Preppers, What is Enough EDC?

   08.02.17

Preppers, What is Enough EDC?

EDC is an acronym for Everyday Carry.  As the name implies, it is what people carry on a daily basis.

For example, my EDC:

  • Wallet.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Keys.
  • Thrunite TI3 flashlight attached to the keyring.

A few days ago, a buddy of mine posted a picture of his EDC on Facebook.

The picture included:

  • Glock.
  • Two spare magazines (three magazines total).
  • Tactical flashlight.
  • Tactical style pocket knife.
  • Wallet.

When I saw the picture, I wondered where did he put all the gear?

Then, there are the preppers who carry a compass, fire starter and a few other odds and ends. The reason for the fire starter and the compass, is so they can get off the beaten path in a grid down situation.

What brought all of this up? There is a thread on the forum that caught my eye,

When are you carrying too much gear for EDC?

I have a maxpedition sitka and a jumbo, and cannot for some reason wrap my head around what necessary to carry with me and whats a luxury.   Feel like I have 17 redundancies and backups between all of the stuff I am carrying.

I originally was using the sitka, then thought it had a lot of extra room in it that I found myself filling up with other stuff, turning it more or less into a get home bag as opposed to its original intent of EDC. Thats when I got the jumbo, and I have that filled to capacity, again, but feel like I should have plenty of extra room in it. What am I doing wrong?

What do we see wrong here?

It appears the forum member has Everyday Carry (EDC) confused with a Get Home Bag (GHB).

Get Home Bag is a backpack kept in a vehicle stocked with basic survival gear. This is your food, water, shelter, rain poncho, map, compass, everything needed to hike home in a grid down situation.

As stated earlier, EDC is what you use every day. This is your wallet, cash, cell phone, and maybe a pocket knife.

It seems sometimes preppers attempt to turn themselves into a GHB? Why carry a bag when you have all these pockets?

So, what is your EDC? Any stories you wish to share of friends who cram their pockets full?

 

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