Reader Pics of EDC Survival Kits

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OhioPrepper’s EDC Kit

OhioPrepper EDC Kit

OhioPrepper EDC Kit


From upper left & across – Space blanket (2), Hand warmers (2), N95 dust mask (2), Extra sunglasses (2) The cheap plastic ones free from your eye doctor, Camillus Heat Rescue Knife, CPR Shield, First aid kit (mostly antiseptic & Band-Aids / butterflies), Rubber gloves (2), Lip balm, 9 LED Flashlight, Firearm in paddle holster, Spare magazines, TOOL Logic SL Pro 2, Lensatic compass, Fire steel & dryer lint, Butane lighter, Sunglasses (Rx), 2x, 3x, 6x magnifier, TOOL Logic Credit Card Companion, Traditional wallet, Key ring tethered to pocket with keys, Res-Q-Me, & Swiss-Tech Utili-Key, Light sticks (2) – 2 for $1.00 @ Dollar Tree, Equal & Splenda Tablets, Tic-Tac & Slim Jims, Buck Whittaker Metro Knife, Outdoor edge locking blade knife, Duluth Trading Ball Cap Ear Bands. 

Not pictured: glasses, magnifier, voice recorder & cell phone in holster, I need to vacuum seal most of the stuff in baggies and I’m debating on water packets & some of those Gatorade or crystal light singles packets for 1 liter bottle of water. 

Kevin’s EDC Bag

EDC bag pic one

Kevin H EDC bag pic one


EDC bag pic two

EDC bag pic two


Not really inconspicuous but quite serviceable. Been carrying a pack over 40 years for different reasons and this is the latest incarnation. 

I started carrying a pack as a teen because I didn’t have a car and walked or hitched everywhere (long time ago). Then every car I had were junkers that I tried to keep going but sometimes ended up walking. Drove truck for a while and needed to carry gear with me. Now it’s what I’ve found needful or as times have changed, expect to need at some time. Of course there’s day to day stuff, but this is what is always included. Weighs app 12lbs w/o water. Perhaps overkill for a city dweller, but I wasn’t always such. 

All this goes into the bag: Poncho, bandana, 50ft paracord, First aid supplies, water purification tabs etc, Lighter, matches and fire striker, Flashlights, Multi-tools, Local maps, Boonie hat, convertible neck gator, wool gloves, Food bars (short and long-term), Side pocket will carry 32oz bottle, Spare glasses w/cleaning supplies, Whistle/match container, Small container of dental floss, Store bought survival kit with compass, fish hooks, band-aids etc., Mini speaker for Ipod, small mp3 player with fm radio, Spare batteries, Clipped to bag: CRKT Spork tool, digital watch with digital compass, thermometer. 

Judith’s Keychain EDC Kit

EDC survival kit

Judith's EDC survival kit


Keychain has a flashlight, mini leatherman, mini redcross knife, whistle, pill holder, firestarter. Cell phone in the other pocket. 

Rey’s EDC Bag

Ray's EDC Kit

Ray's EDC Kit


My EDC during a recent trip. You can tell by the cheesy hotel bed cover. 

Glennis’s Purse EDC kit

Everyday carry survival kit

Purse EDC kit


Us gals have it easy as our everyday carry is our purse.  In my shoulder bag I have the wallet, calculator, cell phone with car charger (my phone is used infrequently), fleece gloves, a bag of “64 dimes, butterscotch candies, moist wipes, mirror, scissors, Band-Aids, Tylenol, lip balm, tweezers, nail file and clippers, tape measure , Bic lighter, prescription meds, sewing kit, mini multi tool, mini LED light and small pocket knife on the large safety-pin key chain.  There is also a small container of dental floss and several smaller safety pins that you can’t see in the photo. 

