"EDC" stands for "every day carry"-- this is the stuff you have on your body all the time, or at least every time you step out of your door.
For most people that means their cell phone, wallet, and keys. For a prepper, it means so much more.
You will carry what you need, depending on your situation. No one else can tell you what you "should" carry, although you should probably listen to their suggestions.
I carry an insane amount of stuff with me at all times. I've adjusted my EDC over the years, based on what I needed as well as what I didn't. I probably still carry too much, but I'd rather have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Again, adding to your skills can make some things unnecessary.
(here's a link to all my EDC posts on my public blog: http://blog.kentforliberty.com/search/label/EDC)
I wear a vest with 4 pockets on the outside and some pockets on the inside. I also have some pouches on my belt. These are filled with my EDC. Depending on the circumstances I also have a couple of different bags I can grab as I head out the door, but I don't count these as EDC because I might forget them. I only count what's on my body and can't be forgotten at home.
Some things I carry include a selection of knives and knife sharpening tools, a variety of firemaking helpers, a backup battery for my phone as well as chargers, USB cords, and adapters. I carry paper clips, a telescoping straw, note paper and a mechanical pencil. I have a collapsable metal cup, two hobo tools with forks and spoons, extra OTC medications, a bit of precious metal, some paracord, P38 can openers, a mirror, a Photon Microlight, and a Swisstech microtool. I also have a needle and some thread and safety pins, You get the idea.
You'll figure out what you need to carry depending on your circumstances. Make it a habit to EDC. Start today.
If you focus only on guns and ammo, you are not prepared. If you focus only on stockpiling food, you are not prepared. If your focus is too narrow on anything, you are not prepared.
Prepping means you are trying to be ready for whatever comes. You don't know if it will be a xombie apocalypse or just a supply chain collapse. You have to be ready for either one-- and both at the same time. You have to be ready for a failure of anything you need for survival, without regard to "why"-- just that it is happening.
You can't foresee everything that might cause there to be no food available to buy, but you can do things to make sure you'll be OK. You can't predict what might cause hordes of predatory creatures to swarm your property, but you can be ready to defend against them, whoever and whyever they are there. You can't know for sure why there's no electricity in the grid, but you can make sure it's not a problem for you.
Prepping is the responsible thing to do. If you are prepared you ...
You don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your hiking companion.
Yeah, that's a cynical way to look at it, but there's truth in it.
With prepping (in the event of TEOTWAWKI), you may not have to survive on your preps until you are 90 years old, just outlast those who didn't prep. Once they die off, survival may get easier.
I know-- it would be great if you were able to keep everyone alive into the distant future. But that's just not going to be possible, is it?
Once the marauders and beggars have Darwinized themselves out of the population, it will be easier to grow your own food. You'll only have to worry about deer and raccoons, not Naked Apes (which is a really good book by Desmond Morris, by the way).
So, while it would be nice to have preps to last until you die of old age, and be self-sufficiently growing your own food, making your own soap and cloth (or buckskin), realistically, at least have enough to outlast those who would be the biggest threat to your ...
I've been doing something non-prepping this past week. Maybe even anti-prepping, as in it may be a step backward.
I rescued a kitten who found me along my morning walk. He was about 5 weeks old, sick and starving, and was barely able to come toward me. I couldn't ignore his cries for help.
So I've been spending money I don't have to spare-- and just about all my spare time and energy-- bringing him back.
And it's working.
He's still got a respiratory infection and eye infections, but I've got him on antibiotics and he's improving. He's eating and playing really well. No longer is he skin and bones; I can pet him without feeling every vertebra and rib.
Sometimes you've got to do the right thing even if it's not smart.
If anyone wants to chip in for kitten medicines and food, you can find ways on the side bar of my main blog: https://blog.kentforliberty.com/2021/08/kitten-update-2.html