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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Everyday Carry on 02/23/2013 22:01:41 MST Print View

There's a group of people on who post what they carry every day. Kind of like the civillian's gear-on-living-room-floor picture. There's even a few thru-hikers on there.

Here's mine:

Here's the rest:

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Everyday Carry on 02/23/2013 22:06:44 MST Print View

I'll play:

Benchmade 940

I wear an OR pullover often, does that count?

...Not really worth a spreadsheet.

A lot of other people make me nervous these days.

EDIT: After reading the following posts about guns I would like to state that I have no problems with guns. I do not own a gun, but I work at a gun store. How you like them apples?

The scary part to me is that people feel the need to carry fire starter and decoder rings and stuff ALL THE TIME? in the city? Thats creepy to me? Fear much?

Edited by WoodenWizard on 02/24/2013 09:22:04 MST.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Truth on 02/23/2013 22:27:28 MST Print View

A lot of people from this group seem to carry firearms...

By "this group" I mean the one I just linked.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Everyday Carry on 02/24/2013 03:03:07 MST Print View

edc talk is a preparedness topic. i carry keys and a wallet (smile).

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
EDC in the context of Backpacking on 02/24/2013 07:58:30 MST Print View

If I've learned nothing else, it's that no one on BPL will change their position on firearms based on anything written here.

I'm probably unprepared in an EDC sense compared to other people. I carry the smallest swiss army knife I could find on my keychain, I have a lanyard on my keychain which has 1.5 feet of nylon, my work phone which has a flashlight, and my iphone. (I'm not getting into firearms here as it's pointless).

I'm in the process of improving my Backpacking EDC which would be items that are always on my person in the unlikely event that I become separated from my backpack.

My tentative list (under development)

*on a lanyard in my pocket and attached to belt loop with cord
Small swiss army knife
Nano Striker
small led flashlight (haven't decided which one yet but don't want it to be bulky and it must be weather resistant; the smaller the better; suggestions welcome)

*In a small nylon bag (decommissioned military sewing kit; don't like carrying an Altoid can in my front pocket)
Fish hooks
split shot
fishing line
a few storm matches sealed in plastic
A 2" piece of slurpie straw sealed with vaseline/cottonball
Bic lighter
Razor blade
Gallon ziplock for water (checked often for wear and tear)
3 chlorine dioxide tablets

Paracord bracelet (use a no-name braid which unravels quickly) with fastex buckle/whistle

Suggestions to improve this kit always welcome.

I demand redundancy for my knife (razor) and firesteel (matches, lighter, and vaseline cotton).

I carry a variety of other knives dependent on the trip but none of them are necessarily backpacking EDC. I carry Esbit and other survival items in my ruck.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 02/24/2013 08:26:44 MST.

Andrew Urlacher
(anarkhos) - M

Locale: Colorado, Wyoming
EDC Flashlight on 02/24/2013 08:10:49 MST Print View

Check out for flashlights, best quality and value. Absolutely love mine, the Mini series and Preon series would be the best bet for ultra small, ultra durable LED lights.

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: EDC in the context of Backpacking on 02/24/2013 08:45:53 MST Print View

"*on a lanyard in my pocket and attached to belt loop with cord
Small swiss army knife
Nano Striker
small led flashlight (suggestions welcome)"

You might like my right back pocket EDC then:
Nite ize carabiner bottle opener attached to my key ring via 6 feet of paracord in a king cobra stitch. On the key ring I have a 4sevens Preon and a peanut lighter. This clips to a belt loop and hangs into my back pocket.

I love the Preon, great little aaa light. More light than I ever need, and it gets TONS of use.

Yeah EDC topics usually accompany people who are into preparedness, so lots of guns, knives and paracord.
Personally I only EDC what gets a lot of use on a regular basis. For me, this includes:

Front pockets:
my phone, wallet, pen, Chapstick.

R. Back pocket: already outlined above^

L. Back pocket:
3'x3' silk bandana, 3" case(bone handle slip joint knife, never saw the need for the tactical stuff).

Although I make and sell "survival" bracelets, I don't see much use for them in an actual survival situation. I think they are more hype than anything. But, my keychain fob, did come handy when I forgot the rope for the Xmas tree one year. And hey, paracord bracelets are a cool way to wear your team colors :)

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Preon 0 on 02/24/2013 08:46:54 MST Print View

Thanks for that suggestion Andrew; I wasn't familiar with their product.

