Selecting a Great Every Day Carry (EDC) Bag
All of us have things that we carry with us every day and usually everywhere we go. These items are referred to as every day carry (EDC) items by most everyone in the preparedness community. Some are items that get used many times a day while others are there “just in case.” Regardless of why they are there, we carry them with us on a daily basis because they are important to us. These could be items that ensure security, have sentimental value, or feed a habit; either way they are valuable items to have and it is ideal to have a place to keep them. This is especially true if they are handily kept in an EDC bag that can be grabbed on the run.
Things To Look For
Not all bags are created equal. When deciding on an EDC bag, look for one that will fit your appearance and lifestyle. Your EDC bag should be a reflection of you which will help prevent you from standing out. You don’t want someone looking at you as if you don’t belong. Other considerations should include the color and materials and how they match up with your needs. While all of these qualities are important, perhaps the most important factor is the type of bag and what is comfortable and practical.
Types of EDC Bags
There are many styles of bags. Below are listed some of the most common styles of bags to be used as EDC bags along with some examples of those specific styles.
Over The Shoulder Bags/MURSE (Man Purse)
Just to be clear from the beginning, I can call them Murse’s because I have a couple so I can get away with calling them that. They are very useful to have. In fact, I have found that this is often the best way for me to carry a pistol on long trips. I don’t want to ride for hours across three states with a pistol on my hip so I just put it in my “man bag,” as my wife calls it, and then it is still accessible and if I need to get out of the car, I just take my EDC bag (including my pistol) with me.
Evac Plan-B Sling Pack by Hazard 4
S.O. Tech Mission Go Bag
S.O. Tech Sling Go Bag
5.11 PUSH Pack
5.11 RUSH MOAB 6
5.11 2-Banger Bag
5.11 4-Banger Bag
5.11 Tactical COVRT Zone Assault Pack
Maxpedition Mongo Versipack
Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack
Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack
Maxpedition Neatfreak Organizer
Voodoo Tactical 3-Way Deployment Bag
A backpack is the universal container to use when traveling. It doesn’t matter if you are camping, going to school, work, or the gym, taking a trip, or just getting from one point to another; a backpack can do it all. One of the best qualities about a standard backpack is that it will not draw any additional attention to it because we are so used to seeing them. This makes it ideal as an EDC bag.
Kelty Watts Backpack
Kelty Redtail 27 Backpack
Kelty Redtail 27 Backpack
Eberlestock X4 HiSpeed Pack
5.11 Rush 12 Back Pack
ARCTERYX Military MARPAT Assault Pack
Eagle Industries 3 Day Assault Pack
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that based on my observations, women usually carry a purse with them. This is a huge bonus when it comes to EDC items because it does not draw any attention like a man carrying a purse would. Without any extra attention you can carry what you want, where you want (for the most part). There are always exceptions aren’t there?
Concealed Carry Purse – Black Leather
Brown Leather Concealed Carry Purse w/ Slash Resistant Handle
Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Carry Flat Sac
GTM Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Carry Raven Shoulder Pouch
Don’t like the style of concealed handgun purses? You can also turn your favorite purse into a purse capable of carrying a concealed handgun using a Concealed Carry Purse Holster.
Not everyone carries a briefcase but for those that do, it can be very convenient if that briefcase can serve more than one purpose. One of the most popular features in an EDC bag is an area to keep a concealed handgun. All of these briefcases offer the ability to carry the usual briefcase fodder as well as a concealed handgun and other EDC items:
Smith & Wesson Off-Duty Satchel
5.11 Side Trip Briefcase
Uncle Mike’s Tactical Briefcase
Maxpedition Operator Tactical Attache
Like a briefcase, a messenger bag can provide a way for EDC items to be carried in addition to items like books or paperwork that are needed for work or school. One advantage to a messenger bag is the fact that they typically ride a little more comfortable across the body. It worked for Jack Bauer didn’t it?
5.11 Rush Delivery Messenger Bag
Hazard 4 Defense Messenger Bag
Maxpedition Gleneagle Messenger Bag
BLACKHAWK! Covert Carry Messenger Bag
Bail Out Bags/Range Bags
I lumped these two bags together because in many cases they have similar qualities and features while also being capable of performing most of the same functions. I like that most of them feature several pockets for organization. What can I say? I’m a bag man (of the non-criminal persuasion I might add).
5.11 Bail Out Bag
Smith and Wesson M&P Edge Bail Out Bag
CONDOR Tactical Response Bag
Smith and Wesson M&P Pro Series Tactical Range Bag
Super versatile and comfortable to walk long distances with, a lumbar pack is a good option for someone who does not want a bag with a shoulder strap. If you are planning on doing a lot of walking with your EDC bag, a lumbar pack might be a great choice for you.
Mountainsmith Lumbar-Recycled Series Tour TLS R
Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack
The North Face Mountain Lumbar Pack
ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Pack
Mountainsmith Daylight Lumbar Pack
Tenzing TZ 720 Lumbar Pack
Of course, if money is not a limiting factor for you, you can always look into some of the more expensive options out there. If I could buy any bag in the world without having to worry about the cost, I think I would choose the X-Ray Tactical Pack from Kifaru. At this stage in my life, I can’t justify spending over $400 on a bag though so I will just have to do without. But if I ever have more money than I know what to do with, I am going to make the X-Ray my newest EDC bag.
I hope that you got some ideas for potential EDC bags. I’d love to hear what you use for your EDC items. If you feel like sharing, leave a comment or send me an email at email@example.com.