My wallet isn’t thick and it’s certainly not lined with credit cards, but I do carry something with me every day that is much more important than any piece of plastic from a financial institution. It’s my Every Day Carry (EDC) Survival Kit.
I put this kit together many years ago with one thought in mind: if I were to get stranded on the side of the road over night, if I were to get lost in the woods for a few days, if I were to not be able to make it home for any reason and had to spend the night without food or pre-made shelter, what would I want to have with me to make my stay more pleasant.
As I assembled the items, I wanted the kit to be lightweight and easy to carry. A heavy or cumbersome kit will most often get left behind and that defeats the purpose.
I started with a small Altoids tin but I quickly found some deficiencies with that container. Now I use a Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer. It works well despite being a little larger than I’d like.
Here’s what my EDC includes:
- Contractor yard bag
- 5 self-adhesive bandages
- 4 self-adhesive butterfly bandages
- Index cards
- Cotton balls (inside the Altoids tin)
- Ibuprofen (inside the Altoids tin)
- Altoids Mini Tin
- Duct tape
- Waterproof matches
- Iodine tablets
- Iodine tablet neutralizer
- P-38 can opener
- Aluminum foil
- Sterile surgical blade
- Safety pins
- Snare wire
- Emergency Thermal blanket
- Mag Lite Solitaire flashlight
- Swiss Army knife
- 10′ of paracord
- Small fish hooks
- Split-shot fishing sinkers
- 50 feet of fishing line
- Rubber band (around the plastic bag)
- Resealable plastic bag
- Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer
- Resealable dry pouch
That’s what’s in my kit as of today. However, over the years, I’ve found that my kit is always a work in progress. I’ll find something else that may be of use to me in a survival situation and stuff it in the kit. As I learn new skills or grow in ability, I may remove other items.
In prior posts, I’ve written about the multiple uses or purposes of many of these items. For example, the yard bag can be used as make-shift rain gear, a water catch, a shelter covering, an insulated jacket, or a distress signal. Likewise a handkerchief or bandana has a bunch of uses for the survivor. You can find these posts in the Survival Kit category. I’ll continue to post about the other items.
I typically carry this kit in a backpack with other supplies including my first aid kit, some homemade MREs, a rain coat, a water bottle, metal cup, fixed-blade knife, etc. So, although this kit is designed to be self-contained, I do typically have some other items with me as well. I’ll post that list another time.
What am I missing? What do you carry?