Best Practices While Prepping Your EDC Bag With Combat Iron Apparel

We face a variety of challenges and obstacles in our day-to-day tasks. No matter where we go or what we do, we must always be prepared for the unexpected. We live the "Lift heavy. Move fast. Stay deadly." lifestyle at Combat Iron Apparel, and that's why it's important to have an Everyday Carry (EDC) bag.

An EDC bag is a small, easily accessible bag that contains everything you need to get through the day. From personal protection items to first aid considerations, your EDC keeps you covered where other bags don't. Combat Iron Apparel wants to ensure your EDC bag has everything a tactical athlete needs; here are the top 10 things every tactical athlete needs to carry in their Everyday Backpack.

10 Items Every Tactical Athlete Needs In Their EDC

1. High-Quality Knife

The first item on anyone's EDC list should be a high-quality, purpose-built, and functional blade. Your blade serves as an extension of your standard toolkit, finding uses in situations where other tools won't suffice. Consider your local laws, regulations, and standards before equipping your EDC with a high-quality knife.

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3. Hydration Bottle

A Tactical Athlete is only as useful as their ability to remain in fighting condition, making a hydration battle an essential part of any EDC bag or backpack. We prefer the Combat Iron Apparel Insulated Metal 32oz. Hydration Bottle for its superb ability to keep your drinks hot/cold and it's optimal carrying capacity.

4. Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)

No one ever expects to find themselves in a situation where they need first aid, except you; you are a Tactical Athlete prepared for anything. Whether it's a paper cut or a life-threatening injury, having an IFAK (individual first aid kit) in your EDC can mean the difference between a good day and a hairy situation. Find an IFAK with adequate bandages, ointments, and pain medicine.

5. Your Everyday Carry (weapon of choice)

Depending on your state, regulations, and choice of armament. You'll want to include your weapon of choice in your everyday carry and on your person. Concealed carry permit holders should consider what they need to remain concealed and be ready for anything that might happen. Extra clips or ammunition are essential. Consult your local laws and regulations before carrying.

6. Portable Charger/Power Pack

The modern Tactical Athlete uses their cell phone as an extension of their EDC essentials. Your cell has unrivaled access to invaluable tools like instantaneous GPS, emergency services, and fitness tracking/goal tracking apps. That is why you need a high-quality portable charger or power pack to ensure you have access to power wherever you are. We suggest units rated at 15 watts, with USB-C In & Out ports.

7. Keys


Your keys are an essential element to any EDC, and they offer the ability to expand more useful items as a part of their keychain/ring. Consider adding a miniature compass, thumb-button flashlight, or mini-multitool to expand your keychain's functionality. Take it to the next level and add one of Combat Iron Apparel's Black Flight Tag Keychains!

8. Cash


We may live in the digital age, but there are times when cash is your only option. We recommend bringing enough cash to handle situations where credit card machines aren't available. Somewhere between $50-$250, depending on your needs and the area you're in. Consider personal safety and ensure your cash remains hidden and accessible only by you.

9. Flashlight


Your EDC comes with you everywhere, day and night, and you need a tool that helps you bridge the gap between your skills and your environment's limitations. Find a slim, modern-, purpose-built, and powerful flashlight to ensure you're prepared for anything mother nature throws at you. Miniature flashlights have come a long way in the last ten years, and small, powerful options are widely available. Pair a rechargeable flashlight with your power pack from "#6" and ensure you are ready in any circumstance.

10. Paracord


An endlessly useful and functional tool every first responder, LEO, and tactical athlete needs in their EDC. Whether you use it for training, service, or beyond, paracord has unlimited potential and is worth its weight in the space it takes. You can find ultra-lightweight options that reduce its volume and save space/weight to ensure you remain light, strong, and vigilant.



That's right, at Combat Iron Apparel, we like to over-deliver, so here's a bonus "eleventh-hour" EDC item every tactical athlete needs. Our brand-new and exclusive lightweight COMBAT IRON™ PATTERNED FANNY PACK is your next EDC go-to when you are on the move. Featuring double pouches ideal for EDC essentials like your wallet, conceal carry, flashlight, keys, knife, etc.

Prepare For The Day With Combat Iron Apparel's Everyday Backpack

Combat Iron Apparel has you covered with our specialty-designed everyday backpack featuring premium-grade materials designed by veterans with purpose in mind. Our apparel is veteran made, designed for all, and perfect for the tactical athlete.


  • 600D polyester
  • Main zippered compartment with padded laptop sleeve fits most 15" laptops
  • Debossed Puma on front zippered pocket with internal slip compartments
  • Side contrast-color knit mesh pockets
  • Padded, adjustable shoulder straps
  • Padded back panel
  • Top carry handle

Support veterans, first responders, LEO, and more, and outfit yourself with premium-grade apparel from Combat Iron Apparel. Veteran Made. Designed for all.

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