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SPG 011: Everyday Carry Gear Setup

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In this episode, Kelly has a question about everyday carry gear setup.  I will share my tips on how to setup your EDC and share what I am currently using.  EDC is all a preference.  There is no one size fits all but there are some tips that we should remember when building EDC.

Everyday Carry Gear Setup

  • EDC Gear is not a one size fits all
  • EDC gear is all customizable based on personal preference
  • Not everybody uses the same tools and gear every day
    • I work in an office so my setup is going to be different than someone who is a mechanic

The 3 Tiers of Everyday Carry

  • There are 3 different tiers of EDC:
    • In pocket
      • In your pockets is what people call your pocket dump
      • These items are going to small enough to fit in your pocket and you use frequently throughout the day
      • Some pockets may include:
        • Wallet
        • Keys
        • Self-defense items like pepper spray, tactical pen, etc
        • Cell phone
        • Lighters
        • Bandana
      • On body
        • On body can include items like your belt, holster, sunglasses, etc.
      • Close to body
        • This can be your EDC bag
        • The EDC bag is really useful to carry items that won’t fit in your pocket but you need to have quick access to them
        • Items can include first aid kits, electronics organizer, tool organizer, extra magazines, etc.
      • In this episode, I will be focusing on pocket and on body carry
      • There are 3 different types of items that you may have in your EDC including
        • Personal/private items
          • Wallets for identification are a good example
        • Self Defense
          • Your self-defense items should be organized based on the P.A.C.E. (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency) layers (link to post)
          • Conceal Carry weapon, pepper spray, tactical pen etc.
        • Tools
          • Pocket knives, keychain (KeySmart), multitool, etc.

My Personal EDC Gear Setup

  • In pocket carry
    • I carry a Secrid Cardslide wallet
      • This is a really great wallet that will protect your cards with a RFID blocker
        • That way hackers can’t steal your information and makes it hard for others to track you
      • This wallet also ejects your cards so that you don’t have to shuffle through a bunch of cards
    • KeySmart
      • I really love the KeySmart because it keeps all of my keys neatly organized
        • This stops the keys from jabbing into your legs
        • It stops the jingling sound as you walk
        • Gives you quick access to grab your keys in a hurry if you are in an emergency
      • Pepper Spray
        • This is a part of my self-defense gear
        • This isn’t a perfect recommendation that I have for this
        • I prefer to have one that is small and can clip on to my pocket
        • That way I can quickly grab it if I am being approached by an attacker
      • UZI Tactical Defender Pen
        • This is a great tactical pen made of aircraft aluminum (So it’s a beast!)
        • I use this as part of my self-defense gear
        • It is very useful in case that you need to break space from an attacker but the situation hasn’t escalated to a point where you need to use your concealed carry weapon
      • Cold Steel Micro Recon 1
        • Now, I’m not a big proponent of using a knife for self-defense
        • Realistically you are never going to get into a knife fight like you see in the movies
        • That is all fairy tales
        • Besides, if someone pulls out a knife to attack you then why wouldn’t you just pull out your conceal carry weapon? Why bring a knife to a gun fight
        • Instead, I use this knife to perform minimal duties
        • I don’t need a heavy duty knife because I spend most of my day in the office.
        • However, this does come in handy whenever I need to cut some rope, boxes or even envelopes
        • I personally keep this knife instead of a bigger knife because I don’t want to draw attention at my office with a knife clipped to my pocket
        • Instead, this knife can easily fit into a small pocket or you can even place it on your keychain
      • Handkerchief
        • Handkerchiefs or bandanas are great items to not only brush away sweat but can also help you to filter water or bandage up wounds in the case of emergencies.
      • On body carry
        • Concealed Carry belt
          • A concealed carry belt is a great item to have if you conceal carry
          • Regular belts typically only are good for up to a pound or two
          • Conceal carry belts can hold up to 3 or 4 pounds
          • They don’t lose shape and are stiff
          • This helps you to carry the smart way
          • I highly recommend the Trakline Gun Belt
          • You can check out my review of the Trakline Gun Belt 
        • Holster
          • Along with the gun belt, you will want to have a good holster
          • I recommend IWB holster for conceal carry
          • You will want to have something that is comfortable and can distribute weight across your waist so that your pants are not sagging
          • I recommend the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3
          • This holster provides a comfortable carry because the padding and wicks moisture
          • This holster is also adjustable so it perfect with every style of conceal carrying
        • Sunglasses
          • Sunglasses are all a matter of personal preference of course
          • However, I prefer polarized lenses so that the light off of glass or water doesn’t shine into my eyes
          • I recommend the Wiley X Recons as they are not only polarized but are made ballistic grade which you can wear at the gun range

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Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.