The topic of Everyday Carry and EDC Bags has been debated to death. Lots of people have posted pictures of their EDC kits (such as this member of the survivalist boards) and you can find plenty of good articles on which EDC bag to get.
But different people have different needs, this is why they need different and somewhat unusual Everyday Carry Items. Besides obvious things such as flashlights, cash and a phone, I want to talk with you about a few less than common things, some would even call them weird.
I’m not trying to convince you to add them to your kit, that’s really up to you, but before you say “no” to these items, consider everyday scenarios as well, not just emergencies. Some of these things is what I wish I had on me more than once.
So without further ado, here’s the list…
It’s unlikely that you’ll have to fish right after a SHTF situation, before you have a chance to get to your bug out bag or INCH bag but keep in mind fishing hooks have plenty of other survival uses, such as helping you secure two things together, or even as a self-defense weapon.
In some countries where carrying firearms or even knives is illegal, hooks may be a legal alternative, though actually using them against an attacker could be problematic. There are many all-in-one Survival Kits and Grenades around but this one from Wonder2Seek is my favourite at the moment.
2. Ear Plugs
These can come in handy in some situations:
- if you’re in an area with lots of shooting, you’ll want to protect your ears;
- if you’re trying to sleep in a noisy place, such as a camp with lots of other people.
As it is the case with all other items in this list, ear plugs are dirt cheap, you can get them for pennies on the dollar on Amazon.
3. A Yo-Yo or a Fidget Spinner
Well, some of us get stressed out a lot easier than others… Time can pass very slowly when you’re just waiting for someone or for things to happen, such as your child calling you back to tell you he’s safe.
4. A Harmonica
Why did I pick this instrument? Well, because it’s small enough for an everyday carry kit. Take it with a grain of salt, this is a list of weird EDC items, after all.
Yo-yos can only entertain yourself, but if you learn to sing the harmonica you’ll be able to lift the spirits of all those around you.
Just like yo-yos, harmonicas are one of those EDC items that won’t get people to suspect you’re a prepper. Let’s not forget that one of the main goals of your EDC kit is to never raise suspicions. Ever.
5. Plastic Bags
You never know when these may come in handy, particularly if you get caught in the rain. Use them to keep your documents and devices dry, to cover your head, carry things and so on. Probably the least weird items on the list, because many have them in their pockets.
Floss has many different uses besides cleaning your teeth: to replace your shoelace, as a fishing line, to tie a knife to a pole, even for sewing! Make sure you get “to go” packets because they’ll take up less space in your EDC bag (just search Amazon for Crest Glide and you’ll find them).
You could actually use floss along with the fish hooks we talked a short while ago as a self-defense weapon. Run the floss through the hook, then throwing the hook towards your opponent (while holding the floss), and then pulling him towards you.
Believe it or not, I actually carry a band-aid in each of my wallets. I don’t know anyone who does that, but I do know people (myself included) who could’ve used one at some point. In fact, I encourage you to keep them in all your other survival bags, even in your non-survival bags.
8. Water Purification Tablets
I’m not sure exactly when someone would use these in everyday or “get home” emergencies, which is why I find them pretty weird to carry every day. Who has time to purify water right in the middle of an SHTF scenario? These are probably best for your main bug out bag, along with your Lifestraw.
If you find yourself frequently measuring distances, something this could prove very useful. You probably won’t use it in an emergency, but check out the “Keychain Measuring Tape” to see just how cute they are!
10. Lip Balm
This one may sound funny to some folks, but, like I just said, your EDC kit isn’t just for emergency situations; it’s supposed to help you in day-to-day predicaments as well, as many people can’t stand it to have chapped or dry lips.
11. A Solar Cell-Phone Charger
This one is obvious yet not many people have it. Being able to charge your phone in an emergency situation may be critical for getting the help you need, for making sure your loved ones are ok or for communicating with them where the rally point will be.
12. A Magnet or Magnetic Clasps
Now why on earth would you have a magnet on you? Well, you might use it to retrieve your keys that’ve fallen into a tight or inaccessible space (such as the sewers, behind a couch etc.), to quickly retrieve a bunch of screws that have spilled or to find a lost needle on the floor.
13. A Condom
I couldn’t leave this one out, right? Condoms have many survival uses and, although I don’t think you’ll actually have to use them to collect water or start a fire, I think the condom is the second weirdest item on the list after the fish hook but, at the same time, it’s the item people won’t be surprised you’re packing. Unless you’re a woman, that is.
14. A Paper Clip
Lots of everyday uses for this one, and takes so very little space in your wallet.
Unusual EDC Items Wrap-Up
Well, those were it. As I said, I’m not trying to convince you to get all of them, just the ones that make sense for both your daily chores as well as survival situations. If your EDC bag is bigger (if you carry a ladies’ purse, for instance), you may consider adding even more stuff to your Everyday Carry Kit.
At the end of the day, these everyday emergencies don’t have to be catastrophic in order to prepare for them. It’s really a matter of common sense.