Guest post by Magi who blogs at Half Acre Heaven.
When I first started noticing articles about EDC (every day carry) kits I thought it sounded a little over-the-top, and frankly, pretty geeky. Seriously, I already have bug in and bug out gear, and a vehicle emergency kit which doubles as a get-home bag. This is all in addition to the abundance of clutter that lives in my car, which I’ve called into service in many a pinch. Do I really need another entire kit of preparedness supplies on my person every day? I was pretty sure, that this was one area of preparedness which separated the prudent among us from the paranoid, so I never even bothered to read the articles.
Then, one night I fell down the YouTube preparedness rabbit hole, and what I found was shocking indeed.
As it turned out, I already carried many of the items found in the average EDC, only I didn’t have them organized and I just called it my Giant Mom Purse. When I realized I was an Every Day Carrier, I figured I might as well evaluate and organize the stuff in my Giant Mom Purse, so that I could more efficiently use it when necessary.
I started by organizing items in the pockets of my purse, but quickly realized that things fall out, shuffle, and sink into the abyss, where they are promptly coated in melted crayon and dirt, or in the case of my multi-tool, jammed with loose coins. I decided to try a quart size freezer bag. It works beautifully for keeping my items visible, organized and accessible, while still tucking neatly into my Giant Mom Purse. It’s also easily transferred to a backpack or a different purse.
While many items are universal, everyone’s EDC will look a little different. Some of my EDCs are things I got in the habit of carrying during my former job as a Fish and Wildlife tech, and are quite survival oriented, while others are related to motherhood, and lady-business. Inside my quart bag you will find:
A Multi-tool, which is used so often that sometimes it lives in the front zip of my purse, but it fits in the bag. A lighter, which sees most of it‘s action lighting kids birthday candles, or when co-workers have a thread hanging from a blouse, but I suppose one could use it for, oh say, making a survival fire.
A single use emergency blanket, which can also be used as a short-term shelter, or a signaling device. It should be noted that the single use variety do have a shelf life. If you’ve had yours for a couple years, I recommend opening it to see if the Mylar is coming away from the plastic sheeting, and replacing it if necessary.
Two light sticks. I’ve used these for everything from keeping track of kids at a night time sledding party, to lighting the inside of a port-o-let, when a party outlasted the daylight. These also have a shelf life, especially if they freeze and thaw in your car. We grab a few of these every time we visit the hardware or sporting goods store, and we use them often.
A small first aid kit which contains the typical band-aids, swabs, and ointments as well as pain relievers, antihistamines, mole skin, tweezers, nail scissors and a sewing needle.
Two Granola bars, intended as emergency rations, but often eaten and replaced in an effort to avoid a fast food stop for kids. I usually try to plan ahead to prevent them being used this way, but motherhood is a messy business, and sometimes you just need to put something in your baby‘s belly.
Tampons, which can be handy in their intended capacity, or as fire-starting tinder, and for some limited first aid applications. Dental Floss, which again, is multi-purpose. When you’re not using it to get popcorn out of your teeth, it can be great for securing your emergency blanket or mending a torn jacket.
Even with all of this, there is often room enough in the quart bag to tuck one or two more items in when I can anticipate a need.
You’ll notice I don’t carry a firearm in my purse. The reason for this is two-fold. First, I lack the practice and confidence to be effective with one. Second, while getting more training and practice is on my to-do list, I can‘t legally have a firearm at my workplace, so I won‘t carry it daily anyway. Even without a firearm, I do feel prepared for most challenges I’m likely to meet.
Why not take a look through your purse and see what you have hiding in there? I bet you’ll find you’re an Every Day Carrier too!
You can read more by Magi by visiting her blog, Half Acre Heaven.
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