Monday, March 16, 2015

March Challenge #16 Every Day Carry

Whether you are out for the day and have a tiny emergency (like a migraine headache) or you are out for the day and there is a major emergency (like your neighborhood has been locked down and no one is being allowed in or out for hours) it is easy enough to be prepared for a wide range of disasters if you put together and refine your EDC (every day carry) kit for maximum usefulness and efficiency.  Here's what you need:

A method for carrying your EDC

  • Backpack, messenger bag, briefcase, etc.

Common items that you will use throughout your day

  • Keys
  • Cell phone/charger
  • Wallet (with cash, ID, credit cards)
  • Sunglasses
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Bottle of water
  • Pen/notebook
  • Tablet or laptop
  • Earbuds
  • Tissue packet
  • Pocket knife
  • Thumb drive with backup files

Emergency items that you may not use often but which would come in handy in a disaster

  • Umbrella
  • Matches or lighter
  • Safety pin
  • Rubberband
  • Flashlight
  • Packet of aspirin
  • Bandaids
  • Paracord
  • Carabiner
  • Chapstick
Note that everyone's EDC will be different based on the items they are most likely to use.  Also note that you don't want this bag to weight 20 pounds.  It isn't your BOB, it is simply a few useful items that you will use during the normal course of your day (plus a few extras).

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