Outdoor EDC Kit




Introduction: Outdoor EDC Kit

A selection of items that could prove vital in an emergency, that packs down to 9 x 6 x 2 cm pouch, and weighs 100 grams.

Perfect for hiking, climbing, trail running, mountain biking, trekking, camping, canoeing etc....

Gaseous Tritium Light Source (basically a glow stick that glows for up to 10 years)
Mini compass with thermometer and wind chill chart
Signal Mirror
Double sided laminated morse code, and ground to air signals. (substitute anything more appropriate for you activity).
Folding, Locking knife
Water proof, zippo style lighter.

The kit is hardly a comprehensive survival kit, but contains a few items that anyone away from civilisation should carry!

The case was made from a canvas pencil case, although you could use whatever you have to hand.

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    Lo Tec
    Lo Tec

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi talon_guy -

    I'd love for you to check out my Altoid Survival Tin and provide some comments to improve it. Here's a link:


    Love the article,



    8 years ago on Introduction

    MY take on an "essentials"/EDC kit would start with the basics of:
    * a pocket knife,
    * a few metres/yards of mason's/builders twine (easier to pack down than paracord, where realistically paracord is "overkill" for most EDC/survival kits anyways..),
    * and a couple of metres of 2" wide strapping, surgical, Gaffa or duct tape (re-folded flat for easy packing..).

    I would then add items from the following categories to suit the job/trip/location you're heading off to ~
    * water - storage, treatment, purifier and/or filter to suit;
    * fire starting - lighter, striker and/or matches, (tinder maybe);
    * lighting - flashlight, headlamp and/or candle;
    * a small compass when off travelling or exploring ~ and a map when you don't know the area;
    * some first aid materials..
    ~ I could fit this stash into one or two pouches small enough [~ 4" x 5"] for going into pockets...

    OTHER "essentials" i would have on me would include ~
    * hat, sunglasses, (and take a jacket or coat if in hilly areas or changeable climates);
    * some snack food (e.g. fruit and muesli bars, trail mix, energy + protein bars..), if you will be more than a couple of hours away from civilisation;
    * sunscreen and insect repellant for those places when you know it's essential... THIS way all of my basics for "EDC", "the Ten essentials" and basic "common sense" dressing are covered when preparing to head out ! },

    AFTER this everything else (including your mobile/smart phones, security blanket, teddy bear, GPS, tablet..) is considered "nice to have" rather than essentials.      ;-P