How To Get Your EDC Loadout Right
It’s true to say that in most cases one person’s everyday carry (EDC) loadout will not be the same as another’s. There are many lists available online that could be used as a shortcut to knowing what to carry. Whilst these lists are great to use as a guide they are not personalized to your own needs. If you take the shortcut of copying these lists without thinking about your specific needs and the situations you may face. Your EDC loadout is likely to cost you more and be less effective.
Your own EDC Loadout will often change depending on your daily activities, the locations you travel to and the weather conditions. In order to get your EDC loadout right for each activity, it’s better to make your own EDC Master List.
Make Your EDC Master List
The key to having the right EDC loadout with you at the right time is adaptability. You need to be able to adapt and change the items you carry depending on what you’re going to be doing each day. Having a master list of items that you can select from will help you to do this. It will also make sure you are not bogged down with the weight of unnecessary items.
Now I could begin by listing some EDC items like flashlights, knives, key chains and so on. However, based on what I’ve said above this would suggest you take a shortcut. Instead, you should do it the right way by carefully thinking about the EDC items that are best for you. The best way to start thinking about your own EDC loadout is to make your own master list. To do this all you need to do is sit down and carefully think about the following:
- The specific items that you want or need to carry on your person each day.
- The different tasks and activities you do in your daily life.
- The locations you travel to.
- Weather conditions.
- Unexpected situations that you may face. Such as if your vehicle breaks down and other emergency situations you could face.
While thinking about the above scenarios also think about the items that will help you in each of these situations. Some items you will already have, some you will be able to adapt and some you will need to buy. Add the items you think of to your master list.
Your goal is to end up with a master list of items that you can select to carry with you based on your plans for the day.
EDC loadout Tips
When thinking about what you want to include in your loadout. The following suggestions will help you to maximize your EDC effectiveness. Try to carry essential items that are both lightweight and multifunctional. Your EDC needs to become part of you so that you almost don’t notice you have it but you know it’s there if you ever need it.
Do Your Research
Once you have made your list of EDC items make sure you thoroughly research the items before you buy them. This will avoid making costly mistakes and learning the hard way. For example, not all multitools are equal and I don’t just mean brand or quality.
A while back I was researching multitools and decided I wanted to add one to my loadout. I decided on a brand and model. This particular model had different variations that you could choose from. One had a carabiner and another had a strap/belt cutter instead of the carabiner. I decided on the one with the belt cutter because I do a lot of driving and wanted a seat belt cutter in case of emergency.
If I had not researched the item properly I would have ended up with the wrong tools for my specific requirements. The principle of research applies to all items you are planning on spending your hard-earned money on. Resist impulsive purchases and research thoroughly.
Consider carrying multipurpose items that you can use to carry out multiple tasks. An example of this would be a multitool or a bandana. Multitools are great because they are lightweight, easy to carry and can be used for many tasks. Bandanas can be used to protect you from the elements and have other applications like first aid. By carrying multipurpose items it helps to cut the number of items you need to carry.
Less weight and bulk is another important factor when choosing the best items to carry. You don’t want to be bogged down by carrying unnecessary items with you. Often when it comes to EDC less is more because you don’t want to end up wasting valuable time sifting through your pockets or packs to find an item.
Whether you plan to carry your EDC on a belt, in your pocket, a get home bag. Carrying your EDC in a stealth way is the best course of action. There may be certain situations when you don’t want to bring attention to yourself such as if you find yourself in the middle of a terror attack.
Evolve Your EDC
Once you have made your list and refined the items want to carry. Remember to continue to evolve your kit and master list. Often the situations you encounter as you go about your daily routine will give you ideas on how you can improve your loadout. Whether it be by reducing what you carry or changing certain items for ones you feel will work better.
I’m sure I am not the only one who has faced a situation in the past and realized that If only I had a different item with me things could have gone smoother.
Your Knowledge & Mindset Is Key
Never despair if you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have a specific item with you. Instead, take a breath and focus on the knowledge you have learned. Your knowledge is the number one EDC item you will always have with you every single day. The right knowledge and mindset will help you to think out of the box and adapt the items you do have with you. After all, shoelaces are not just shoelaces are they?
How To Get Your EDC Loadout Right Conclusion
Your EDC loadout needs to be specific to your personal needs and preferences. Making an EDC master list will help make sure you have the right items to choose for your loadout. Thinking about the situations you may find yourself in can make sure you have the right kit for the right situation. Experimenting with the items you carry and how you carry them will help you to fine-tune your personal EDC loadout.