My Every Day Carry is built around a Glock 19 with a number of aftermarket accessories. While the other items I carry are far more likely to be used on a daily basis, everything I carry and where I carry it are designed to allow me to get to my gun as quickly as I can and from as many positions as possible. To that end, I carry with my gun in front, appendix, under my concealment garment, along with an extra 17-round Magpul magazine.
In my right pocket, I carry a Tenacious G-10 black folder from Spyderco in my right pocket on a clip. I do this because I am right handed and most proficient using a blade with my right hand. I also carry my wallet, an RFID shielded jobbie from Celtic Shield and some lip balm.
In my left pocket, I carry my Inforce TFx 700 lumen flashlight on a pocket clip, and I keep a light on my left because that is the hand I would hold a light with when shooting a pistol in low light conditions. I also keep two Tool Logic survival cards in my left pocket as they’d be useful for less than ideal situations, and a standard Bic lighter.
Strapped to my ankle, I keep a Rescue Essentials Tactical Medical Kit that contains latex gloves, a hemostatic agent, tourniquet, gauze, chest seals, tape, a Sharpe to mark method of injuries and treatment administered, and a few Band-Aids for those tactical boo boos.
Off body, I carry a Gray Ghost Gear Griff Pack for a notebook, whatever books I am reading at the time, a larger medical kit that can serve multiple people, more ammo for my carry gun, business cards, a computer, and some hand sanitizer.
Then, I keep gear in my car. What goes in the kit, however, depends on where I’m going and what I expect might happen. If traveling out of state, I keep a larger bag packed with everything I need for a protracted fight. The three-day bag contains plenty of ammo, a plate carrier, night vision and thermal optics, a helmet and an extra pistol. The idea here being that if things go horribly wrong, I can pretty much sustain myself and my family or any one else traveling with me for some time.
However, if I am driving in my hometown, I simply carry a discrete sling pack by 5.11 with a Zenith Firearms Z5-P, which is a copy of the Heckler & Koch MP5N, a few loaded magazines, ear and eye protection and some highly reflective garments because in the event I should need this firearm, I do not want to be mistaken by the responding authorities as a bad guy.
Bringing it all together
This may seem like a lot of stuff – or maybe not –depending on how you look at EDC and what threats you expect to face. My background is military and I have had to live and fight out of a single backpack for extended periods of time, without resupply, so I will admit I tend to load for bear and expect the worst. However, I will also say that means I am most often pleasantly surprised that things are not as bad as they could be, and I cannot remember the last time I didn’t have something I needed.