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3 Essential Items for EDC

Here are 3 Essential Items for EDC that can go a long way to assuring your personal safety.

3 Essential Items for EDC

There are many common-sense items you should carry every day, but these 3 essential items for EDC lead the pack.

Pocket Knife


A good pocket knife will come in handy all the time. especially a Swiss Army knife, or other multi-tool. One of these can provide you an assortment of handy tools to help you conquer many situations. Make sure this is in your pocket, pack or purse whenever you leave your home.


Another style of pocket knife, that you need to consider, would be a lock blade for self defense.

There is no one-size fits all knife for every person. If you aren’t sure where to start, there are some very strong folding knives, produced by some great companies, like Columbia River Knife and Tool – Shizuka Noh Ken Tactical Knife (3.75″ blade), the Otanashi noh Ken Tactical Knife (4.52″ blade), or the M21-14SF (3.99″ blade).

Shizuka Noh KenIf none of these knives tickle your fancy, find a strong knife, that fits your needs and your local knife laws.


You should always, Always, have a pocket-sized LED flashlight on your person.

If the lights go out, while you are in a unfamiliar building, hotel, mall or a big box store, how will you quickly find your way to safety if you are stumbling around in the darkness?

I can’t begin to tell you the number of times, I’ve been stuck in a hotel with no power. My flashlight enabled me to navigate the stairwells and to comfortably navigate my room. I was also able to read until it was time for me to go to sleep.

A flashlight can also serve to disorient an attacker in the right circumstances.

Tactical Pen

A tactical pen can come in very handy if you find yourself in place, where you may not carry a pocket knife or a pistol. The tactical pen can be a very efficient self defense weapon, especially if you are assumed to be totally unarmed.

There are many styles of tactical pens. I prefer the Schrade Tactical Pen, but my daughters carry the Blackjack tactical model instead. Some people don’t like the bulk and weight of the full blown tactical pens, but they can opt for a Zebra F-402 Ballpoint Pen. The Zebra F-402 is a regular pen, built with a Stainless Steel barrel!

Keep in mind, you’re not going to take down a street gang with your tactical pen, but it’s much better than being totally unarmed.

With these 3 Essential Items for EDC, a lighter and some paracord shoelaces you can be prepared for almost anything.


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