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28/10/2019 11:09 am  

I know it got super trendy for a while, but I really liked the whole EDC movement. Some of the pictures I see out there are excessive, and I find myself asking, "But do you really carry all of that on you all of the time?"

I always think of it in terms of layers, where I can break things up from immediate needs, that I try to always have with me, to supporting items that might sit in a bag I have regular access to but don't keep on me.

What about you? What is your philosophy on everyday carry items? What kind of things do you keep with you or near you?

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28/10/2019 3:00 pm  

Gun

Wallet

Multi-tool

Flashlight

Watch

Keys

Phone (not pictured, because it took the picture)

This pic is from May 2018, but all that's changed is the weapon light (now a TLR-7) and the watch (different Timex).

My philosophy on EDC is to have a high level of capability, but through a minimum of equipment.  I don't really carry a bag with me, and I haven't done a very good job of making my car a 2nd layer expanding upon the items pictured above.  What you see is basically what I have at my disposal, and everything else is an environmental pick-up.  I'm fully aware of my glaring lack of medial equipment, and I'd like to remedy that, but there's a least one good post I'm waiting on before I start seriously pursuing that piece.

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01/11/2019 11:16 am  

Back when I was a commuting by public transit and doing a lot of walking to and from work my EDC was a lot more involved. My pockets kept my keys, phone, and wallet. I used a Maxpedition Versipack Jumbo to carry a Nalgene, first aid, 4 Sevens Preon 2 pen light, a Leatherman Juice, books, and whatever stuff the day called for. Very Youtube circa 2013 right?

Fast forward  and I am exclusively commuting by car so the need for a light weight, small profile  sling bag isn't necessary or needed. Plus, I have a kid now and keep a blue Kelty Redwing 30 as a diaper bag/EDC bag with me all the time. For all you dads out there who can't stand schlepping a yuppie diaper bag or cringe at the the tactical diaper bag, a regular backpack will do just fine. Diapers and wipes in the water bottle pockets, extra clothes, snacks, changing pad, and miscellaneous in the main compartment. EDC/dad stuff in the front pocket. Easy and functional.

I am pretty much down to just my keys, phone, and wallet. The only addition to my person is a Benchmade Bugout.  My philosophy has become is less is more on my person. If I need something extra it lives in a location that is easily accessible and near/with me (ie car console or in the diaper bag).

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03/11/2019 1:12 pm  
Posted by: @matt

I know it got super trendy for a while, but I really liked the whole EDC movement. Some of the pictures I see out there are excessive, and I find myself asking, "But do you really carry all of that on you all of the time?"

I always think of it in terms of layers, where I can break things up from immediate needs, that I try to always have with me, to supporting items that might sit in a bag I have regular access to but don't keep on me.

What about you? What is your philosophy on everyday carry items? What kind of things do you keep with you or near you?

"Philosophy" on EDC is, unfortunately, not always the same thing as what I can have on me.

It is one of those things where we make plans and then life happens.

When I am home, I am never far from my car, so I have a bag in there that is rather well supplied (me being a paranoid russian Jew who has already lived through one country collapsing, you can imagine what's in there).  The company I work for is in a different state, so when I go to the office, I also have a small EDC kit there that is waiting for me.

However, I travel quite a lot for work and given tight schedules and general inefficiency of airport luggage handlers, I try travel light and with carry on luggage only.  On top of that, most of my customers are either military or military supply chain, so I can't carry anything on me anyway.  Most of the time, I can't even have anything in the car when I am driving onto a base or into a parking lot of one of the prime contractors.

1) Cell phone with a couple of Moment lenses.  I take pictures and most of the time I do not travel with a camera.  If I happen to know that I will have time to go do some photography, I'll take a camera with me.  Most of the time my cell phone with a couple of add-on lenses does the job.  The phone lives in my pocket.  The lenses live in my laptop bag.

2) Wallet. In the pocket next to he cellphone.

3) I always have one of the many "tactical" pens available on the market somewhere on me and another in my computer bag.  Every once in a while some ambitious TSA agent confiscates it, so I do not carry any expensive pens of this type with me.  Aside from the fact I always need a pen to write, a sturdy pen is a kubotan and I know how to use one of those.  It ain't much, but it can be a distinct advantage over nothing at all.

4) Leatherman TSA approved multi-tool.  Style PS does not have a blade, so they let me take it onto the plane. I lose these once in a while, so I am always on the lookout for when these go on sale.  It has been tremendously useful.

5) A couple of small flashlights.  Given that my phone has a built in flashlight, I usually have one small flashlight in the laptop bag and another in the pocket of my sportcoat.

6) Bandaids, antihistamines, tactile gloves and a couple of pain killers in my laptop bag.

I have just recently moved out of California, so I need to get a concealed carry license, which will happen shortly.  When I am home, my EDC kit will contain the items above plus a pocket knife and Glock 48.

ILya

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