EDC: Every Day Carry

I want to take this opportunity to discuss the topic of “Every Day Carry”. For me my EDC is probably the most important thing I have, for the simple reason it’s the one piece of kit I carry everywhere (well almost everywhere) and as such will be the first thing to hand in the event of an emergency however big or small.
My Every Day Carry has taken many sizes and shapes over the years starting as a shoulder bag, then be reduced down to a small pouch before finally upgrading to a small backpack, and i’m sure it will continue to evolve as my life and daily requirements change and therefore like many, I consider it a work in progress that will likely never be finished.

For those of you that carry an EDC already this may not be anything new, however for those you that don’t my hope is that it will give you some food for thought. You may work in an office and keep your GHB in the car and want something smaller to hand throughout the day, you may be a driver and have a GHB in boot and therefore don’t see the need in another pack.

The first point I want to make is that this is NOT a Bug Out Bag or a Get Home Bag, it is simply a bag that is designed to make my life easier on a day to day basis whether that be a run of the mill Monday or an emergency! And in the event of an emergency get me to one of my other bags.

An EDC as the title suggests is simply your Every Day Carry, a selection of items which you have on your person everyday, this could be as simple as a mobile phone, keys and wallet, or it could be a bag of selected gear if you are happy to carry it. The point is it really depends on your individual wants and requirements.

I’m going to break my EDC up into a number areas so you can see exactly what I carry on myself as standard.

KEYS: Assorted keys, mini pry bar with integrated bottle/can opener, seatbelt cutter, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, peanut lighters, Spyderco Grasshopper Knife (UK Legal Folder), Peanut cash stash, LED Lenser K2 mini torch, paracord lanyard, Carabiner.

MOBILE PHONE: Internet, downloaded survival books and documents.

WALLET: Fresnel lense, credit card survival tool, UKSN coin, water purification tablets, storm matches, plasters.

2 x Paracord Bracelets (on my wrist), 1 with an integrated ferro rod, whistle and compass.

BAG (5.11 Rush 12) See below for contents.
CARRY STRAP – Attached paracord bracelet.
5.11 DUMP POUCH – Folded and empty.
MOLLE SIDE POUCH – Basic first aid supplies (plasters, bandages, antiseptic, alcohol wipes etc), paracetamol, Ibuprofen, heartburn tablets, hayfever tablets, dental floss, sewing kit.
LARGE FRONT POCKET – Sawyer Mini, wind up radio, pocket binoculars, Bushnell Backtrack, all weather note pad, sharpie, pen, deck of playing cards, 2x LED torches, snack bars, water purification tablets, storm matches, portable charger for phone and other USB devices.
SMALL FRONT POCKET – Farb criminal identifier spray, charger cable, hygiene wipes, chapstick, vaseline, hot sauce, spare car key, gum.
BACK PANEL POCKET – Beanie hat, shemagh, poncho, gloves
MAIN COMPARTMENT – bottle of water, umbrella, admin pouch with – eating tool, screwdriver pen and multiple attachments inc alan keys, pen torch, multi-tool, CRKT Edgie knife (UK legal folder), duck tape, paracord superglue, small fire kit, tin foil, tactical pen.

With the exception of the admin pouch small bottle of water and small brolly my main compartment is empty, which allows me to store my lunchbox, jacket or even boots if needed, its not heavy and the bag itself is quite small.

Of course you dont have to have all of the above, or you could even add more if you want, your EDC is about making your everyday life easier, most of the above has been added by me following instances where I needed something and didnt have it…. now I do, and my bag now feels like an extension of me No doubt over the coming years I will remove and add bits and pieces but for right now its perfect for my needs. I hope this has given you some ideas to consider and as always, any questions just ask.



Personal protective equipment during SHTF

Personal protective equipment or PPE is any equipment designed or adapted to protect you from danger or harm.

During normal day to day life we use PPE all the time, seat belts, oven gloves and sunglasses are all designed to protect you. What items can be valuable in a disaster situation?

