Preppers, What is Enough EDC?
Kevin Felts 08.02.17
EDC is an acronym for Everyday Carry. As the name implies, it is what people carry on a daily basis.
For example, my EDC:
- Pocket knife.
- 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:
- Two spare magazines (three magazines total).
- Tactical flashlight.
- Tactical style pocket knife.
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,
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?