No, this isn't about firearms, but rather about Every Day stuff (or EDC). A firearm might be a subset (and that's certainly okay to list) of what you
carry, but the focus here is on the larger picture of your daily "stuff".
Most of us leave the house each day taking something with us. For some it might be a lunch box, or that favorite coin, or a certain jackknife. Some
of us take a pack or a purse, or a briefcase or courier bag. For me, I take a small pack (I'm a nut about the perfect pack and I've had many over the
years and continue to search for that 'one'). I actually use different packs for different seasons and occasions as each have their own
In any case, I usually take a select number of things with me each day on my travels to work, to town or just out and about. I'm pretty ritualistic
about what I carry with me to the point I feel naked if I don't have it. Some things I carry in my pack, and other things I carry on my person. Over
the years I've gone from a whole lot of stuff, down to bare minimalist, back up to more and down again. The goal is to find that perfect equilbrium
of things you need and use versus stuff which just adds weight.
There are folks who are completely consumed with EDC, even to the point of entire websites dedicated to the subject. I guess I'm somewhere in the
middle and look at it from a more practical perspective (although I will admit to having gone to some of those websites for clever ideas, and they do
have some.). My reasoning for EDC is that many years ago I came to the conclusion I always had too much stuff in my hands (going to the car, getting
into work, getting out of the car, etc.). I found myself being kind of jealous of my wife because she had her purse which was the catch-all for
everything. Obviously, I'm not a purse kinda' guy so I had to find my own kind of "purse" if you will, and for me that was a pack.
Ultimately, I would like to ask you all what types of things you deem essential in your daily travels, but before I do that I will share a list of the
things I generally take with me. Here goes:
When I walk out the door in the mornings now days my hands are free. On my person I religiously have my wallet, my phone, a small swiss army knife, a
small flashlight (infinitely useful), a small aluminum pill bottle and my car keys (clipped on a belt loop with a carabiner).
In my pack I carry:
- A water bottle filled with fresh water
- Sunglasses (in a case)
- My lunch in a small collapsible lunch bag
- A rain shell jacket in a stuff sack
- Some wet wipes
- A couple full sized carabiners clipped to the outside (really handy items)
- A couple paper notebooks (one large and one small) along with some pens and pencils
- A small ditty bag with various cables
- My laptop and charger
- Some breath mints
- A Sea to Summit insulated mug with coffee, tea, cream and sugar packets stuffed inside
- A general purpose bandana
- A small soft sided first aid kit that I've put together
- Ear plugs (gotta' have ear plugs in my world)
- Some business cards in a card holder
- People will laugh at this one, but I also carry a set of titanium chopsticks (amazingly handy actually) and this aluminum spork like utensil.
- Lastly, and most importantly, I carry with me...some extra room in my bag (an invaluable lesson I've learned). For stuff collected along the
Every evening before I retire to sleep I remove any extra items from my bag along with my lunch box and water bottle, so the bag is stripped down to
the bare essentials for the next day. I also (once a month or more often) take everything out of my bag to evaluate it's utility and then re-stock.
I use this opportunity to shake out my bag, clean it up and inspect it for wear. also My pack is generally a 28-31 liter size which is a little
bigger than a typical book bag, but considerably smaller than a trekking 'backpack'.
I can't count the number of times I've been in a situation where I needed something and was so thankful to have just what I needed.
What do you carry?
edit on 8/9/2018 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)