“There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love.”-Charles Stanley
There ARE better things that you can get than what I have listed, but the EDC that I have outlined is supposed to give you some resiliency quickly and cheaply.
Every day you will go through a gallon of water. Your EDC is not based on any long term survival and must be small, but I would recommend having a couple water treatment tablets (Not the whole bottle) in your EDC. Having a small piece of Aluminum Foil could make an expedient cup. If the size is not a concern, go with having a Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System
For size we will not keep a full sized meal or a large all-inclusive fishing kit. Fish is a great food, so keeping some dental floss or small amount of fishing line on a small floss bobbin and a few fish hooks (which could be wrapped in aluminum foil) are a good way to go. Be sure to consider how sharp they are and cover the hook. You could also keep a small can opener in your EDC.
Fires are a huge advantage when you are in a survival situation. The first no-nonsense solution to this is to have a BIC disposable lighter, which is super cheap and reliable. You won’t add a lot of bulk if you decide to wrap a strip of duct tape around it for utilitarian purposes. An Everstryke Match would also be a decent option, as well as a small Ferro rod. If you choose any of these, I wouldn’t fault you.
You can’t keep a tent, tarp, or hammock in your EDC. This is to keep it small, so we can add a couple mylar space blankets to your EDC. These aren’t very durable, so once you use them, you will probably want to get new ones.
I know a lot of other people that will tell you not to join in the hype, but I am still a huge proponent of paracord. It is too versatile not to have. I do NOT like the typical paracord braided bracelets, because of how difficult they are to unwind, but if that is what it takes for you to keep it on you, then get it. If you want backup cordage, then, once again, fishing line on a sewing or dental floss bobbin.
If you have a digital watch, switch it over to an analog watch, so you can use it for navigation.
This one could get expensive. The cheaper thing to get is a basic pocket knife. There are many different knives that are pretty decent under $20. The S&W CK105H Extreme Ops Knife is usually less. If it wouldn’t bother you to carry something bigger, a good Gerber or Leatherman Multitool would be better.
Next, you need to consider a sidearm if it is legal in your state (and if it isn’t, then move to another state.) My personal preference is a 9mm or .40 cal. Good ones would be the Glock 19, S&W M&P, S&W M&PC, or Ruger LC9.
Keep a Handcuff Key, just in case. This one has a light as well and will take place of your keychain light.
I like to keep a pen for notes, or to leave notifications of my location when venturing out. Why not have one that is a pen, whistle, and weapon combination?
For large wounds, I like to keep a tourniquet in my Trauma Kit, and this is what I recommend due to the small size.
I would recommend keeping a few antihistamines in your EDC. Once again, not bottles, but a few pills. I also think keeping some pain killer tablets would help with aches and pains.
As I write tips for your adventures and hear about cool gear, I will let you know all about it!