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Everyday Carry Essentials For Outdoorsmen

Updated December 3, 2019 280 votes 37 voters 1.1k views12 items

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Every outdoorsman or outdoorswoman is different in terms of what they take into and out of the woods. Whether a person is camping, hunting, fishing, or hiking, there's always going to be a group of everyday carry essentials each and every person will require. This is the type of gear no outdoorsman should be without, as EDC items are incredibly useful, easy to pack and carry, and are, arguably, absolutely necessary.

This list compiles the most important everyday carry gear necessary to ensure you have a fun and safe time in the woods, desert, or wherever you might find yourself on an outdoors trip. Take a look at the items below, and don't forget to vote up the best everyday carry knives, gadgets, bags, and other items you consider are the most important for every outdoorsman or outdoorswoman to have on-hand for their next trip.

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    Multitool

    Price Range: $25 - $100 at Amazon

    Why It's Useful & Important: Multitools are some of the most important items any outdoorsman shouldn't leave home without. They come in a wide variety of types and can run the gamut in terms of prices.

    Do some research, and get the multitool that works best for you. These are perfect for fishing trips, and they're also great to have in case you need one of dozens of tools. 

    They often come with a small serrated saw, several knives of differing lengths, and tools to help you tie and untie knots. Multitools fold up into a small, handheld device, which can be stored in a sheath on your belt, or simply thrown into a pocket.

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    Portable Pocketknife

    Price Range: $19-$100 at Cabela's

    Why You Need It: With a smart ergonomic grip and textured designed, this fiberglass-reinforced pocketknife is every survivalist's best friend. It features a pocket clip for easy access and a stainless steel blade to help prevent wear and tear and rusting over time.

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    Water Filtration & Storage

    Price Range: $5 - $25 at Amazon

    Why You Need It: While you're out and about in the woods, or wherever you're planning on going, you will need to take some water with you. Adults require between 2.7 and 3.7 liters of water daily, so a multi-day trip may require a lot of water, which can be a hindrance in terms of weight.

    If you're not going to be able to carry several days of water, you need to carry a means of drinking water from your local environment. It's dangerous to drink water in a stream, river, or lake due to bacteria and possible pollution.

    A solution to this is a LifeStraw, which is a device capable of filtering water directly through itself, and into your mouth or canteen. Another trusty option is iodine. You can drip iodine, or place iodine tablets in collected water to kill any harmful bacteria.

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    Waterproof Matches & Firestarter

    Price Range: $5 - $20 at Cabela's

    Why You Need It: ​​​​​Starting a fire is essential if you want to keep warm and cook your food. Campfires are also an excellent deterrent at keeping predators away from your camp, though bears tend to ignore them in search of food.

    To start a fire, you're going to want to pack some weatherproof matches, and if you have a flint & steel firestarter, you're good to go in any situation. If you have the latter, you should practice with it before heading out, as they require a bit of know-how when it comes to lighting a fire.

    Always practice good campfire safety, which means, ensure your fire can't spread by placing it in a small depression, if you can, encircle it with rocks or another non-flammable material, and never light a fire if it's restricted in your area due to drought and wildfire concerns.

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