My personal EDC has changed over the years and I’m sure yours has too. You carry something which you like, maybe you find out you don’t need something else or whatever. It’s constantly changing based on one’s personal preferences and desires. YET…it seems that EDC has gotten out of control lately with dudes carrying almost the entire contents of a bugout bag in their pockets: “Just in case.” Just in case what, in your daily commute on a 6 lane interstate you break down? Because the entire time you are traveling around throughout the day there aren’t houses, businesses, shops and such all within a 2 minute walk? Do you really need that fire starting tinder in your cargo pocket? Do you really need that paracord bracelet just in case you get stuck in line at Chipotle and need to tie a few bowline knots around a Tabasco bottle to burn some time? Seriously, enough with this crap already. Sure, have all the goodies in your pack in the trunk but in your POCKETS?
I once knew a really good dude who said that the movie Blackhawk Down was the worst thing to happen to the average Infantryman and I know exactly what he is referring too. There was a scene in the movie where some of the Rangers left gear behind because the mission was supposed to be a short one, no need for NODs or extra ammo, or a back plate etc etc. Of course this didn’t work out as they thought it would, I suppose it’s true that no course of action survives first contact. What that spawned was a ridiculous surge in the amount of STUFF that the average dude had to carry. Two is one and one is none to a whole new level.
Two is One and One is None
I do believe in having backups, the whole two is one and one is none theory but there is a limit. Should I wear two belts? Should I carry two guns, have 4 spare mags instead of 2, have 2 cell phones, drive a car and tow a second one just in case? I mean seriously this could get out of control which is why there needs to be some common sense injected into this madness along with the reality that one cannot prepare for every scenario.
Pocket Dump Madness
I’ve seen quite a few vids on EDC and some pictures of pocket dumps and I am amazed at how much STUFF people carry. Yes if you are venturing out into the wilderness on a hunting excursion you’ll probably want more than the average suburban joe, but even then how much would be in your pockets vs pack? Even the average dude can probably get away with carrying minimal stuff in his pocket and have a backpack (not the survival bag) with standard stuff in it: flashlight, lighter, multi-tool et al. It’s almost like it is a competition, how much crap can you carry in your pockets. But wait what if you are driving to work in suburbia and an EMP hits and you veer off the road and end up in a field, tossed from your vehicle with only what you have in your pockets? Well…I guess you are just going to have to deal with it.
The Bottom Line
Sometimes less is more. A gun, knife, knot of cash, watch, wallet and phone will get you by in just about every single circumstance. Most phones have a flashlight on them and if you need a lighter one is probably within reach in your car or bag. Think about it.