While an everyday carry (EDC) primarily consists of what someone might carry in their pockets or on their person, one aspect often overlooked is an EDC bag. This can take many forms; sometimes it’s a purse or a bag loaded down with everything except the kitchen sink. But as I mentioned in my EDC, I like to be as fast and light as possible so I focus my bag and the things on my person around that mentality.
I do this because of how I think in a situation–whether its self-defense or something else: the longer you stick around, the more likely something else might happen. So I focus on things that serve multiple purposes and that will get the job done so I can get out quick.
This bag comes with me just about everywhere, from work to school to a hike with the dog, and while it changes with each situation, the core of its components stay the same.
For example, If I’m going on a small hike with my dog I’ll pack a light jacket and snacks for both him and me. If I’m going to work I’ll pack a jacket and a change of clothes.
I focus on things that serve multiple purposes and that will get the job done so I can get out quick.
Let’s start with the bag itself: a 5.11 Tactical Rush 12. I have both of its bigger brothers, the Rush 24 and 72 which serve different purposes. I used the 24 for about one semester at school and found that it didn’t suit me as an EDC bag.
On this particular day, I was packed up for a day of classes at college.
From bottom left to right:
- A water bottle. I have several that I change out. The one pictured is a Polar Bottle in the “Star Spangled” design.
- A multitool, an inexpensive option from Walmart
- Streamlight Strion
- Burt’s Bees Chapstick
- Two Sharpies
- A pen
- A mechanical pencil
- Adventure Medical Kits .9
- iPod Classic 160 GB
- Rite In The Rain notebook
- A deck of cards
There aren’t a lot of changes here from my previous EDC. My updated EDC, from left to right: