There are so many must-haves when it comes to your EDC kit (Every Day Carry) items. Similar to your everyday carry bag, for example, the contents of a much smaller pack can and will change due to new items that become available over time.
There is always something brand new that catches our attention. For a smaller pack (one I carry everywhere I go), I try to keep the contents to a minimum.
Each item serves a very important purpose—to aid in a survival situation should you face one. Here is a list of my everyday carry essentials, all of which I carry every single day.
EDC Kit | Essential Items I Need Every Single Day
The Pack – Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer
This is the pack I use. It’s extremely durable, and it accommodates all of my EDC items quite well—with a little extra room to spare.
The Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer is a great organizer for your EDC valuables and can be purchased here on Amazon.
A multi-tool is my number one item. No person should be without one in their survival EDC kit. I carry the Leatherman Juice XE6, and as of late it is my favorite multi-tool to carry.
Survival Life also makes its own awesome multitool, the Hoffman Richter HR100, which you can buy here.
The HR100 includes:
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Mini slotted screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Large straight edge blade
- Large slotted screwdriver
- Metal file
- Small straight edge blade
- Medium slotted screwdriver
- Bottle opener
- Can opener
- Ultrasafe locking mechanism
- All 440 stainless steel construction with an ultra-tough titanium coating to ensure it lasts a lifetime of use and abuse
- 1000D nylon case with belt clip included
It's super bright, shock-resistant, waterproof, and made from high-grade aircraft aluminum.
A whistle can be used for a couple of survival situations. One is for personal protection in the event of a possible attack. If you suspect an oncoming attack, blow the whistle.
The last thing an attacker wants to do is draw attention. Wearing a whistle around your neck when you know you are going to be alone in public is a good defensive idea.
A whistle can also be used as a device to signal for help or to ward off predators in a wilderness survival situation.
This particular whistle is the one I carry and can be purchased here on eBay.
My pack is never without paracord. I buy paracord in bulk and I divide it throughout all my packs.
I also have quite a few paracord bracelets which, if you are tight on extra room in your pack, allow you to wear your paracord in the form of a bracelet. A bundle of paracord can be purchased here at the Survival Life Store.
Notepad with a Pen
You know you can't rely too much on your gadgets for note-taking when there's no power source. This particular notepad is a perfect choice in size and durability as it has waterproof paper.
It also fits well in the Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer. This set can be purchased here on Amazon.
Alcohol Prep Pads and Adhesive Bandages
These two items are great for “on-the-go” first aid for minor cuts and scrapes. In my pack, I include 10 alcohol prep pads and 2 of each sized adhesive bandage.
You never know when it's necessary to treat an open wound. These items will be the first line of defense.
Fire Starting Materials: A Bic Lighter and Cotton Balls
In my pack, I carry fire-starting materials. The first of which is a Bic lighter. I buy them in bulk and place one in every emergency pack I own. My second item is cotton balls—my Tinder of choice. I usually carry 4-5 in my small pack.
A List of Important Contacts and Other Information
Cell phones can die on you, which also means that you lose all the important information you have stored.
This mini address book is perfect for recording all of your important contacts and other viable information, such as allergies, medical conditions, medications, your doctor’s name and phone number, etc.
This particular address book is the perfect size for the pack I carry. It can be purchased here on Amazon.
Watch this video by SurviveN2 for a review of the HR-100 multitool:
Any of these items can be very useful in a certain situation. There's no telling when you will need a flashlight, a whistle, a lighter, or any of the things mentioned in this list.
The best thing to do is to be prepared at all times which is the very reason these items are considered everyday carry items. They're very important whether you need a little assistance or when you're stuck in an unexpected survival situation.
Are any of these items also part of your EDC? Tell us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on July 8, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.