Five EDC considerations for the Summer that can help address your seasonal requirements. Summer is upon us. The current circumstances may hinder us from being outdoors as much as we prefer. However, one this is for sure, we do leave our homes daily for various reasons. The EDC gear we carry is as relent now as it was previously. Summer brings particular concerns and risks to mitigate, such as hydration or heat-related injuries. The following items can help you with your seasonal EDC loadout.
1. Outdoor Element Firebiner EDC Carabiner
One of the first items that you may want to consider is the Firebiner sold at the Sigma 3 Survival store. The Firebiner is a carabiner with an enhancement that will function as a multipurpose item. This carabiner has a spark wheel built into it. As such, it will give you another option for starting a fire in an emergency. I carry a large carabiner on the outside of my backpack to hold my gloves or headgear when it is not needed. The large size of the Firebiner will also function in this manner. Therefore, consider adding some options to your EDC with a Firebiner.
2. Folding Lock Pick Pocket Set
The second consideration to add to your EDC loadout is the Folding Lock Pick Pocket set, also sold at the Sigma 3 Survival store. The urban upheaval of recent weeks indicates that having this option available is important. Many people have to interact with an urban environment, even if your residence in a rural area. Therefore, you could find yourself stuck in a downtown area of your city in an emergency. How many people found themselves stuck on the streets as their way home was suddenly blocked or interrupted by civil unrest? A pocket-sized lock picking set would be handy if you had to make a quick escape into a locked building. Thus, it would be wise to include this small tool in your EDC bag.
3. Buck Knives® 112 Slim Select Pocket Knife
Survival experts acknowledge that having some form of a cutting device is essential to enable survival in an emergency. The kinds and types of knives that one may carry are subject to local, state, or federal laws. Therefore, the knife one carries daily should comply with the law. One pocket knife to consider is the Buck Knives® 112 Slim Select Pocket Knife. The 112 Slim fits will in your EDC bag or your pocket. These knives are excellent for the urban or suburban environment. They will also come in handy as a backup or camp knife in a wilderness environment.
Buck Knives describes this pocket knife as follows:
A new EDC based on an American classic, the 112 Ranger, the 112 Slim possesses the same traditional features but sports a more modern look. The deep carry pocket clip is added based on the overwhelming customer demand and allows for quick and easy access in any situation. With the easy one-handed opening, the 420HC stainless steel blade provides supreme edge retention and is finished with Buck’s Advanced Edge2x Blade Technology. The 7.25” knife folds down to a convenient 4.25” when closed. To decrease the weight and thickness, the heavy bolster and handles are replaced with a lightweight molded nylon while still maintaining the same quality and rigidity of the original 112. Available in four colors; red, blue, black, and chartreuse.
4. Ballistic Panel or Insert
We have seen in recent weeks how quickly civil unrest can arise. Moreover, we also have seen in past years how a lone shooter can wreak havoc on an unsuspecting crowd or public event. As life becomes more uncertain, it would be prudent to consider adding a bulletproof panel or insert for your EDC bag or backpack. Several companies are manufacturing ballistic panels of various sizes. Safe Life Defense® and Bullet Blocker® are two companies that offer high quality, Level III ballistic inserts for your backpack. The addition of a ballistic panel in your backpack will give you a measure of safety instead of some type of body armor. Additionally, a ballistic insert in your EDC bag or pack will help you maintain a low profile while giving some protection against gunshots.
5. EuroSCHIRM® Automatic Dainty® Umbrella
The fifth consideration for your EDC summer loadout would be a quality umbrella that can fit in your bag or backpack. An umbrella can give you shade from the heat or protect you from the rain. One of the best umbrellas on the market is the Automatic Dainty by EuroSHIRM®. EuroSHIRM® is a German company. As such, they offer high-quality backpacking umbrellas that would be practical in any situation. These umbrellas come in a variety of solid colors and patterns. They also provide one with UV protection and one with light reflection. The summertime is no stranger to afternoon thundershowers. Moreover, we are in the hurricane season. A durable, high-quality compact umbrella is a wonderful consideration for your summer EDC needs.
Summertime is an excellent time of the year. People tend to get out more in the Summer than at any other time of the year. The gear you carry every day will help make the summer season more enjoyable. As you venture out this Summer, your EDC gear should address your seasonal concerns. It is wise to up our game, as well, when it comes to personal protection and safety. Our EDC gear can help us or hinder us in that effort. These five considerations for EDC gear will ensure that your summer loadout is taken to a higher level of effectiveness in an emergency.