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Create your own EDC Kit

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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. Your personal EDC kit will help you prepare for a situation such as this.

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 items make up what I like to call my EDC kit (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.

Essential Items for your EDC Kit

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 your EDC kit, make sure that even if you’re caught unaware… you’re never unprepared.

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Joseph
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Joseph
3 years 7 months ago
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The AquaMira water bottle (at least the microfiltration version) gets terrible reviews on Amazon … any other suggestions (besides $150 Katadyn?)

Thanks!
Joseph

Suzanna Ray
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Suzanna Ray
3 years 7 months ago
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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 http://www.beready.com 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

Chris
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Chris
1 year 8 months ago
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The Sawyer Squeeze is a great product and starts at $20. The best thing about the filter is that it comes with a container for the contaminated water so you don’t have to put it directly in your bottle to boil. Simply attach the filter to the bag and squeeze it into whatever container you have to drink from.

BillH
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BillH
1 year 8 months ago
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There seem to be a couple of reviewers on amazon who didn’t understand that you are supposed to squeeze the bottle to get the necessary pressure to force the water through the filter. Otherwise, the reviews didn’t look bad to me. I don’t have it, so I can’t comment on the item itself.

desert
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desert
1 year 8 months ago
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How about a 20.00 lifestraw?

Bruce
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Bruce
1 year 8 months ago
0 1+ wide mouth stainless steel canteens from the canteen store. I bought a few kits + their cheapo canteen covers. I use the kit bags for EDCs and hang the covered canteens from them. I know that Katadyns are pricey, BUT, they are the gold standard for filters. The LifeStraw is far less expensive, BUT, only produces @ 1,000 liters vs. the 13,000 Katadyn. H2O is one’s # 1 survival need. I use Katadyn _+ Micropur tablets + boiling. I carry a few different fire starters — BlastMatch + magnesium with sparking edge + Primus + Zippo SOS lighter… Read more »
Jeff
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Jeff
1 year 8 months ago
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I second the Sawyer Squeeze. Got one for each of my brother in-laws last Christmas
Sawyer Squeeze is $18.97 on Amazon

Mojo
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Mojo
1 year 8 months ago
1+ I personally like the Sawyer squeeze water filtration system, guaranteed to filter 1 million gallons of water, weighs in at 3 ounces, filters through a 0.1 micron absolute filter removing 99.99999% of all bacteria and 99.9999% of all protozoa, claiming to have the highest filtration rate available. And here in Pa. it cost me at Walmart $29.95 and I think it works great. I’ve been using mine since may 2013 and I take it fishing to drink water from the lake. They also have a smaller one that will connect to a camelback resevoir and filters 100,000 gallons for… Read more »
MichaelSee
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MichaelSee
3 years 7 months ago
0 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… Read more »
Patriot374
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Patriot374
1 year 8 months ago
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The bracelet is attached to the water bottle.

j hester
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j hester
3 years 7 months ago
1+ 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… Read more »
ron
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ron
3 years 3 months ago
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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.

John C
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John C
1 year 8 months ago
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Depending on your occupation, you may wear body armor daily, while working.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
1 year 8 months ago
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I can’t believe you would suggest using Vaseline on your skin and mouth. It’s basically gasoline. Why would anyone want to rub gasoline on their skin and mouth? Coconut oil would be a much safer choice as it can be used for both fuel and skin care.

Gail Feddern
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Gail Feddern
1 year 8 months ago
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You can also eat coconut oil, and cook with it, too. Yes, I agree with you, coconut oil is a better choice, unless you need to waterproof something.

Joy Taylor
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Joy Taylor
1 year 8 months ago
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I would just like to thank Above Average Joe and the survival sites. I have learned so much it’s unbelievable, and still wanting more.

Michael
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Michael
1 year 8 months ago
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The MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter works great. Cost is around 82.00 US but will screw onto most water bottles. It filters 1 liter per minute, one filter cleans 500 liters of water. This is the filter that special forces has used. I have one and it works great and easy to clean.

Tim Adams
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Tim Adams
1 year 8 months ago
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This is an amazing idea to have in any emergency! Being prior military as well as a Desert Storm Veteran, you never know when an emergency can take place. I love these emails you send out and tips for survival.

Keep up the great work, it is greatly appreciated…

Tim

Noreen
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1 year 8 months ago
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Why not keep an extra tin actually containing mints in your desk for the occasional coworker who wants one.

Biff
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Biff
1 year 8 months ago
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Let people buy their own mints…. dang moochers.

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