I’m a notorious over-packer.
Whether it’s packing for a vacation or just a day excursion, I usually end up bringing everything I think I, or someone else may need. I believe this gene was passed on from my Dad, who at a moment’s notice can produce a band-aid, zip-ties or a magnifying glass from his person without batting an eye. I’m pretty sure he carries a roll of duct tape on his belt. If you were to look in the Boy Scout manual there would be a picture of him next to their motto, “Always be prepared”. I remember growing up he would say, “You need to always keep one of these with you because you never know when you might need it.” Actually, that advice has paid off for me numerous times, albeit, at the expense of carrying around a few extra pounds. Needless to say, pants and shorts with cargo pockets have been my best friend. However, had I gone too far in my attempt to stay true to Dad’s advice? I could literally feel the weight difference at the end of the day when I unloaded all my gear. Having said all that, I’m sure you can share in my excitement when I found out that there was a whole culture of pocket-fillers out there who ascribed to this thing called, EDC or every day carry.
The folks over at Everyday-Carry, http://everyday-carry.com, have a great site with tons of pictures of all the stuff people carry around with them on a daily basis. They have summed up EDC perfectly: “EDC, generally refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. In a broader sense, it is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness.”
Whew! So I’m not a pocket hoarder? That’s a relief.
Go ahead. Fill those pockets! Become the human Swiss Army knife and embrace the lifestyle!
– Always be prepared…
“Big backpack” photo from – http://www.fbtimepass.com/A-huge-backpack-I-mean-huuuuuuuge-303 – original author unknown.