Everyday Prepper: Basic EDC Survival Tools


(Dr. Bones says: Today we have a guest post from our friend Nora Holloway. Nora Holloway is a gear expert and social media specialist for TacticalGear.com (link: http://tacticalgear.com). Raised by a survivalist, she knows the importance of being ready for anything and shares her insight on everyday carry (EDC) items; do you have any to add?)

Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re a prepper. You know that disaster can strike at a moment’s notice. Practicing everyday preparedness means having basic tools on you at all times. While having bug-out bags for the car and home are essential to many disaster scenarios, what about having the tools to get to your car? If you happen to work in a mega-sized office building, it certainly won’t be a cakewalk getting to your wheels.

What kinds of everyday carry (EDC) items should you invest in? First things first, they should be very easy to transport. Lugging around a 5-pound flashlight can really weigh you down after a few flights of stairs (or however long it takes you to get to the safety of your vehicle). Second, you should research the brands to determine the most reliable ones. Having a tool break when you need it the most will not make for a pleasant experience.

Check out the basic tools every survival-minded person should carry daily:

Cell Phone

This one is a no-brainer, because it’s probably one of the first things you grab in the morning. If you have a signal, you’ll be able to call for help if you need it. If you have an Internet connection, you might be able to figure out what is going on and where to find help.

(Dr. Bones says: Even if voice communication is not possible, you might still be able to text. Make sure the older folks in your group know how to use this very valuable function)


As mentioned above, you should always be armed with a reliable torch. Whether you get stranded at night or there is a freak power outage, a flashlight with a bright beam can get you out of a pinch. However while one flashlight is good, two is even better. Some carry a keychain light and a pocket light to ensure they have quick access to a light source.

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