The Ultimate EDC Kit for Normal People

Have you noticed that most EDC kits include knives, guns or crap items that are either illegal in 99% of the civilized world or really unnecessary for normal, sane people? Maybe you just need to be prepared for minor uncomfortable situations and not disasters, zombie apocalypses, or mass shootings. Maybe it’s not about preparation at all, but simply for adding some comfort. Well, this guide is for you.

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One kit to rule them all

This EDC (Every Day Carry) kit was designed for small volume and weight, so it’s comfortable to carry in a laptop bag, messenger bag or woman’s purse. And the coolest part is that we’re talking about separate items so it’s 100% modular! Just add or remove things according to your needs. How awesome is this?

The heaviest part of this kit is liquids. Liquids in this kit should be placed in travel bottles and tubes (apart from water) or in case of some items like toothpaste, just use a tube that’s 4/5 empty from home. Just make sure you have enough for 2-3 uses but not too much to make your pack heavy. Same applies to volume. Keep it compact and light.

If we are talking about duct tape or reflective tape, don’t get the whole roll. Just roll 4-5 feet of each on your water bottle (if rigid) or use pieces of narrow PVC tube. Use your brain.

Also use grid organizers or various pouches to separate the categories, and waterproof or zip-lock bags where necessary. You shouldn’t need to dig through the whole kit to find a snack bar. If your backpack does not have a lot of pouches / pockets or if you are a lady using a purse, remember that grid organizers are your friend.

Grid organizer. Great for bags without a lot of pockets.
Grid organizer. Great for bags without a lot of pockets.

The kit contains items broken up into 5 categories:

  • Administration & Utilities
  • Hygiene
  • Food
  • Repair
  • Protection & First Aid

Unfortunately they do not make a cool anagram, but I’m going to work on that. For now let’s see each category’s items:

Administration & Utilities

Take notes, entertain yourself and assist other functionalities with the items listed here.

  • Waterproof notepad
  • Sharpie
  • Pen (x2)
  • Pencil
  • Zippo lighter + lighter fluid or 2x Bic lighters
  • Ear buds
  • Phone / tablet chargers & cables (extras, not your main ones)
  • LED Flashlight and rechargeable batteries (AA and AAA) in a nifty plastic case.
  • 2 Grimloc carabiners
  • Metal hook
  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Cloth grocery bag
  • Some printouts of sudoku / crosswords / whatever you like
  • Emergency money (at least $20)

Hygiene

Keep your mouth, hands, nose, pits and butt clean!

  • Gum
  • Baby wipes
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mouth wash
  • Toothpicks
  • Tissues
  • Toothpaste and travel toothbrush
  • Deodorant stick

Food (and water)

Thirsty? Check. Hungry? Check. Craving something salty or sweet? Check. Improve food flavor? Check. Boring date? Check!

  • Water bottle
  • Energy bars (2 different flavors) or trail mix
  • Candy
  • Saltines or other salty snack
  • Salt, pepper and sugar packs (2-3 of each)
  • Flask with booze of choice

Repair

They say that you can fix anything with WD-40 and duct tape. Add a multitool and a couple of other things in the mix and you are ready for 99% of repairs you might need to make.

  • Leatherman
  • 550 Paracord (10 feet should be enough) and knot printout
  • Zip-ties (assorted sizes)
  • Duct tape
  • Mini WD-40 bottle

Protection & First Aid

Protect yourself from rain, cold, the sun, insects, headaches, weakness (vitamins), small cuts and wounds (for anything bigger get a cab and go to a hospital), vehicles at night (reflective tape).

  • Mini umbrella
  • Bandana or keffiyeh
  • Chapstick
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Band-aids
  • Hemostatic
  • Antiseptic
  • Painkillers (I use paracetamol)
  • Multivitamins
  • Reflective tape
  • Small glow stick

Too much? Forgot something? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

One thought on “The Ultimate EDC Kit for Normal People”

  • Great kit, Teo. I’ve been putting together my EDC and wondering why people are obviously so afraid of zombies. I just want to be able to make it through a given travel day with a reasonable level of preparedness. For bagless carry while in a business suit, I’m trying to slim down to a basic kit based off a thin/short pocket knife, Gerber Shard, medicine, iPhone and travel toothbrush. 🙂

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