Matt in Oklahomas’s Kit

Matt's EDC kit


I have also added more food since the pics with heater meals and Mountain House. BOB-Military Large framed Ruck an old friend I carried for a long time in many a place. It still has some room left after the GMHB for ammo and additional cold weather gear if needed. It extends me to 3-5 days on foot. It holds my GMHB along with these items: Zip lock with 550 cord, zip ties, duct tape, military trip wire and peeln stick od green clothing repair patches, Extra boots wrapped in plastic trash bag, Extra set of camo clothing and work gloves in zip lock, zip lock with emergency fishing kit, wire saw, firestarter and watertight container with lint and vasoline, Hygiene kit, Diamond knife sharpener and stone, Steel carabiner, Bottled water, ensure, tuna, Military canteen cup and stand and firestarter tender pack, orange marker tape, Aquamire water purification tablets, emergency poncho bright color yellow (in case I need to be seen), clips that screw onto water bottles and replace the lids, Kershaw folder knife, CRKT neck knife, Machete which I had 1 in each bag  so I replaced it with a fiskars lightweight hatchet since this picture, 100 oz Camelbak with 550 cord, Gortex Jacket and Pants,emergency tent.
Please keep in mind everyone that these bags are ever-expanding or changing and are “living” and never set in stone. I even made changes when I took these pics, did my inventory and cleaning after use.

Mtower’s Kits

EDC survival Vest

Burt EDC Vest


Bug out bag



GMHB Stays in my truck at all times unless it’s on my back. 

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  1. I guess I misunderstood. I thought it was what we had on us all the time not in our car or anything. Really some good kits.

    • By the way, I got to use my keychain flashlight one time when the lights went out at K-Mart and I was all the way in the back of the store. I was feeling pretty smug I have to say. You can’t believe how dark it gets in those big box stores.

    • Judith, I’d have to agree with you. To me, EDC means what you carry on you all the time, not the backpack you’ve got at work or in the car. ‘Carry’ being the operative word. Do you take it with you when you go in the store, church, restaurant, bathroom, etc. Just my 2 cents…

      • Yes…Almost everywhere.

        • Jack…I get what you’re saying and I don’t disagree. I do carry my bag everywhere, but sometimes leave it in the truck. Depends where I am. In those instances I do have the basics in my pockets. I really like the keyring kits. That’s a lot of stuff in a small area. I also like the vests and would like to hear more about the different types.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      I wear my vest everywhere, except maybe a funeral.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Actually I don’t wear it at home, but put it on, on the way out the door. At home I always have the two knives and the firearm, unless I’m in bed asleep. Then they are within easy reach.

      • OhioPrepper – I have been thinking of getting an EDC vest, it’s one thing you can wear almost anywhere. What vest do you have? Any recommendations? I’ve heard the 5.11 brand of vests described as a ‘shoot me first’ vest, since so many cops & security folks wear them.

        • OhioPrepper says:

          I’ve tried different ones and have the 5.11. It’s well built, and comfortable. It has enough pockets spread around that you can distribute the gear in it so it remains comfortable, without any undue pressure points or large lumps. As a concealment vest it moves rather easily when accessing your firearm from the side or hip. Additionally, it has space specifically built-in to accept some of the 5.11 holsters, so you can integrate the firearm into the vest. Several of the pockets are also designed to accept magazines.
          I’ve heard the same shoot me first rhetoric, but I don’t know how true it is. I wear an NRA ball cap most of the time (either plain or instructors cap) and I’ve been told the same thing about the hat. The same would go I suspect for any NRA or gun club logo hat, shirt or jacket. Anyone who thinks you are a LEO and shoots first instead of turning and leaving, was probably going to make it a bad day in any case.

        • Jack,

          I have a Nam era aviator’s vest, surplus, that has grunches of pockets/pouches built in. Superb for this purpose. One drawback is that since it is actual military equipage, it has a revolver holster built right into the front of the vest, with securing strap and snap. You’d be carrying openly with this vest and will draw lots of flack for that. Since I have a license to carry concealed, I don’t let the stares bother me; but, it is a consideration. What I like about this vest is that the back laces to the front on both sides under the armholes with a considerable length of parachute corde, AND the front is all mesh. All the pockets and pouches are sewn to the mesh, reinforced of course but truly nice and airy.

  2. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    “Bobs” kit is actually “Matt in Oklahomas” BOB Kit which the GMHB fits in and takes it from 2-3 days to 3-5 days.
    @ Judith I also submitted a EDC pic too with what I carry everyday.
    My EDC is Glock 26, Folding Knife, Pocket tool, Cree flashlight, bandanna, spare mag 115+p Remington 9mm, canopener, little sparkie and paracord keychain. How many zombies followed you and your light back to the front of the store? It always feels good to know you can handle the situation!
    This is all levels from just walking around to SHTF and everything in between.

