Fundamentals of Everyday Carry

What do you carry Every day?

What to consider for Everyday Carry

The subject of what to carry on your person every day is complicated and there really is no good answer that covers every person’s needs. There are so many factors to consider for everyday carry such as:

  • Your immediate needs on a daily basis
  • The industry where you work
  • The legalities of your city or state
  • What type of clothing you are wearing?
  • What is the climate like where you live?
  • How much are you prepared to carry or even want to carry?

Each option can define your everyday carry and the items you carry should evolve over time depending on your needs and more importantly your pocket book. Your budget can help eliminate some of those choices that are unnecessary and help make the decision easier to an extent.

Keep your Everyday Carry Simple

I try to live by the principle of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), when choosing my items for everyday carry. Even still, it is more difficult than it seems and often requires some trial and error and research to get to the right combination of items where I’m satisfied.

Divide your Everyday Carry into Tiers

I try to model this after the military concept of 1st, 2nd and 3rd line gear, but instead translated into an urban and civilian environment for everyday use.

I want to try to be practical while at the same time being semi-tactical in my approach to what I carry starting with:

  • What are the most important things that I can’t live without?  – (1st  line equipment/gear, things that I carry directly on my person without the need for a bag or pouch or even a belt.)
  • Secondary gear (2nd line)  – Things that I can live without but that I use regularly enough that if I don’t have them, I won’t be able to get certain things done that are necessary.
  • Tertiary gear (3rd line) that is mostly preparatory gear and may only be used in an emergency or in the event of a problem.

Then of course there are other considerations to think about depending on what extra necessities you might need.

Avoid looking like a military wannabe

My goal is to have these things without looking like a misplaced military, wannabe dweeb who stands out in a crowd with tactical gear that screams

“look at me, I may be a crazy person with a gun about to go postal.”

I also don’t want to alarm a law enforcement officer in the event that I get pulled over. Don’t get me wrong. I believe there is a time and a place for some of the gear associated with military personnel but what I hope to provide, is an option for the ordinary person to be able to survive, prosper and be prepared, in an urban environment on a day-to-day basis. Whether you are former military veteran or a computer programmer in an office cubicle, there should be options presented and reviewed to help you decide what items fit you, your personality and your style.

Practical and Tactical

Most of the items that I display are items that I have tried, already own, or have received such rave reviews from other readers that I feel the need to include them in my reviews and articles. I welcome any and all ideas as well as criticism so that as a community we can figure out solutions to everyday problems and equip people properly.