Oops! I forgot to mention that this 'ible is dedicated to my friend - it was his idea to make this 'ible I just photographed it, chose the contents and wrote the instructions. I do carry some of the components, just not all of them.
"What's an 'EDC'?" you may ask.
EDC stands for E very D ay C arry, and hence the name, it's the stuff that you carry every day to be prepared for what life throws at you.
"But why do I need an EDC?
An EDC kit just makes life easier, whether it's day to day chores or having to sleep rough in a field, EDC makes it possible, or atleast a whole lot easyer.
Now come on! This EDC isn't going to make itself...
Step 1: The parts...
But I recommend starting out with these things then expanding from here to suit your needs/pocket size.
(* denotes optional but recomended)
Option #1, (based around Doug Ritter's Pocket Survival Pack.)
- 1x Pocket Survival Pack,
- 1x box of Swan Vesta matches (or equivilent strike anywhere),
- 1x small AAA torch (flashlight to all you people in america) or small keychain light,
- 1x small ziploc bag like these, link ,
- 1x roll of zinc oxide tape to wrap around a toothpick,
- some medium sized safety pins,
- rubber bands,
- Nurofen (ibuprofen), remember to cut it down (see image above),*
- Micropur water purification tablets (or equivilent), you only need two*
- a good quality knife, I like spyderco but any brand will do.
- some good thing nylon cord (but 550 paracord will work)*
Option #2, (not based around Doug Ritter's Pocket Survival Pack.)
Same as above but include:
- 1x small roll of Duck duct tape (wrap it round a cut down bic pen),
- 1x small roll of string,
- 1x Tinder Quick and Strike-lite kit from here ,
- 2x large safety pins,
- 1x loud whistle, preferably a Fox 40 Micro or a ACR Res-q.
Note: this is just a guideline kitlist, you can add more if you want, but remember this is to carry everyday so don't put too much in!
Step 2: "And God said let there be teeny but bright flashlights, and Fenix made them and they were good"
Whatever you choose make sure it's small enough to fit in a pocket and bright enough for what you need it for, also don't forget battery life.
For me a Fenix E05 is perfect as because i'm a geocacher throw isn't that important but it's wide angle lens really is useful for illuminating open spaces when searching for a cache at night. I highly recomend this little light.
For some though, the E05 is a little big, if you are one of these people I recommend one of the Photon lights especially the Photon Freedom.
A really good place to get these and similar torches is Heinnie Haynes they do fast delivery and great prices, you can't get better than these guys especially if you live in the uk.
Step 3: Knives...
Whatever knife you get make sure it's;
- legal in your area, if your unsure take a look at this wikipedia article, link,
- of good quality, cheap knives are too unreliable to be useful,
- sharp, blunt knives are more dangerous than sharp knives.
For me a Spyderco Ladybug Salt fits my needs perfectly, it's small, light, can't rust, razor sharp and a resonable price.
I also recommend either a Leatherman Micra or a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Jelly Classic.
Again Heinnie Haynes are the #1 place to get these from.
Step 4: Whistle while you work...
A whistle is one of the most important pieces of signaling equipment you can carry.
Apart from being a great tool in an emergency, it can also be used for general signaling.
It doesent really matter what whistle you choose but as allways i'll give my recomendations.
Either a Fox 40 Micro or it's older brother, the Fox 40 are your best option but an ACR Res-q is nearly as good.
You can get all of these whistles from Heinnie Haynes or Backpackinglight.com, Google them for more info.
Step 5: All together now...
( * denotes optional step)
- Roll some zinc oxide tap around a cut down toothpick to make it smaller (see picture on step 1)
- Put the duct tape, string, safety pins, Tinder Quick tabs and Strike-lite in the ziploc bag followed by the Micropur, Nurofen and zinc oxide tape.
- Slot in half a dozen matches and seal up the bag.
- Wrap the rubber bands around the ziploc bag, this makes the bag more grippy and means you allways have one to hand.
- Using the nylon cord form a loop with the torch and the whistle threaded on. Also a seperate loop attached to the knife will make it harder to loose and easyer to get out of your pocket.*
- This is the most important step.... Get outside and enjoy yourself, safe in the knowledge you'll allways be prepared!
I hope you enjoyed my instructable, if you have any questions send me a message or leave a comment below.
Step 6: But wait theres more...
I am putting a patch up for grabs for anybody who makes an EDC like mine. If you decide to do this, please feel free to post some pictures or if you have made an instructable and want to enter that, post a link in the comments or send me a message.
Have fun. Be safe. Make some cool stuff!