Everyone should have an EDC kit relatively close by in the event of an emergency. These kits should focus on the 3’s of survival.
3 minutes without AIR
3 Hours without Shelter (under extreme circumstances, hot or cold)
3 Days without water
3 weeks without food
Some items should always be within reach while others need to be readily accessible. Following will be lists of items to complete your EDC however without knowing how to use all the items in your EDC you’re just carrying useless items. It is highly recommended that you train with the items you have. This can be a great family or couples project. To start with items that should always be in reach are as follows.
Face mask: To ward off dust, germs or other items.
Sanitizer: to clean surfaces, wounds and as an aid for building a warming fire.
Flashlight: a good compact tactical flashlight with multiple setting and a crenulated bezel. These flashlights are probably the number one self-defense tool a person can have. The bright light gives you a larger field of vision, the strobe feature can disorient a would be assailant, and the crenulated bezel works as a striking tool.
Pen and notebook: It is helpful for leaving notes or documenting events. A tactical pen is a very good option, with multiple uses
Handkerchief: very useful tool as a face covering, can be used as head and ear protection. In cold weather can be used as a neckerchief to help retain body heat. It can also be used to filter large objects when harvesting water. It can be used as a tourniquet to stop major bleeding. The handkerchief has numerous other uses.
Edged tool: small pocket knife or multi tool.
Spare cash: in the form of change and small denomination bills. It is recommended to stash on person enough for a meal and one nights lodging.
Booboo Kit: a person should always have handy a small first aid kit with antiseptic and Band-Aids some tape and a roll or two of gauze.
Whistle: a whistle can carry much farther than the voice so it is a good safety option.
Bic lighter: can be used in the traditional way for starting a warming fire, but can keep you on good terms with the stranger who requests a light to support an addiction and lessens their tendency to become agitated. It’s always best to avoid areas where this situation might occur but during economic downturns their territories widen. It is best to have 2 bic lighters so you can give one away and still have one.
The previous list is a good starting point. It is believed that a more comprehensive EDC kit should be carried when you venture beyond normal routines such as your local supermarket, local restaurants and places of employment. Some EDC Kits are very minimalistic and some can be fairly comprehensive. The kit that you utilize should fit your needs. Researching threat assessments for where you may be going is the best means for developing your kit, is there a possibility of natural or manmade emergencies, are roadways treacherous? Options for your more comprehensive kit can be as small as a pouch or even small hard case that would fit in a pocket or purse, to even a fanny pack or back pack.
The more comprehensive EDC contents.
Survival Blankets: the Mylar type for retaining body heat as well a shade shelter along with a valuable signaling device. It is recommended to carry two.
Compass: it is always good to know which way you’re going even a small button compass is handy.
Water: it is always good to carry water but in the event that runs out or is damaged a redundant means of harvesting and making water safe to drink is important. Vessel for harvesting, filter, purification tablets. Larger edged tool: a person needs to know the laws in regards to these sometimes they are prohibited.
EMT Shears: many valuable uses.
Duct tape: great for repairs, first aid, and can be used as a fire tinder.
Cordage: a hank of 550 cordage has multiple uses. It is recommended 25 ft.
Paper maps: having a map of the area you are visiting can help you find your way or even avoid unwanted areas.
Expanded First Aid Kit: a more comprehensive kit for larger ailments, along with pain relievers, anti-diarrheal, or other meds. Personal Defense: these should include options that are legal and you have trained with.
Fire: learn and become familiar with methods for building a small fire for warmth and for purifying water. It is recommended to have multiple methods for fire starting, due to the rules of 3’s of survival with shelter or maintaining body temperature and drinking water having such high priorities. This would include not only ignition but also keeping it going.
Nourishment: nuts, lifeboat bars, candy bars (avoid chocolate which melts easily), hard candies and granola bars.
Please note there will be upcoming presentations on equipping vehicles, 72hr. preparedness and long term preparedness.