The Every-Day Carry List

From Wikipedia:

Everyday carry (EDC) or Every Day Carry refers to a small collection of tools, equipment and supplies that are carried on a daily basis to assist in tackling situations ranging from the mundane to the disastrous.

The term EDC also refers to the philosophy or spirit of 'preparedness' that goes along with the selection and carrying of these items. Implicit in the term is the sense that an EDC is an individual's personal selection of equipment, arrived at after deliberation, rather than a standardized kit.

EDC items normally fit in a pocket, or small pack, or can be attached to clothing. Emphasis is placed on the usefulness, accessibility and reliability of these items. As an example, the core elements of a typical EDC might include a folding pocket knife, a flashlight and a multi-tool. These items are often collected into a pack or organizer.

I started keeping an EDC bag years ago, and a couple of months before Hurricane Ike struck Houston in late 2008, it started evolving into a full emergency preparedness kit. My wife made fun of me for it at the time, but stopped laughing when the contents came in handy more than once during the week and a half without power after the hurricane.
I've got a separate site detailing the contents of that setup:

My Bug-Out Bag / Emergency Preparedness / Survival Kit list

Note that this is not strictly a "bug out" list, but more of a "stuff you might or will need after an emergency or disaster".

Eventually this page will link to a list of my current EDC items.
For historical reference, I've got a Flickr photo set of my bag and contents as of late 2007 / early 2008 before the hurricane and lessons learned from that experience..

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Last Updated January 2012