Tactical EDC Gear Checklist: Things to Bring Everywhere You Go

Tactical EDC Gear Checklist: Things to Bring Everywhere You Go

Everyone should have an everyday carry (EDC) kit — whether man or woman, prepper or non-prepper. It’s an essential part of urban survival.

Everything on this list fits the two requirements all tactical EDC gear should possess: usefulness and practicality. Check them out:

Metal Water Bottle

You don’t wanna be caught without water, even if it’s only for an hour. Imagine having nothing to quench your thirst on a 95-degree day or while you’re waiting in line at the doctor’s clinic.

To stay hydrated, bring a water bottle that you should refill any chance you get. You can also pack water purification tablets or a water filter if you want.

Emergency Food

Leave the MREs and freeze-dried food for your bug out bag. All your EDC will need are some crackers, gum, or energy bars — snacks that hold off your hunger when you’re stuck for a while somewhere.


Even if you’re really careful, there’s always a chance a pickpocket may grab your wallet. So, you should never put thousands of bills and all your bank cards in it. Don’t give thieves a reason to celebrate.

Just bring what you need for the day. Use a money belt if you have to carry a ton of cash.

Here’s another tip — don’t keep your IDs in your wallet. They’re a headache to replace. If your wallet does get swiped, at least you’ll have these intact.

Backup Cash

While we’re on the subject of cash and stolen wallets, it’s crucial to include spare bills in your EDC. You don’t need a lot, just enough for situations like your car running out of gas or you needing to pay for your bus or taxi home.

You can stash your backup cash in several places, including:

  • Inside a sanitary pad or tampon applicator
  • In your phone case
  • A hairbrush with a secret hollow compartment
  • Below your shoe insert (but store them in a plastic bag first)

Mini First Aid Kit

You don’t have to bring all the first-aid supplies you own every time you go out.

Yes, it’s good to be prepared but there’s a fine line between caution and overkill.

Our advice is to just carry a mini first aid kit.

Narrow your supplies down to the most essential — if you’re more accident-prone than the average Jane, have little kids, or live with a medical condition, then factor those in.

Here are some basic supplies to add to your mini first aid kit:

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Band-aids
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Small scissors
  • Painkillers
  • Your prescription meds


Ingrown nails. Your kid’s broken toy. An unplanned road trip. Being locked out of the house.

You know what can take care of all these problems? A multitool.

Multitools are generally compact and have scissors, bottle openers, tweezers, screwdrivers, and pliers in one gizmo. They’re perfect for emergencies you might face on the go. You can even use a couple of the tools to fend off anyone who tries to hurt you.

If you wanna more space, though, get this wallet multitool by TAC9ER. It’s small enough to fit your back pocket.


Your cellphone is like an extension of your body. Leave it behind when you rush to make it on time for work, and you’ll feel its loss for the rest of the day.

That tiny device comes in handy for almost everything — messaging your kids about their whereabouts, checking the map when you’re in an unfamiliar location, and alerting 911 about an accident you just witnessed.

Plus, you can read ebooks or play a few games on your phone when you need to pass the time.

Losing your cellphone would be horrible, so keep its GPS on to help you track where it is. You also need to set up an ICE (in case of emergency) number. If worse comes to worst, this will help the EMS call your emergency contact right away.

There are also apps that can help you if you’re ever in danger, like:

  • bSafe: This nifty app allows a group of trusted people to see your location through GPS. It also doubles as an emergency alarm. If you hit it, it will give your location to your contacts and record both audio and video from your phone.
  • Noonlight: Use this app if you’re feeling unsafe or need urgent help. You just need to press and hold the button. Then release it and enter your pin when you reach safety. If you get into some form of trouble, release the button and don’t enter your pin. Emergency help will come your way.
  • One Scream: Activate this app’s location feature before you leave your house. Should something bad happen, scream. The app will then notify the folks you listed previously.

Power Bank

What good will your phone be if it’s dead? Bring a power bank in case it runs out of juice.

This one doubles as a charger and power bank, so you won’t ever have to worry about your phone dying on you (unless the grid goes down or an EMP attack hits and you don’t have a Faraday cage lying around).

Fire Starter

Remember when you were growing up and your mom always told you to carry a fire starter wherever you go?

Fine, maybe she didn’t, but it’s still solid prepping advice.

You never know when you’ll need some flames to boil water, cook food, or keep you warm at night. You can carry a ferro rod, but if you don’t wanna attract attention, we suggest going for a BIC lighter or waterproof matches instead.

Tactical Flashlight

While your smartphone has a built-in flashlight, you want to conserve its battery for other things. Use a tac light instead to help you see in the dark. Unlike regular flashlights, a tactical flashlight is brighter, sturdier, and also great at disorienting bad guys.


A bandana doesn’t just keep hair out of your face. You can also use it to:

  • Make a tourniquet
  • Signal for rescue
  • Filter water
  • Protect your lungs from air pollution

Hygiene Kit

Who doesn’t want to feel fresh and clean? Add a hygiene kit to your EDC so that you’ll be ready for some serious hygiene emergencies.

At the very least, it should have:

  • Extra pads or tampons
  • Floss
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissue
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Deodorant

Safety Pins

Some people bring a sewing kit with them in case of wardrobe malfunctions. But if that’s too much for you, keep a few safety pins in your EDC instead.

They’ll help your torn skirt stay together until you go home. Plus, they help with removing splinters and holding your keys.

You can even use a safety pin to protect yourself from attackers. Poking them with its sharp edge will make them wince and give you time to escape.


Chapstick isn’t just a cure for chapped lips. Did you know that you can also use it for stubborn zippers, patching holes, and preventing blisters? Here’s an article on lip balm’s survival uses if you don’t believe us.

Self-Defense Items

You know what sucks about being a woman? The fear that always creeps up when you head to your car in a nearly empty garage, walk alone on a dark road, or hear catcalls from slimy men.

But you can do several things to help you feel safer as you commute to and from work or have a night out with friends. You can take some self-defense classes and carry these non-lethal weapons in your bag:

  • Pepper spray
  • Tactical pen
  • Personal alarm

Other Supplies to Consider

Still got room for a few more things? You may also want to include these in your EDC:

  • Sunblock, shades, and a hat (for summer)
  • Socks and gloves (for winter)
  • Paracord
  • Small notebook with pencil
  • USB with copies of your important documents
  • Superglue
  • Rubber bands
  • Nail clippers
  • Tide stain remover pen


While you can’t control the environment or people around you, having tactical EDC gear can give you some form of control over small inconveniences and more serious threats.

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