It’s narrow, so I don’t want to cram so much inside that it’s bulging.
I browsed some of the threads on here about EDCs to get some ideas about what to put into my new bag, and immediately became VERY overwhelmed. I
don’t want to carry binoculars or handsaws. I have enough gear in my car that, unless a meteor or something destroyed it, I can swing by the car and
grab my get home bag (assuming my car isn't running).
So I guess I want my EDC to be set up in a really practical, but minimalist sort of way, with the goal of getting me out of a bind or getting me home
(usually no more than around 20 miles from home) if things are really bad (without turning into a suitcase sized affair). Is that achievable?
Aside from my knife, Band-Aids, and antibiotic ointment, I have no clue what absolutely MUST be in there. Can you all offer some suggestions, keeping
in mind my desire to keep it light and not bulky?
Also, I realize 100% that I am severely limiting myself. That’s why I am acknowledging my flaws, and hoping you will all be constructive and kind
with your comments.