WROL riot situation/roving gangs/violent confrontations

  • Motorcycle helmet-vision restricted but excellent protection against blunt force trauma. doesn’t attract attention like a military style helmet.
  • Gloves-slash proof would be ideal but any strong gloves will offer protection against glass, rubble etc.
  • Stab vests-essential protection against edged weapons and other improvised stabbing tools. some even offer blunt force trauma protection. Can be worn concealed for grey man appearance.
  • Ballistic vests-offers protection against firearms of varying calibers, may not protect against knifes unless rated for knife protection.
  • ballistic glasses/eye wear-look good while protecting the mark one human eyeball.
  • Shin pads-not just for the sports field, these can give you an edge on the streets!
  • Thick/padded jackets-keep yourself warm and safe from strikes from marauders.
  • Gas mask-a well fitting mask with filters suitable for riot control agents could prove invaluable, allowing you to escape the effected area to safety.
  • Boots-slip resistance and can double as a weapon.PPSS-Stab-Vest-Covert


Floding (home environment)

  • Wellies-keep those feet dry.
  • Life vest/buoyancy vest -in extreme cases this could save your life.
  • Rubber gloves-with sewers overflowing keeping your hands clean is vital!
  • Wading stick-check the path ahead whilst travelling in water.images

Biological attack/pandemic

  • Suitable face masks/eye protection-keep the bugs out of your body.
  • Disposable suits/aprons-keep your clothes clean whilst caring for the sick.
  • Disposable gloves-same as above.
  • Hand sanitiser-important in any disaster situation.

Rebuilding process

  • Hard hat-protection from falling materials.
  • work gloves-keep hands safe from nails and other building materials.
  • Heavy duty overalls- abrasion resistance and style.
  • Protective eye wear-you will want to see your completed handy work.
  • Steel toe capped work boots-keep feet safe from nails and help prevent slips and falls.

Home lighting post SHTF

Keeping the house lit if the power goes out…be it long or short term having a power cut can play havoc on a family home! Everything from stubbed toes to broken bones can happen as a result of being without light.power-cut-in-Delhi-India-in-summer-season

Candles would be an obvious choice to avoid these problems but with candles comes the danger of fire (if used without care) and with young children they can be totally impractical. However they are cheap and easy to store which makes them ideal for a prepper.

Torches and battery powered lanterns.
An ideal, safe form of instant light, as long as you have an ample supply of batteries! Perfect for traveling or for short term emergencys.

Instant light at the snap of a stick! However they can be expensive and only last a few hours. Great for signaling but not so great for long term illumination.

Garden solar lights.
An often overlooked form of lighting! Harness the power of the sun to make your garden pretty and if the shtf bring them inside at night to light up your home, in the morning simply put them back outside. Safe, renewable power, be the grey man with a pretty garden!garden-solar-lights-classic

With so many forms of lighting decide what’s best for you and prepare now so you aren’t left broken and bruised.


Emergency Uses for Paracord

Here are some of the more common uses for paracord we could think of, but the uses are really only limited by your imagination.

