Every Day Carry (EDC) For The 'Unarmed'

March 19, 2018
The EDC is carried for the specific reason of being needed or potentially needed at some point in any given day.

Anyone who is attached to or participates in a lifestyle that involves carrying a weapon every day is familiar with the term “every day carry” or EDC. Most typically, that EDC involves a firearm and spare magazines, but does it have to? Absolutely not. The term EDC applies to anyone and everyone when you think about it. Still, is there a requirement of ALL every day carry setups? Absolutely yes. The EDC is carried for the specific reason of being needed or potentially needed at some point in any given day. For that reason it has to be utterly dependable and perform the intended function without fail. The more versatility you get out of any given item in the EDC, the more complete your EDC “kit” is. What is typical? Let’s think about it.

Almost everyone carries identification and some form of currency, so a wallet to hold driver’s license, credit cards, debit cards, cash, etc. is definitely on the list.

Ever since mobile phones got small enough to keep in a pocket (rather than in a satchel or briefcase), and the cost has become reasonable, nearly everyone over the age of six has one with them when they leave the house. The cell phone or “smart” phone is a strong piece of everyone’s EDC.

Keys are always on the list: house, car, office, etc.

After that?? Are things you wear part of your EDC? And what other functionality would you like to have?

Versatility and being able to deal with the unexpected are strong points to be considered. Obviously, the EDC caters to your lifestyle, job, outlook and more. A lawyer might come home and unload his pockets to put his wallet, checkbook, keys and lighter (because he smokes) on his bureau. There might be a pen or two there as well. His son, the police officer, comes home and empties out his sidearm, spare magazines, two knives, flashlight, badge wallet, belt badge… You get the idea.

In today’s world of preparedness EDC, it’s not uncommon to see things like personal trauma kits, multi-function flashlights and expanded function watches on the list. Most people completely understand the trauma kit. With active shooter events occurring in unexpected places at unexpected times, it behooves everyone (who thinks about it) to be prepared to stop their own bleeding. That means carrying a tourniquet and some kind of hemostatic agent (QuickClot or Rapid gause) and maybe a pressure bandage, gloves or Nasal Pharangeal Airway (NPA).

The multi-function flashlights are growing in popularity and include lights with programmable tailcap switches that allow for high output, low output and strobing or flashing functions. For most of us in most situations we need a flashlight we can turn on or off. We use them to see when the lights go out at the store or we’re trying to find something in our trunk after dark.

That all said, and where some other functionality is good to have, most of the time our use for EDC items is quite mundane. And when you consider what they are, which do you think you use most? Probably your phone and your watch… with wallet (currency expenditures) in third place. Use for phone is quite obvious. How many of us look at our watch for anything more than the time? Well, that depends on the watch and how capable / versatile it is.

The G-SHOCK MUDMASTER GG1000 offers you a greater versatility and level of usefulness than the typical watch. Gone are the days when a watch simply measures the passage of time and maybe is visible in the dark. The Mudmaster GG-1000 does that and far more.

First, it’s as rugged as you could want it to be. That’s important in a timepiece that you wear 24/7 and that has to survive everything you do. Highly shock resistant and water “proof” to a depth of 200 meters (660 feet – who’s diving that deep?), the watch should take anything that doesn’t break your wrist or arm and then some.

Second, it doesn’t just tell time. It incorporates a digital compass that displays 16 compass directions and measures a range from 0 to 359 degrees. Under some situations and truly ugly circumstances, having a functioning compass is invaluable. Having one that you don’t have to pack or carry, because it’s incorporated into your watch makes it even better.

Third, it measures surrounding temperature and displays it in Celsius or Fahrenheit in a range from -14F (-10C) ro 140F (60C). Sure, you might actually be someplace colder or hotter but no one wants to be.

Now, it doesn’t matter whether your EDC includes a weapon or not. It doesn’t matter if you have another device that claims it does any of that. It might… but not under the same circumstances and after taking equal abuse. If you can include a single item in your EDC that delivers such a variety of information, especially when such may impact your survivability, why wouldn’t you? For more information about this time piece, check it out online.

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