Create your own EDC kit

By on October 22, 2012
edc kit

Life comes at you fast, and sometimes you won’t have the option of getting all of your gear together.  When this happens you just have to drop everything and go.  This can cause much unneeded stress but don’t lose all hope.

There are a few items that can be carried with you at all times that can seriously improve your survival chances should you be caught off guard.  These are what I like to call EDC packs (every day carry).  These are items that I carry on me every day that fit into my normal lifestyle and that a normal person would never guess is something useful to my survival.

Below are some of the items that I keep in my car as an EDC kit:

-A folding pocket knife

-A good pair of boots

-Paracord bracelet ( roughly 10 feet of cord)

-Aqua Mira: Frontier emergency water filter.

-8 LED flashlight with batteries and adapter ( takes either 1 C Battery or 3 AAA’s)

-Bright yellow emergency poncho

-Mylar survival blanket

-Stainless steel water bottle (also used as a container for the kit).

-Not pictured is one 400 calorie ration bar from Millennium simply because it was time to rotate it out and… I was hungry.  Millennium makes a great compact energy bar that fits just    about anywhere

I also created an EDC tin from an Altoids container that i keep in my desk.  Aside from the odd look I get when I refuse to give a coworker a mint, this fits effortlessly in my pocket or my desk or just about anywhere and no one will ever be the wiser.  Inside the Altoids tin I keep an array of items.  The most common items are.

-Small screw top pill holder filled with Vaseline:  Vaseline has a variety of uses. It can be used to prevent and cure chapped lips and hands, can be put on cuts and scrapes to help prevent infection and is extremely effective as a fire starter.

-Cotton balls

-Weatherproof matches

-A small wire saw

-A small assortment of fishing supplies

-A few hard candies and or bouillon cube if there is room, a small amount of sugar can give you a great energy and moral boost after a crisis.

I have several EDC kits that I have stashed in my car, at my desk, and even in my pocket at all times.  Each one is a little different than the last. Whatever you decide to put in yours, make sure that even if you’re caught unaware… you’re never unprepared.

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  1. Joseph

    The AquaMira water bottle (at least the microfiltration version) gets terrible reviews on Amazon … any other suggestions (besides $150 Katadyn?)


    • Suzanna Ray

      Dear Joseph , For your best value for purifing water from the gutter or other wild source, I don’t think you could beat the Seychelle bottle. Filters down to .05 microns which means it takes out Ecoli, Giardia and other like minded pathogens. I found them on line at It looks like they have changed the design since I got mine, AND I bet they have gone up in price too, BUT you should be able to get for around $50

  2. MichaelSee

    No fire starters for the bigger kit?
    Including some matches and a couple of “pink lady” type candles wouldn’t take up much room could be a life saver in snow country.

    I didn’t see the paracord bracelet pictured. I assume that this is because you wear it on a normal, day-to-day basis. If so, I have been advised not to use the cord in the bracelet for lifting. That is due to the normal wear to the cord and due to it being kinked and thereby weakened.

    It might be nit-picking, but I’d think that including some bandaids and antibiotic ointment rather than fishing gear would be more practical for the little office tin.

    I loved your article. It gets me thinking on other size kits than the big Bug-out type kits.

  3. j hester

    I wear a 1W LED 2AA (AAs are more readily available that AAAs or Cs) flashlight in a holster along with a great tool made briefly by Vise-Grip called the Toolbox in a knife scabbard. My Swiss Army Knife lives in my pocket. A lighter and chapstick live in my other front pocket. My backpack which goes everywhere with me has a good book, a small but powerful and clear set of binoculars, plastic utensils, insulated gloves, a CPR kit, painkillers and meds, a pillow, a set of thermal underwear, pens and a pencil, a small mirror, a bottle of water and of course my wallet. There are a few other everyday items not for survival. I always take a jacket, even if I don’t expect to be out after dark.
    This has evolved over a period of years due to living in the mountains and being a firefighter. I am not overtly a survivalist, this is just practical.

  4. ron

    purifiation of water, try [ first water ]. i have not tried it but it had good reviews, also cleans down to .05 microns. there are some good one’s out there but as mentioned, some are pricey.

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