As a man, I have always found the contents of purses endlessly entertaining. Because you can learn a lot about the personality of the girl about what she keeps in her purse. It seems like all the women I date are the ones who are prepared to touch up for any social gathering and to prevent appearance disaster in a social situation.
I, on the otherhand, tend to be prepared for a zombie apocalypse. This last week, I discovered a whole community of people who have made being prepared nerdy. There’s a number of message boards, but what caught my attention was this photo blog. Basically, people submit pictures of what they carry.
Everyday Carry, or EDC, generally refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. In a broader sense, it is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness.
This is generally what is kept on me or in my laptop bag. The passport, moleskine notebook, and flask stay in the bag (also the digital camera that I used to take the picture). The watch, sunglasses, wallet, carabiner with keys, HTC Evo, iPod Touch, and small 4 tool is generally on me. I tend to feel like I can grab a change of clothes and a toothbrush to go on an adventure on a moment’s notice.
After looking through the blog, I feel like I should carry at least 7 feet of paracord and a bit of magnesium (to start fires). I should also probably upgrade my multi-tool. It is kind of bewildering to me how many people seem to carry flashlights and guns on them at all times.
This got me to thinking what I carry in my car as well. I have a first aid kit, two water bottles, multivitamins, a socket wrench set, a large Mag-lite LED flashlight, a ka-bar knife, a knock off Leatherman multi-tool, a lighter, a bottle of Germ-X, a Davek umbrella. and a Rand McNally map of every major road in the country.
I feel like anytime I travel that I’m prepared to be stranded, lost, and hurt. I think I should add a fire-retardant blanket and an MRE to the list of things kept in my car.
In the last couple years because of the beagle pup, there’s always a dog food bowl, a towel, poop bags, a tennis ball, and leash in my car. It helps that he has a ridiculously high tolerance for long road trips and can basically stomach anything besides bad dog food.
I think a lot of men have different reasons for how this mentality became a part of their lives. I know part of it is definitely my father, uncles, and grandfathers. I know the emergency preparedness comes from years of preparing for and living through hurricanes. I think the most revealing part of my everyday carry is the go-anywhere document everything attitude.