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Selecting a Great EDC Bag

Selecting a Great Every Day Carry (EDC) Bag

All of us have things that we carry with us every day and usually everywhere we go. These items are referred to as every day carry (EDC) items by most everyone in the preparedness community. Some are items that get used many times a day while others are there “just in case.” Regardless of why they are there, we carry them with us on a daily basis because they are important to us. These could be items that ensure security, have sentimental value, or feed a habit; either way they are valuable items to have and it is ideal to have a place to keep them. This is especially true if they are handily kept in an EDC bag that can be grabbed on the run.


Things To Look For

Not all bags are created equal. When deciding on an EDC bag, look for one that will fit your appearance and lifestyle. Your EDC bag should be a reflection of you which will help prevent you from standing out. You don’t want someone looking at you as if you don’t belong. Other considerations should include the color and materials and how they match up with your needs. While all of these qualities are important, perhaps the most important factor is the type of bag and what is comfortable and practical.

Types of EDC Bags

There are many styles of bags. Below are listed some of the most common styles of bags to be used as EDC bags along with some examples of those specific styles.

Over The Shoulder Bags/MURSE (Man Purse)

Just to be clear from the beginning, I can call them Murse’s because I have a couple so I can get away with calling them that. They are very useful to have. In fact, I have found that this is often the best way for me to carry a pistol on long trips. I don’t want to ride for hours across three states with a pistol on my hip so I just put it in my “man bag,” as my wife calls it, and then it is still accessible and if I need to get out of the car, I just take my EDC bag (including my pistol) with me.

Evac Plan-B Sling Pack by Hazard 4

S.O. Tech Mission Go Bag

S.O. Tech Sling Go Bag

5.11 PUSH Pack

5.11 RUSH MOAB 6

5.11 2-Banger Bag

5.11 4-Banger Bag

5.11 Tactical COVRT Zone Assault Pack

Maxpedition Mongo Versipack

Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack

Maxpedition Neatfreak Organizer

Voodoo Tactical 3-Way Deployment Bag


A backpack is the universal container to use when traveling. It doesn’t matter if you are camping, going to school, work, or the gym, taking a trip, or just getting from one point to another; a backpack can do it all. One of the best qualities about a standard backpack is that it will not draw any additional attention to it because we are so used to seeing them. This makes it ideal as an EDC bag.

Kelty Watts Backpack

Kelty Redtail 27 Backpack

Kelty Redtail 27 Backpack

Eberlestock X4 HiSpeed Pack

5.11 Rush 12 Back Pack

ARCTERYX Military MARPAT Assault Pack

Eagle Industries 3 Day Assault Pack


I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that based on my observations, women usually carry a purse with them. This is a huge bonus when it comes to EDC items because it does not draw any attention like a man carrying a purse would. Without any extra attention you can carry what you want, where you want (for the most part). There are always exceptions aren’t there?

Concealed Carry Purse – Black Leather

Brown Leather Concealed Carry Purse w/ Slash Resistant Handle

Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Carry Flat Sac

GTM Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Carry Raven Shoulder Pouch

Don’t like the style of concealed handgun purses? You can also turn your favorite purse into a purse capable of carrying a concealed handgun using a Concealed Carry Purse Holster.


Not everyone carries a briefcase but for those that do, it can be very convenient if that briefcase can serve more than one purpose. One of the most popular features in an EDC bag is an area to keep a concealed handgun. All of these briefcases offer the ability to carry the usual briefcase fodder as well as a concealed handgun and other EDC items:

Smith & Wesson Off-Duty Satchel

5.11 Side Trip Briefcase

Uncle Mike’s Tactical Briefcase

Maxpedition Operator Tactical Attache

Messenger Bags

Like a briefcase, a messenger bag can provide a way for EDC items to be carried in addition to items like books or paperwork that are needed for work or school. One advantage to a messenger bag is the fact that they typically ride a little more comfortable across the body. It worked for Jack Bauer didn’t it?

5.11 Rush Delivery Messenger Bag

Hazard 4 Defense Messenger Bag

Maxpedition Gleneagle Messenger Bag

BLACKHAWK! Covert Carry Messenger Bag

Bail Out Bags/Range Bags

I lumped these two bags together because in many cases they have similar qualities and features while also being capable of performing most of the same functions. I like that most of them feature several pockets for organization. What can I say? I’m a bag man (of the non-criminal persuasion I might add).

5.11 Bail Out Bag

Smith and Wesson M&P Edge Bail Out Bag

CONDOR Tactical Response Bag

Smith and Wesson M&P Pro Series Tactical Range Bag

Lumbar Packs

Super versatile and comfortable to walk long distances with, a lumbar pack is a good option for someone who does not want a bag with a shoulder strap. If you are planning on doing a lot of walking with your EDC bag, a lumbar pack might be a great choice for you.

