EDC Defense Gear Must Haves

EDC Defense Gear


Defense gear is an essential part of everyday carry.  Every day there is always the potential to face violence.  So it is imperative to have EDC defense gear.

In a previous post, we talked about the different layers of self-defense gear.  Those layers are best understood by using the acronym P.A.C.E. which stands for primary, alternate, contingency and emergency.  When it comes to self-defense it is not lawful to always use a handgun.  

In order to legally defend yourself, you will need to match your attackers level of escalation.  For example, if you are in a fist fight with an attacker you wouldn’t again be able to use your handgun.  In this post, I will be sharing my recommendations on EDC Defense Gear that can be used to match each level of escalation.

EDC Defense Gear Must Haves

Tactical Pen

The tactical pen is a really great tool to carry for EDC defense gear.  The reason being is because they are generally a non-lethal weapon that you can use to defend yourself.  It wouldn’t be ideal for extremely violent situations but will give you the opportunity to break free from an attacker or give you the opportunity to grab another tool from your EDC.

This tool won’t necessarily knock someone out but sure as shit get your attacker’s attention.  Especially if you use the UZI Tactical Defender as it is made of aircraft grade aluminum which is extremely strong.  This pen also comes with a glass breaker which is great for emergencies but is also helping when defending yourself.

I normally carry the UZI Tactical Defender in my shirt pocket so that I can quickly grab it in the case that I need it.  You could also clip it to your pants pocket.

Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is another great tool to have in your EDC.  Pepper spray will help you de-escalate a situation or give you the opportunity to flee from your attacker.  Of course, it wouldn’t be helpful if your attacker is on top of you.  You would need some distance or it becomes ineffective.

This again is a non-lethal form of self-defense.  Another drawback is that if you are shooting against the wind it makes it more challenging to spray your attacker’s face.  So I recommend practicing and get some training.

If you get pepper spray I recommend getting the pocket size that can clip to your pants pocket.  You could also attach it to your keychain.  However, I carry mine clipped onto my pockets so that I can quickly access it in the time of need.

Concealed Carry Firearm

The absolute last option for EDC defense gear is your concealed carry weapon.  Unfortunately, criminals don’t fight fair.  So there may come a time where you will have to use it.

If you have a CCW you don’t want to be the first person to escalate a situation by lethal means.  This is only lawful when you feel that you life’s in danger or facing extreme bodily harm.  You, of course, should follow your state’s laws.  I’m not a legal expert when it comes to self-defense law but I would recommend United States Concealed Carry Association who provides CCW legal insurance, advice and training.  It is important to understand what happens if you shoot someone in self defense.

On top of knowing your laws, you need to get some training with your concealed carry weapon.  Now when I mention training that doesn’t mean going to the shooting range to practice accuracy. Most attackers do not stay still.  They are moving aggressively.  So trying to protect yourself with a firearm will be an extremely fast and stressful situation.

Tactical Flashlight

People who are up to no good at night like to creep around in the dark shadows.  Having a tactical flashlight comes in really handy when you absolutely have no other choice but to walk in a dark area especially if that area is sketchy.  This will give you the ability to expose people who may be hiding or trying to catch you by surprise.

The flashlight is a helpful piece of EDC defense gear because it can temporarily blind an attacker giving you time to either escape or properly defend yourself.  It can be positioned for easy access like on a pocket clip.  You can also use it in conjunction with your handgun by using a gun light mount.

Other considerations:

Stun gun

I don’t personally carry a stun gun but know people that do.  In particular, women like to carry this item and I’ve heard that it can be helpful.  It would be a useful defense item to have in case that an attacker is on top of you or extremely close.  

However, stun guns are not always easily accessible because they are not typically worn with a holster on the waist.  Most people carry these in their bags or purses.  That isn’t an ideal if you are attacked by surprise.  You won’t have much time to open your bag and grab it.  Nonetheless, it is worth mentioning.


A baton is another item that can be used for self-defense.  I haven’t personally used one but have seen others equipped with one.  There are batons that are collapsible so that you can fit them in your pocket or bag.

To me, this is not always ideal either because you would have to quickly access the baton and then flip it out.  So it isn’t the best weapon to use for self-defense.  On the other hand, if you have some distance between your attacker then this could come in hand (literally).


Knucks are another trending fad among preppers.  Knucks are essentially a tool that you can place one or two knuckles into and use as brass knuckles.  They can be placed in your pocket or keychain for easy access.

The downside of having knucks is that they are not allowed in some states.  On top of that, you can be charged with assault with a deadly weapon if you are arrested.  So I would recommend researching your local state laws to see if this an option for you.

Tactical knives

Tactical knives are another consideration for EDC defense gear.  However, I’m not a big fan of them despite how much that I love knives.  Realistically you won’t ever get into a knife fight with an attacker.  A lot of people get caught up in fantasies that they see in fighting movies thinking that this could really happen.

 In most fights or attacks, it is quick and the attacker is trying to get you onto the ground as quick as possible.  However, if you are on the ground and able to reach your knife then it may come in handy for defense.

I prefer to keep the Cold Steel Micro Recon 1.  This great knife can be attached to your keychain.  It flips out quickly in the case of emergency but is also useful for everyday purposes.  Cold Steel is known for their strong durable knives.

Monkey fists

Monkey fists are another great weapon that you can use for self-defense.  They are non-lethal but can your attacker’s attention real quick.  They can also be attached to your keychain FOB or belt loop for easy access.

Altogether these would be my recommendations for EDC defense gear must haves.  Feel free to leave a comment or feedback below if you have any suggestions.  Your feedback helps the community to prepare the smart way now so that we can thrive later.


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