I am going to do one of those obnoxious “this is my EDC kit” posts. Because I want to talk about the desire some people have in the community to carry too much stuff. Obviously, everywhere I go I have my phone and my wallet, because you need those things. Here are the two EDC items I always carry.
A Lone Wolf Tactical Armorer’s Tool and a flashlight. The light pictured is a LED Lenser P3 and it’s awesome because it’s lightweight, and handles all the illumination tasks I could need it to.
Not pictured is my gun, because I don’t carry every day – some days I can’t, because I’m travelling and they frown on bringing a .38 on planes. Knives are frowned as well, but the first thing I do when I get my checked bag is grab my knife. Also not pictured: a bunch of ridiculous bullcrap and a manpurse. Here’s the thing that people don’t understand – preparedness is a lot easier when you do it in a layered approach. For example, I have five of these AAA 121-Piece Road Trip First Aid Kit. One in my house, one in my office, and one in each car. That way I’m never really far from a reasonable first aid kit. I keep a travel emergency kit in our cars as well, so that I can do useful things like “signal for help” or “re-inflate a flat tire.”
Remember, we’re talking EDC here, not “it’s the end of the world as we know it.” A reasonable person’s risk assessment should look at the three places they spend the most time (at home, at work, in the car) and plan accordingly. If you spend a lot of time at the range, you might want to get a blowout kit as well in case of an accidental (or intentional) GSW.
You probably don’t need to keep fishing line in your EDC kit. Remember, we’re not talking about bug-out bags here, this is your “I leave the house every day with this stuff” kit. Glowsticks, thermal blankets and fishing line make perfect sense in a BOB, but come on, EDC? I think not. For me, the bare essentials for EDC are simple: a good knife, a good light, and (when allowed) a good gun. I see EDC pics every day that trigger my internal BS alarms, because seriously who carries a Glock 17, two spare mags, three knives, two flashlights, and a j-frame?