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Shane Talks and Shares His EDC (Every Day Carry) Kit

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What do you carry for your EDC (Every Day Carry)? Shane shares his EDC in this video/article, and may surprise you with his approach to the subject.

Hello everyone, this is Shane from Modern Warrior Project. Today, I want to talk about the concept of an everyday carry, or EDC, which often fascinates and divides our community. My approach might differ from what you typically see, which is why I’m excited to share it with you.

Understanding the Essentials of an EDC

EDC is about ensuring you have everything you need to handle daily challenges and unexpected situations without being weighed down.

My EDC Philosophy

Unlike many preppers or tactically minded individuals who might carry almost everything but the kitchen sink, my EDC is minimalistic. Why? Because effective prepping isn’t just about having things; it’s about being prepared mentally and strategically. A significant part of my preparedness strategy is based on situational awareness and utilizing planned advantages.

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Daily Life With Minimal EDC Impact

I aim to impact my daily life as little as possible while still being thoroughly prepared. This philosophy guides my choices on what makes it into my everyday kit – which is paired down to essentials, ideally incorporating things that have multiple purposes.

A Closer Look at My Personal Everyday Carry Kit

Let’s crack into what I carry on an average day and why.

The Essentials

  • Firearm: I almost always have a firearm on me, but the type and the holster might vary depending on my attire and the day’s needs. Although I often opt not to carry a reload, I ensure the firearm is sufficient for potential threats.
  • Knife: Always a staple in my EDC, I use my knife more as a tool than a weapon. It’s great for everyday tasks like opening packages. The knife I carry typically includes a seat belt cutter and a glass breaker—which adds layers of utility without extra bulk.
  • Flashlight: Compact yet powerful, a flashlight is invaluable if you find yourself in the dark unexpectedly. Its small size ensures it’s not a burden.
  • Smartphone with Multifunction Case: My smartphone does more than keep me connected; I use a case that also holds my essential cards and IDs, eliminating the need for a bulky wallet.
  • Car Keys with Bullet Keychain Lighter: My keys are pretty standard, but I add a bullet keychain that doubles as a lighter and provides a spark for emergency fire starting.
  • Money Clip Wallet: Compact yet capable of holding some cash and additional cards, simplifying my carry while covering most financial needs.

(Make sure and watch the video to see the full list of what I carry as I break it down all the way)

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Specialized Items

  • Fresnel Lens and Gum Wrapper: With minimal space, these items can help start a fire in emergency situations.
  • Lock Picking Tool and Bobby Pins: For the rare instances where I might need them, these tools are discreet yet useful.
  • Blank Check and Additional Emergency Items: Because you never know when traditional methods of payment might not suffice or when a unique situation arises.

What I Don’t Carry

I often get asked about specific items like multi-tools or larger gear. My response is always tailored to my principle of minimal but adequate preparation. For example, I find that I can generally use my knife or a key in place of a screwdriver, reducing redundancy in my kit.

Planned Advantages: A Strategy Beyond EDC

My EDC is just part of a broader preparedness approach I like to call “planned advantages.” This strategy extends beyond what I carry physically to what I have access to in various situations:

  • At Home: All essential resources and tools for extensive scenarios.
  • In My Vehicle: Kits that include everything I need for survival, tailored for mobility and immediacy.

Tailoring Your Kit for Different Contexts

It’s crucial to adapt your EDC based on the context. Whether I’m heading out for a casual day or preparing for a cross-country trip, the contents of my carry adjust accordingly. Here’s how I differentiate:

  • Normal Daily Activities: Streamlined and focused on mobility and essential tasks.
  • Travel or Extended Outings: Includes more robust preparations, appropriate for longer durations away from home or in unfamiliar settings.

Concluding Thoughts

My EDC might seem light to some, especially within the prepper or tactical communities. It’s all about balancing readiness with practicality. I’ve found this balance works best for me, allowing me to stay prepared without being encumbered.

I’d love to hear about your EDC. What do you carry daily, and why? What items do you consider essential, and which can you do without? Your feedback not only helps me reflect on my choices but can also provide valuable insights for adjustments and improvements.

Thanks for joining me in this exploration of everyday preparedness and EDC. Stay ready, stay light, and keep adapting.

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