Meet Mr. EDC
“Be Prepared”The Scout Motto – Baden-Powell, an English soldier, developed the Scout motto: Be Prepared. He published it in the magazine Scouting for Boys in 1908.
I share this quote and informational tidbit because since my days in Scouting I have always ascribed to this philosophy. It described the intent of “Everyday Carry” (EDC) before it was a global phenomenon. I find it only fitting to share with you my EDC Favorites, which are pictured below.
EDC encompasses the assortment of indispensable items and tools that individuals carry with them as part of their daily routine, aiding them in managing and addressing diverse tasks and circumstances in their day-to-day existence. These carefully chosen items are not only practical and functional but are also tailored to suit the individual’s specific requirements and daily activities.
The concept of everyday carry exhibits considerable variability from one person to another, contingent upon factors such as lifestyle, occupation, hobbies, and personal inclinations. Nevertheless, some fundamental items that frequently find a place in individuals’ EDC collections include:
Wallet: Employed for the safekeeping of identification, currency, and vital cards.
Mobile Phone: Serving as a communication tool, a repository of information, and a hub for various applications.
Keys: Facilitating access to residences, vehicles, and other private areas.
Multitool or Pocket Knife: Essential for an array of practical tasks and unexpected emergencies.
Flashlight: Ensuring illumination in low-light or dark conditions.
Pen and Notepad: Ideal for jotting down notes, capturing ideas, or setting reminders.
Watch: For keeping track of time and potentially offering additional functionalities like a compass or altimeter.
First-Aid Supplies: Comprising items such as band-aids, pain relievers, and medical devices.
Personal Defense Items: Such as pepper spray, if deemed legal and necessary.
EDC Bag or Backpack: Enabling the transportation of supplementary items as required.
Above and beyond these foundational elements, an individual’s EDC ensemble may feature specialized tools or equipment in accordance with their particular requisites and pursuits. Some individuals might incorporate modern technology, such as portable chargers, Bluetooth earphones, or even firearms and spare magazines, into their EDC arrangements.
The essence of EDC revolves around the notion of readiness—an eagerness to tackle daily challenges, unforeseen predicaments, and emergencies by having a set of vital tools and items readily at hand. Devotees of EDC frequently take pleasure in discussing, assessing, and fine-tuning their setups to ensure they are well-equipped to confront any unexpected twists of fate. It represents a personalized and pragmatic approach to fostering self-reliance in the context of one’s everyday life.
I hope this blog inspires you to take action and to always Be Prepared. – Mr. EDC