What You Have Is ALL You Get
Sometimes, you end up alone and all you have is what’s in your pockets. When you end up in such a situation, the equipment or items that you left in the vehicle or back at home are useless to you. They might as well not even exist other than to motivate you to get to them. There are items that you will need should disaster strike. The simple solution to making sure that you have all the items you need is to make a habit of carrying these items every day and everywhere you go. We refer to these items as an everyday carry or EDC kit. Our plan is to use an EDC kit to either get you home (to either stay or get your BOB) or to get you to your car (and it’s CAR KIT). By having a layered approach you cover more contingencies without lugging your BOB on your back 24/7. Mine may not be ON me every day but it’s always within reach.
•Here’s a quick list of some suggested items:
Waterproof Pouch – to carry your kit.
Leatherman Squirt multi tool
AAA LED flashlight – something that runs a long time on one battery and carry an extra battery too.
Space Blanket or similar
Paracord 550lb test probably 50 feet
Small Roll Duct Tape
Gerber Shard or Artifact
P-51 Can Opener
Small First Aid Kit
Ziplock Sandwich Bag to either protect things from moisture or to purify water in.
Water Purification Tablets
Mini Sharpie or Pencil and Paper to make notes or use as trail marking
Small Carabiners can be used as cinch points for shelter, or to lift a load with paracord
Cable Saw/Snare kit
Cash and Coins
Non Lube Condom (to store water)
1/3 Hacksaw Blade
Small Zip Ties
This kit should be about the size of a large cargo pocket. Find a pouch with a place for a carabiner on the outside, so you can clip it to a pack, purse, or belt loop. I also recommend a tiny keychain type LED light on the outside to use for looking into the kit in low/no light.