Your Everyday Carry Doesn’t Have To Be Just One Kit
It’s a popular train of thought.
Most people try and stuff as much stuff into one everyday carry kit as possible to accommodate for just about any situation that might arise.
I would suggest that if you’re into carrying anything more than a stylish, minimal EDC, then you consider the following approach, which has worked for me for many years.
We’re just going to dive into the deep end here, so stay alert!
Situational loadouts are a way of assembling your everyday carry based on the situation that you anticipate being in. The idea is that you’ll be thinking ahead about what you’ll be doing, and make sure you’re taking the right gear for the activity.
For example, on any given weekday for me, I am either going to and from work or working at a client’s location to work on site.
When I’m going to work, I know that I don’t need to carry as much because I already have certain items in a drawer at my desk at work. For example, even though I do carry a flashlight, and I have a flashlight at work, if I’m going to work, I won’t take extra batteries. If I’m going to a client site, I’ll make sure extras are in my EDC.
Likewise, at work, I have a snack drawer that has two MREs and a bunch of snacks. I pack a lunch or know exactly where all the food joints are, and can usually anticipate when my lunch can be taken.
When I’m at a client location, I’ll take a “field stripped” MRE and snacks along in case there isn’t food readily available or I’m so busy I don’t get time to take a lunch (yes, it happens often when you’re in I.T.).
On days off and weekends, My family usually likes to travel halfway across the state so we can visit family. I have two different loadouts for those situations:
- The day trip – Much like the work loadout, it has a few tools, medicine, and a small minor first aid kit.
- Overnighter – Includes extra socks and underwear for the family
And then there’s the pocket carry. This is a very small EDC that has only a couple band-aids, ibuprofen tabs, pen, notebook and a multi-tool. It goes every single time I leave the house, even if I’m just going to the grocery store.
A Modular Loadout Strategy Saves Money
You might be thinking that it could get expensive buying all these kits. The way to avoid buying multiples and driving up your costs is to make your Loadout modular.
For example, In one pouch, I’ll have my standard set of tools that go pretty much everywhere. Then I also have special tools that only go with me to client locations and I might have to work on hardware in the server rooms or in network cable runs. Likewise, I have a small snack bag that is taken for the commute to work and back, and that full MRE plus snack bag that I take to client locations.
Keeping your gear in a modular format means that you can switch your loadout very fast if plans change at the last minute. In fact, I started this strategy back when I was using the “Coghlan’s Waterproof Bags” for my EDC.
A modular loadout also makes it easy to customize your EDC in the way you think it will help you the most.
There may be some overlap between tools or other items, but the important thing is that you know that you have prepared for what the day has in store for you.