Applying the Ten Essentials concept to EDC

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Much has been written about the
“Ten essentials”. The Ten Essentials were developed by a group of climbers and
adventurers called “The Mountaineers” in 1930. It’s a list of ten items to
carry with you in the backcountry to be better prepared for any accident or
event that you may come across to better help you survive. In the future, Ill cover EDC’s further and go over my EDC.
            Today we
are going to incorporate these to an Everyday Carry Scenario. Here is the list
of the Classic Ten Essentials:
  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  4. Extra clothing
  5. Headlamp/flashlight
  6. First-aid supplies
  7. Fire starter
  8. Matches
  9. Knife
  10. Extra food
the adaption:
  1. Map-most of the population
    carries some type of smart phone that either has GPS function or Google
    maps access
  2. Compass-Also a function most
    smart phones have…if not wearing a button compass on your watch strap can
    facilitate this
  3. Sunglasses and Sunscreen-I
    wear sunglasses religiously as most folks should, sunscreen if you so
  4. Extra Clothing-This is a
    common sense item, if it’s cold outside dress for it. Carry a jacket
  5. Headlamp/flashlight-Carry
    Microlight on your keychain, or a Mag lite in your bag or laptop case
  6. First-aid supplies-Always
    carry any medication that you may be taking on a regular basis, Carry in
    your bag or vehicle a small first aid kit
  7. Fire starter-Disposable
  8. Matches-not important, due to
    carrying lighter
  9. Knife-small Swiss Army knife
    on keychain, tactical folder, or Multi-tool on belt or in bag
  10. Extra Food-This could be
    protein bars or snacks in your bag or vehicle. Also I would suggest water
you can see, there are many modern day tools and items we carry to get us
through the day. This list is just a reference and supplement and change as
your needs may vary.