  3. Nice to see everyones EDC kit. Good to see how everyone is a little different in what they carry. Great post M.D. . It would be cool to see another one on B.O.B.’s . Or eve do and EDC on what they have in their pockets on a daily basis.

  4. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    WOOHOO! It’s very cool to see photos of these EDC kits. The means of carry varies quite a bit, but the bottom line remains the same…getting yourself out of a dangerous situation. All right, that’s fun stuff to see. Thanks to everybody who sent MD the photos.

    Now I have to work on improving my own EDC based on what I’ve learned over the weekend. That will be a fun project.

  5. This is something that I need to work on. Basically I always have a flashlight and pocket knife on a key chain with me, in addition to the typical girl stuff in my purse (makeup etc) I can definitely improve by using my purse too though. You guys have given me some good ideas to improve my EDC. Thanks!

  6. Testing 1. 2. Testing.

  7. Rev.Chance says:

    EDC? not enough. I have a can opener on my keychain, a Bic lighter in my pocket, a three inch German made lock blade knife and 20ft. of jute twine, and last , I wear a Ka-Bar TDI LE mini around my neck. (Yes even at Church)My BOB will sustain me in an easier and more comfortable fashion but weighs in at ten Lbs. I like the vest idea!
    Take care.

  8. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    You know I pray that nothing ever happens but if it does I pray that if it does that some of you are around me. It would be a nice change not to be “the one” and be “one of the ones”! How strong would America be if we could get this to catch.!?

    • OhioPrepper says:

      My BOB, EDC and other tools are necessary. If you have any doubts, please read “On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs” By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman @
      Which are you?
      I attended his Bulletproof Mind seminar a little over a year ago, and it made me more determined than ever. I used to throw on the vest on the way out the door and occasionally my wife would ask, “Are you going to wear that thing to {which ever event}”? The answer was always YES, and she has since stopped asking.

  9. I love my iPhone but it’s posts like this with lots of pics that make me pine for my big screen home computer. 1 more week. 1 more week. 1 more week.

    • templar knight says:

      Hahaha….I got me a brand new desktop with a 21.8 in touchscreen. And it is fricking awesome! I sure hope you can wait a week. lol. Just kidding, I hope you enjoy your new computer as much as I’m enjoying this one.

  10. These are all excellent, thank you for sharing with the group.

    Judith, I think you hit it right with what you carry, nice to see you are prepared.

  11. axelsteve says:

    I keep most of my stuff in my lunchbox. I keep a schrade folding knife that is a buck 110 clone.I also keep a p38 and a sparkplug gapper. I also keep lunch.some pens and z cellphone personal and work cell.I keep tirechains jumper cables and a can of tire sperm.I also keep misc stuff depending on mood and what is going on with work. Also a flashlight and a couple of bottles of water. I also keep a craftsman screwdriver that is a multi driver kinda shaped like the pluggapper. Steve

  12. Tomthetinker says:

    ……… Methinks I’ll go the route of Judith. KISS

  13. Wow. I am surprised at how much stuff some people carry around. Quite frankly, I hadn’t considered “EDC” until I read about it here. I have a good start though because when I get dressed I go through this mental checklist: Keys, Cellphone, Knife, Wallet, Gun. The knife is a fairly small 2.5″ lockback from Gerber that clips inside the top of my right front pocket, and the gun changes with what I am wearing/where I am going. I will be thinking about what I should add to the checklist. One thing will probably be a multi-tool of some sort as I really miss the one I used to carry and probably a flashlight of some sort. These will probably be carried on my belt in a custom leather holster because I hand-sew my own leather and this would be a fun project.


  14. SrvivlSally says:

    In my opinion, all of you get a “thumb’s up” on your kits. 🙂

  15. After seeing these EDC kits, I think I’ll adapt my large concealed carry fanny pack into an EDC. It has plenty of pockets. Thanks for the ideas.

  16. dort-munder says:

    Great stuff folks! I’m learning from you all everyday! It looks like I’ll be adding to my keychain shortly.

  17. Hi Guy,

    These pix, EDC’s, were so helpful, I can’t believe it. Those are terrific lists, small actual packages, and easy carry items. Everybody, not just us, should be packing little pouches/over-the-shoulder bags filled with the necessities for getting through at least 24 hours, if not three days, of any, repeat, any emergency. Thanks to all of you who’ve submitted those pix.

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