Mountainsmith Lumbar-Recycled Series Tour TLS R

Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack

The North Face Mountain Lumbar Pack

ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Pack

Mountainsmith Daylight Lumbar Pack

Tenzing TZ 720 Lumbar Pack

Of course, if money is not a limiting factor for you, you can always look into some of the more expensive options out there. If I could buy any bag in the world without having to worry about the cost, I think I would choose the X-Ray Tactical Pack from Kifaru. At this stage in my life, I can’t justify spending over $400 on a bag though so I will just have to do without. But if I ever have more money than I know what to do with, I am going to make the X-Ray my newest EDC bag.

I hope that you got some ideas for potential EDC bags. I’d love to hear what you use for your EDC items. If you feel like sharing, leave a comment or send me an email at

In The Pockets of Tom Linden

One of the greatest aspects of being a prepper is that it is not something that is limited to one area of the country or even one area of the globe. While we are labeled as “crazed lunatics” or “insane conspiracy theorists” we are not alone. Strength should be gleaned from this fact. Today I have the pleasure of sharing a take on survival from a fellow prepper from “across the pond,” Tom Linden of Tom Linden Survival and the UK Preppers Radio Network. Not only was he willing to answer a couple of questions about hit take on survival but he also gives us an extensive look into his everyday carry (EDC) items.

Q: If you were limited to only one firearm for survival, what firearm would you own?

A: A Remington 12 Gauge Shotgun.

Q: What do you think the single most overlooked prep is?

A: Knowledge

Q: What do you think the first thing to disappear following a disaster will be?

A: Society and emergency service back up.

Q: If you could have a retreat anywhere in the world, where would it be and what features would it have?

A: It would it be in Northern Scotland. I would live in a small cottage by the sea with my own vegetable patch and livestock.

Q: In your opinion, what is the best commercially produced survival food on the market today?

A: MX3 meals, they all taste fantastic.

Q: What was the last book that you read?

A: The SAS Survival Manual

Q: What is the one thing that you would miss the most if an EMP shifted your lifestyle back to the 1800’s?

A: Modern Communications

Q: If you were to get stuck on an island, who is the one person that you would choose to survive with?

A: I would pick my wife as my survival parter.

Q: What kind of vehicle do you drive?

A: A 2011 Nissan Note 1.4 Liter

Q: What are the items that you have on your person at all times?

A: Firstly, on my left wrist I have my Timex Expedition E-Instruments Compass Tide and Temp Chronograph Watch, model T45601. It is waterproof to 100 meters or, in old money, 333ft. On my right wrist I wear my 550 paracord bracelet from

Depending on what I am wearing, I could have my Black Hawk web duty belt with the True Utility multi-tool +lite and a StoppaRed marker spray on it which I carry whatever belt I have on.

On my key ring I have the EDC steel tools including a mini lighter and on my feet, a pair of Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots which are completely waterproof and offer total protection and comfort.

In my wallet is a Tool Logic Survival 11 credit card.

In my personal planner is a Matthew Martin Tactical Pen.

On my back or in the car with me I carry the 1 Person BASIC Backpack Survival Kit from moreprepared .com supplemented, as it is designed to be, by additional kit to make it what I call complete. In the kit is:

  • A UK motorway map and two local OS maps.
  • A Purificup
  • Elzeta ZFL Tactical Torch
  • A SOL Bivy Bag
  • The Solo Stove with cotton wool and Vaseline balls stored inside.
  • A Nano Fire Starter
  • i-Shields
  • My own survival meals, tea, and 3-in-1 Nescafe coffee sachets.
  • Toilet Roll

I would like to thank Tom for sharing a little bit about his take on survival and what a “prepper’s” EDC kit might look like. Make sure to check out his radio show on the UK Preppers Radio Network. Tom can also be followed on Twitter, @tomlinden0.

11 Uses For A Survival Bracelet – Guest Post

We all have items that we won’t leave behind no matter where we go; cell phones, a watch, glasses, or even a piece of jewelry. If there is something that you are going to always have, it might as well be something that could be useful. Survival bracelets are amazing tools that will come in handy during life or death situations. The paracord strands that compose the bracelet can range from about eight to twenty feet long when unwound. This extremely long length lends itself to a wide variety of functions that could easily save a life.

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Some of the functions  of a survival bracelet include:

1. Put Up A Shelter

One of the simplest ways of utilizing a survival bracelet is as rope for a shelter. When surviving in the wild, shelter from nature is a mandatory resource. The paracord can be unwound and used to tie together tree branches for a lean-to. Throw grass or a tarp over the structure for protection against rain. The strands can also be used to tie up a tarp for cover or even string up a hammock.

2. Catch Fish

Finding food is essential to survival in the wild. Unweave a strand of paracord and tie it to a hook in order to create a line to fish with. A bracelet could even be fashioned into a small net that can be used to trap fish.

