Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Virgilio Marin
An everyday carry (EDC) is an essential survival kit that all preppers will need for emergency situations. Sometimes conflated with a “get home” bag,” an EDC bag contains the items that are necessary to handle minor inconveniences, including problems you might encounter during the first several hours after SHTF.
It’s different from a bug-out bag (BOB), which is usually stored at a fixed location like your home or bug-out vehicle. An EDC bag is something you can keep nearby at all times. It’s usually meant to get you safely to your home or wherever your BOB is.
One important principle behind the best EDC bags is the “gray man” concept. A gray man is a person who does not draw attention to himself, who can move through a populous area without anyone taking special notice of him. When applied to an everyday carry, the gray man concept requires that an EDC bag is packed with the essentials without looking like a survival kit.
Here are the items you’ll need when prepping a gray man EDC bag: (h/t to UrbanSurvivalSite.com)
Take note that you don’t have to cram all of these items inside your EDC bag. Things like a pen and pocket knife can be kept in your pocket or holster. Also, allot space for items that are specific to your needs. If you have a medical condition, you’re likely taking medications. Don’t forget to add these to your kit. (Related: Survival medicine: How to stop bleeding injuries.)
An EDC bag equips you with the ability to properly respond to emergency situations, especially those that you might face the minute SHTF happens. Prep an EDC bag now and make sure it satisfies the gray man rule.
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