  •  Repair torn clothing with the internal strands which slide easily out of the kernmantle (casing). Use a makeshift needle or be sure to keep one in your first-aid kit.
  •  Repair torn or broken equipment either by sewing or tying the pieces together securely
  • Rig a makeshift tow rope.  A single length of paracord has been tested to handle 550 lbs of weight, so wrap it securely 10 times and you have the ability to pull 5500 lbs.
  • Securely tie down items to the top of a vehicle, or to protect them from a wind-storm
  • String up a clothes line. Wet clothes are uncomfortable when you’re camping and dangerous when you’re trying to survive.
  • Hang a bear bag to keep your food away from hungry critters. This is good whether you’re camping or roughing it in the woods
  • Replace your shoe laces. Just burn the ends and thread them through.
  • Replace a broken Zipper pull
  • Use it as dental floss. Pull out the internal strands and keep up your hygiene even in the woods, or to get that pesky piece of meat out from between your teeth.
  • Tie things to your backpack with it so you can carry more stuff hands free
  • Secure an animal to a tree or post, or make a leash
  • Tie up a person
  • String up a trip wire to protect an area…rig it with bells, or cans or make a fancier trap
  • Lower yourself or an object very carefully down from a height.  (note:  paracord is NOT climbing rope, and is NOT a realistic replacement for true climbing rope; do not expect it to catch you should you fall. For security double or triple the thickness if you can)
  • Rig a pulley system to lift a heavy object
  • Make a ladder to get up or down
  • Tie up a tarp or poncho to make an awning to keep off sun or rain
  • If you’re hiking in a place where there is danger of avalanche tie yourself to your buddy so you can find each other should one of you get caught under snow
  • Keep your stuff. Tie objects you’re likely to drop around your wrist, ankle, or waist
  • Make a pack by first making a netting then adding a draw-string
  • Build a shelter using sticks or by tying up the corners of a poncho or tarp
  • Rig an improvised hammock
  • Make a snare out of the internal strands
  • Lash logs or other items together to build a raft.
  • Tie snow shoes.  Bend a 1” branch in a teardrop shape. Tie it securely then weave the paracord back and forth across the opening. Tie this to your shoes.
  • Use it to make a bow drill for fire starting…(note it does take a lot of practice to start a fire with a bow, so don’t rely on this unless you’ve done it before!)
  • Make a sling to throw stones for protection and food.
  • Use it for signaling by tying a mirror or colorful cloth to the top of a tree
  • Use it to make a bola for hunting large birds
  • Make fishing line by cutting a length and pulling out the internal strands (there are seven of them, each of which comes apart into two, so there’s 14 thin lines if you aren’t catching really big fish). Just tie them together.
  • Make a fish stringer. If you’ve just pulled the strings out to make fishing line, the remaining kernmantle (the colored sheath) would be plenty strong enough to hold fish. Otherwise just cut a length, and tie through the gills.
  • Secure your boat or raft
  • Make a net out of the internal strands…if you have some time on your hands
  • Tie straight sticks around a broken limb to make a splint. 
  • Tie a sling to hold your arm
  • Sew up a wound using the internal strands.  For thinner thread untwist one of the internal strands
  • Make a tourniquet to slow loss of blood
  • Make a stretcher by running paracord between two long sticks, or fashion a branch drag to move an injured person

What is paracord?

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It comes in many thicknesses, depending on its load bearing weight and can come in any colour you can imagine, including glow in the dark. The cordage can be teased apart to give multiple strands, however the load bearing capability will be duly reduced.   received_1222581407755252


WTF does SHTF mean? ‘prepper’ acronyms

With every community or industry there are sayings and acronyms that are used…there never seems to be a guide for what they mean, and most of the time you may feel to embarrassed to ask. We at UKSN are here to help. Here is a list of the most commonly used ones:DSCF3008

  • BOB  “Bug-Out Bag”  A bag that is packed with items you will need if you’re forced to quickly evacuate your home.
  • EDC  “Everyday Carry”  Something you carry with you every day. For example, a pocket knife, multi tool, or a torch.
  • EMP  “Electromagnetic Pulse”  A type of weapon that could be used to bring down the electrical grid. Usually appears as “EMP attack.”
  • SHTF  “Shit Hits the Fan”  Generically used to describe crisis situations. In a broader context, it refers to a time when we finally experience the natural consequences of our bad decisions. Can be applied on a national or personal level. Sometimes the longer version of this acronym is used: WTSHTF – When the Shit Hits the Fan.
  • TEOTWAWKI  “The End of the World as We Know It”  A situation where everything we are accustomed to changes. This acronym is long and awkward, so the misspelled version is also fairly common: TEOWATKI.
  • BOL  “Bug-Out Location”  The place where family members/friends have agreed to meet in case of evacuation.
  • BOV  “Bug-Out Vehicle”  A vehicle, be it a bike, car or truck that is specifically equipped to bug out.
  • EOTW  “End of the World”  Not the literal end of planet earth, but the end of a government, a nation, or a particular way of life.
  • G.O.O.D.  “Get Out of Dodge”  A phrase that means one should leave town or get out of the city and stay somewhere else.
  • MRE  “Meal Ready to Eat”  Originally a military term. Refers to individually packaged rations for soldiers in the field.
  • MSM  “Mainstream Media”  Refers to major news networks that seem to be more interested in pushing propaganda than reporting actual news.
  • WROL  “Without Rule of Law”  Describes a situation where there is anarchy and/or martial law. In either case, ordinary civil laws would not or could not be enforced.
  • YOYO  “You’re on Your Own”  The idea that you cannot depend on anybody else when the SHTF.
  • FUBAR  “F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition”  Military term that means something is really messed up.
  • INCH  “I’m Never Coming Home”  A bag that is packed with items you will need if you’re forced to quickly evacuate your home and you intend to never return home.