I like the specs on the Preon 0 so I'm going to order one and check it out. I carry a Surefire tactical flashlight at work. It appears that four sevens have some flashlights which compare well to my Surefire that I need to check out.

I have a light which is a $2 version of the Photon micro-light but I'm always hitting the button so I can't count on the battery for when I'll need it.

I like the specs on the Preon 0 so I'm going to order one along with a Micro-light for comparison.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: EDC in the context of Backpacking on 02/24/2013 08:55:41 MST Print View

Nice suggestions Nick!

I used 550 cord and 100mph tape all of the time in the military. I still use the tape (albeit to a lesser degree) but admittedly almost never use the 550 cord. I've stopped carrying 550 cord in my ruck as there are lighter/less bulky options available but I'm a creature of habit so I don't have it in me to say goodbye to an old friend.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 02/24/2013 08:56:28 MST.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Everyday Carry on 02/24/2013 09:26:48 MST Print View

Do people (on the reddit thread) really carry all those things with them all the time? Seems like overkill for most of them. To put it mildly. Mine:

Carabiner with keys, SOLED
Phone (clock, alarm, calendar, mp3)
Fisher Bullet pen

As needed:
Bottle opener (on 'biner)
Eyeglass cloth

Considering adding:
Mini Bic
Leatherman PS

I do keep a lot of stuff in my car (which some people posted), but that's not EDC in my opinion. EDC is something you keep with you b/c you expect to use it. A large proportion of a car kit is for emergencies.

Car things considered EDC:
Writing implements
Utility knife
Nail clippers
DC charger
Leather gloves
Tote bags

Car things used occasionally:
Ropes, gumbies, straps
Rugs, blankets, tarps

Car things for emergencies:
Washer fluid
Hazard flag
Jumper cables
First aid kit

Matt Weaver
(norcalweaver) - F

Locale: PacNW
KISS on 02/24/2013 11:39:34 MST Print View


Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
you call that prepared? on 02/24/2013 13:41:35 MST Print View

How does nobody carry a bottle opener? If you are going to be prepared for anything, it might as well include beer.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: you call that prepared? on 02/24/2013 13:44:28 MST Print View

A motivated beer drinker needs no opener.

Edited by kthompson on 02/24/2013 14:34:39 MST.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
yikes on 02/24/2013 14:20:03 MST Print View

Even the most motivated drinker only makes the "teeth" mistake once.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Everyday Carry on 02/24/2013 14:24:01 MST Print View

Max you carry that every day? or just while backpacking? a lot seems unnecessary and overkill.

i'm with the keys and phone crowd. my keychain has a LED mini light and a mini bank card on it.

car has a bunch of stuff that comes in handy while in the car or while car camping but i dont consider that EDC.

i find people who EDC guns and large knives to be paranoid or compensating for something..

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: yikes on 02/24/2013 14:24:45 MST Print View

Ah, but the skillful beer drinker needs no teeth, nor an opener. Resourceful, inventive, and ever-vigilant, he will find a way.

I once opened a bottle of wine with a pen and a shoe.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: yikes on 02/24/2013 14:25:20 MST Print View

bic lighter,keys, someone else's countertop, by the keg.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Material Much? on 02/24/2013 14:29:04 MST Print View

Each to his or her own, of course... But for those of us who are urbanites or suburbanites -- do we really need to carry all that stuff as a matter of routine? Let's see, what do I carry?

- wallet (cash, cards, ID, medical insurance card)
- keys

That's it, really. Sometimes, I'll take my cell phone, but not always.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Material Much? on 02/24/2013 14:29:59 MST Print View

This time of year...a toque and fleece mitts.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
EDC in Car on 02/24/2013 14:38:14 MST Print View


These get me out of most situations. If I need other stuff my car is usually close by. I keep my more serious tools like Leathermens etc. in there.

One idea I need to check on is a basic first aid kit for the car. My chance of being injured or helping an injured person is probably greatest on the road. I do keep a CPR mouth guard in the car. I normally keep bear spray in the car too. Handy for stray dogs etc. I know its not meant for humans but I'm in Texas and I imagine most cops/judges would be okay with me spraying an assailant rather then shooting him.