3. Trap Dinner

While it may seem easier to catch fish in a net, the paracord may also be used as string for a snare trap. Snare traps act as a noose that can tie down small animals. Just like the fishing idea, a net can be created to trap small animals as well.

4. Start A Fire

Starting a fire with a survival bracelet requires patience. However, fire is an essential resource for cooking food, staying warm, creating a signal, and first aid. The internal strings of paracord make sufficient bowstrings for creating the friction needed to start a fire.

5. First Aid

A means of first aid is crucial to staying alive for everyone. Cuts or serious injuries can occur at any time. While nothing can replace a good first aid kit, having the survival bracelet handy can help stop bleeding as a last resort when used as a tourniquet. In an extreme set of circumstances, an inner strand from the cord of the survival bracelet could be used to suture a wound shut.

6. Leave Breadcrumbs On The Trail

Getting lost in the woods is the downfall of many hikers. Nothing would be worse than walking around days at a time, coming back to the same spot, and not knowing you have already been there. A strand of the cord can be tied around a tree trunk in order to leave a marked trail.

7. Gear Repair

The thin strings also work as sewing strings. When in the wild, sharp objects tend to penetrate the fabric material of items such as backpacks or tent covers. Unwind one of the thinnest strings and fix a rip. This same repair can be applied to clothing.

8. Pack A Knife

The bracelet does not always have to be used for the string. In some cases, the bracelet can be used to store items. Certain bracelets actually keep small knives woven into them. A small knife is a massive advantage in the wild.

9. Teeth Hygiene

The survival bracelet can also be used for dental hygiene. The smallest strings are about the same size as dental floss. Proper hygiene should not be ignored just because you are in the wilderness.

10. Shoe Repair

If walking around for weeks in the forest, you may need an extra shoelace. Furthermore, if a shoe sole begins to fall off, the bracelet cord can be used as tie to hold the entire thing together.

11. Home Security

Sometimes protecting your home is necessary. In the event of a break-in, the string could be used to tie a door shut in order to slow entry. However, you may wish to invest in a home security system that will scare away intruders. Finding a system is easy at a place such as Select Home Security.

These are some of the many uses of a survival bracelet. Like anything that is part of emergency or disaster preparedness, a survival bracelet is not a solution for many things alone but it can be a great stop gap and is an integral part of an overall plan.

EDC Fire Starting Options

Fire is one of the basic needs for survival. Whether used to stay warm, cook food, provide a light source, or ward off pests, fire can be the difference between life and death. Because fire can be started with a variety of small and lightweight elements, a fire starting method should be included as part of your every day carry (EDC) items and a minimum of two fire starting methods should be included in survival kits, get home bags, bug out bags, etc. The ideal fire starter for every day carry should be small, light weight, and sturdy enough to withstand extended periods of time in a pocket or bag. My top selections for EDC fire starting options are as follows in order from least preferred to most preferred:

4. Magnifying Glass – A magnifying glass can be a good option for starting a fire and there are a few different options when it comes to magnifying glasses; there is the traditional round and thick shape but a better option for every day carry is going to be the flat credit card style of magnifying glass. Starting a fire with a magnifying glass relies on using the magnification to focus a bright light into a fine point that produces fire through heat. Because of this, the single greatest disadvantage to choosing a magnifying glass is the need for sun light. With sun light not always being available in all areas, it comes in at number four on the list.

3. Matches – When it comes to matches, strike anywhere is the way to go. Unfortunately, the availability of strike anywhere matches has significantly decreased in the United States. If obtaining strike anywhere matches is a challenge, try to make your own. It is also beneficial to carry waterproof matches if that is your choice. A sturdy container will protect matches from damage and environmental threats such as moisture. There a purpose-built containers for matches but repurposing a prescription pill bottle or even a clean spice container can be just as suitable. Because of the bulk and each match being typically limited to starting one fire, it comes in at number three on my list.

2. Fire Steel – A fire steel is an awesome choice for a fire starter because it is durable, lightweight, and functions in all types of weather. It is a less reliable option overall because of the fact that it can provide a spark but needs to be paired with a fuel source to start a fire. The fire steel finds itself at number two on the list as a result of the effort needed to produce a fire and the fact that a fuel source is required as well.

1. Lighter – A good old-fashioned Bic style of lighter is often the weapon of choice for starting a fire. With the exception of interference from wind, a lighter will usually successfully produce a flame in most conditions. The placement of a lighter as the first choice in EDC fire starting is based on the fact that it is lightweight, durable, versatile, affordable, and packages a spark and fuel source together.

When deciding what goes into your pockets, purses, and preparedness kits…fire will always have a place. What will you carry?

Pack A Kit And Save A Life

There is a new article up on Personal Liberty Digest that I authored about blow out kits. The article covers what a blow out kit (BOK) is, why you need one, and what to put in it. Check it out and if you have any suggestions or remarks please leave a comment. Click on the picture below to go straight to the article.

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