Like most things, developing your top EDC kit isn’t a competition and isn’t about who carries the coolest toys. This is about being mindful of your needs and capabilities, and ensuring that when disaster strikes you have the tools available to you that you would want to have in such an emergency. If you haven’t already, take some time to think about what the top EDC kit would look like to you.
Here’s what I carry in my EDC:
Navy SEAL EDC
- iPhone 6 + Spigen Case
- Bose SoundTrue Headphones w/mic
- Emerson Commander
- Bobby Pin
- zZz IWB Custom Holster
- Handmade Wallet from my friend Gregoire Texier with small amount of cash, credit card and ID
- ITS EDC Med Kit (with cover)
- Handcuff Key
- Challenge coin for one of my fallen Brothers and BUDS classmate
- Glock 26 + Extra Magazine (with extensions) and Talon Grips
- Keys to my Honda Odyssey (Yes, that’s correct…I drive a minivan)
- Surefire E2D LED Defender Flashlight
- MTM|Special OPS Silencer Watch
- Glasses. Can’t read or see my front sight without them!
What Does Survival Mean to You? (Your Best EDC Kit)
This is what works for me and what I feel I need in my personal EDC. For some people, survival might mean stopping someone from bringing harm to themselves or those they love, while for others it might just mean never running out of money for Starbucks or never missing the perfect picture opportunity.
Although it’s great to check out what other people are carrying around with them in their daily carry, don’t try to get into a competition or think that one daily carry kit is better than another.
Like I said, what a bodyguard carries with them might not be the same essentials as a professional photographer. Your personal top EDC kit will depend on who you are, your skills, and what you value. Checking out what others carry in their everyday carry is a good way to assess what you carry and see if maybe an item someone is carrying with them might be useful to you, but not everyone needs an EDC kit. My EDC kit is not intended as an instructional guide, it’s just a little information I’m sharing about myself.
Navy Seal Concealed Carry (Navy SEAL EDC Vs. Your Best EDC Kit)
I do think it’s important to continually assess what you need to have with you and have different navy seal concealed carry for traveling to different locations, using different modes of transportation, or traveling for different durations. Knowing that the best daily carry is really your personal top EDC kit, it stands to reason that you might modify that kit to fit the situation or the journey. The top EDC kit to have on foot is surely a bit different from what you might put in your car’s Top EDC kit.
So, what does a EDC kit have in it? Like I said, this is just my personal top EDC kit — not what every EDC kit has in it, or even any other Navy SEAL, might carry. I listed the items and provided links if you’re interested in checking them out for your own kit. There are a few other items I carry, but I am keeping them out of public view for OPSEC reasons, and I recommend you do the same.
What is an EDC Kit? (Clean-Up Shot)
The reason the two items didn’t make it into my pictures was that one was on my wrist and the other on my face…watch and glasses — brain fart…I forgot. It’s important to know what is an EDC kit have because not every item on your list or mine will sound like a survival item. You might not think about your keys, blistex or tic tacs as a top EDC kit item, but if you carry them with you each day, that makes them your EDC. Likewise, a bobby pin might not seem like a life-saving item, but I know from personal experience that they come in handy in a variety of situations, and I would hate to be without one when the time comes. My personal Navy SEAL EDC wouldn’t be complete without one.
Whoever you are and whatever you do, I recommend taking some time to consider what a personal top EDC kit would look like for you and assess if you are comfortable with the tools you have on you to operate in an emergency situation. If you immediately thought of a tool you have at home, but not with you that would serve you in a disaster scenario, consider adding that item to your everyday carry.
The best EDC kit is one where the usefulness of the items is considered, along with how much room they take up. My bobby pin is a perfect example. It might not be useful that often, but because of how small it is, a bobby pin asks for very little cost in comparison to potential benefit.
Another example is a canvas tent. While in some disaster situations a tent would be very useful, most of us do not carry a tent on our backs every time we go to the grocery store. The potential benefit is outweighed by the cost of carrying such a large item. In my EDC kit, I value the small size and weight of my items. However, if you live in an isolated area with heavy snowfall, you might absolutely keep a tent in the trunk of your car when making a potentially hazardous trip to the city. In that case, and for you, the benefit of the tent might outweigh the cost. Developing your personal top EDC kit is about evaluating the cost-benefit of every item.
I also have a purse…I mean MAN BAG that I always have with me when I leave the house. Along with containing my EDC, there are a ton of other items I keep in there, but that’s the subject of a future post.
Post a picture of your personal top EDC kit in the comments or let me know if you have any questions about my Navy SEAL EDC kit.