Everyday Carry: What’s In Your Bag?

Everyday carry (EDC) items – we’ve all got them, even if you’ve never thought about creating a dedicated EDC bag. At the very least, when you leave the house you probably have a phone, wallet and keys, right?

You’ve probably heard of several different types of bags – Bug Out Bags and Get Home Bags to name two. An EDC bag isn’t designed to replace any of those; it’s mission is to make your day to day life easier. The majority of items inside it aren’t designed for a survival situation, but to help out with the minor hiccups you face each day.

With that in mind, we asked five preparedness bloggers “What’s in your bag?” (plus I’ll show you what’s in mine). Keep in mind that everyone’s needs are different; you shouldn’t just expect to be able to copy someone else’s bag. And it may take you a while to tune your bag properly to get a good balance between size and usefulness.

So, on to the bags…

  • Maxpedition Thermite Versapack
  • Small first aid kit (in the blue pouch)
  • Rechargeable LED flashlight
  • Colt tactical pen (has a glass breaker and flashlight as well)
  • Business card case
  • Compass
  • Fox 40 CMG whistle
  • Wicked Audio Jawbreakers earbuds
  • 7500 mAh USB charger
  • Credit card multitool
  • Gerber Suspension multitool
  • Assorted thumb drives containing movies, music, e-books, utilities, and a bootable operating system

Chris – TheBugOutBagGuide.com

“I used to have a basic EDC kit that I would take around with me but this recently had to be expanded as I have taken on the responsibility of being the primary caretaker for my 15 month old son. You can see in the picture that I now include several items to address his needs.”

The Basic Kit:

  • Advanced Tactical Hip Bag
  • Keys
  • Wallet
  • Watch
  • CRKT M-21 Folding Knife
  • Gerber Multitool
  • Sunglasses
  • EDC Flashlight
  • Water Bottle

The Expanded Items:

  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • 2 Small Battery Free Toys
  • Diapers
  • Wet Wipes
  • Child Spoon

“As I mention in my article on How To Make Your Every Day Carry List, it is important to update and modify your kit as your personal situation changes. I have done this with my own to adapt it
to my growing responsibilities and it is working out well so far!”

Julie – Home Ready Home

  • Coach Colette satchel handbag
  • Wallet
  • Reading glasses
  • Pen
  • iPhone 5s
  • Powercrunch protein bar
  • Hair elastics
  • Dental floss *
  • Lighter
  • Car/house keys with bone shaped carabiner clip
  • Mini sharpie marker *
  • Matches *
  • Spare keys with compass and Resqme car escape tool
  • Benchmade knife
  • Neutrogena “Shine” lipgloss
  • No7 “Plum Beautiful” lipstick
  • CRKT Personal Defense tactical flashlight
  • Mirror *
  • Purell *
  • Wet Ones *
  • Vaseline *
  • True Blue Spa hand cream
  • Neosporin *
  • Bandaids *
  • Advil *
  • Chapstick *
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Sabre Red Pepper Gel
  • Makeup bag (I use it to hold the * items.)

Sheri – The Experimental Homesteader

  • Warm-Ups Energy Saving Bed Warmer
  • Sunlabz 13 Watt Portable Solar Panel
  • Sharpa Herb Grinder
  • iPhone 5 with Survivor Case
  • Coghlan’s Waterproof Matches
  • iPad 2 with Survivor Case (numerous survival and DIY books downloaded on it)
  • Kate Spade iPad bag
  • Coghlan’s Waterproof Fire Sticks
  • Coghlan’s Survival Aid 5-in-1 Survival Tool (liquid filled compass with luminous dial, waterproof matchbox, firestarter flint, shrill signal whistle, nylon lanyard)
  • iPhone 5 6 foot charging cord
  • iPad charging cord
  • iPad plug-in charger
  • Go-Green Charger (battery power plus dual-USB – also plugs in)
  • CCI percussion caps number 11
  • Hodgdon Triple Seven FFFG black powder
  • American Classic Pump Action BB Gun
  • Marksman Repeater BB Gun with nylon holster
  • Colt 1851 Navy Replica with leather holster
  • Coleman power converter with cigarette lighter plug-in (one outlet, one USB port)
  • Gorilla tape
  • 3 mini-flashlights (one is a UV sight)
  • Hand crank flashlight and charger for electronic devices plus multiple adapters
  • USB plugin charger
  • Leather duffle bag
  • Navman plus cigarette lighter charger
  • Rayovac 3-in-1 plugin battery charger
  • Rechargeable batteries (double and triple A’s)
  • Homemade cayenne pepper salve in canning jar
  • Kobert Waterproof Case
  • Leather-bound journal
  • The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
  • Single shot cap and ball pistol in velvet bag
  • Jim Bowie knife
  • 2 mini-knife set in leather sheath
  • Klingon Daqtagh knife with leather sheath
  • Kukri with leather sheath

Erica – Living Life in Rural Iowa

  • Organizing shoulder bag that is 11.5″ x 9.5″ x 1.5″
  • Billfold that carries my ID, cards, cash, checks, and pictures of the kids
  • Keys for home, car, and work. Key ring also has a mini Mag Lite and a mini dagger
  • Small, basic first aid kit
  • Comb
  • Feminine sanitation products
  • A condom in case I need to keep something dry
  • Kleenex
  • An Imodium tablet
  • Lip balm
  • Tea bags
  • Dramamine since I can get motion sickness fairly easily
  • Notepad and multiple pens
  • Hand warmers
  • Two pocket knives
  • An old ID with 3-4 feet of duct tape wrapped around it that I carry in my billfold
  • Hand lotion
  • Camera
  • A hard candy or several
  • A small Mag Lite flashlight
  • A Multipurpose tool – this one has 12 functions – I use it quite a bit
  • Missing, but usually have a small Bic lighter

Dale – Survivalist Prepper

  • Maxpedition pocket organizer (Black)
  • 5 Feet of 550 Paracord (zipper pull & mirror lanyard)
  • Iain Sinclair credit card knife
  • 11 in 1 multi-tool
  • Signal mirror
  • UCO waterproof matches, striker & cotton
  • Sparkie fire starter
  • Flashlight & whistle
  • Floating ball compass
  • P38 can opener
  • Bic lighter wrapped with duct tape
  • (2) 2″ clothespins
  • Pen & index cards
  • Emergency Solar Blanket
  • (4) Aquamira water purification tablets
  • Advil packet
  • Antibiotic packet
  • (2) Steri Strip bandages
  • (2) Curad bandages

Jim – Survival Weekly

  • Cell phone
  • Wallet with cash and credit cards
  • Small flashlight (this is a Mini Maglite but I’ve carried others as well)
  • Small ferro rod
  • Bad Monkey folding knife (carbon blade, works great with the ferro rod)
  • Keys (home, car, work)

“Due to my day job, I’m frequently in and out of courthouses and such. That being the case, I might not always have the knife on my person.  On days off, I’ll usually add a handgun and extra magazine to my EDC as well.”

So there you have a variety of everyday carry bags – what’s in your bag? Leave us a comment!


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