Why do you carry the things you carry? If you look through the threads and pictures, most of the time you can figure out which of these three concerns motivates people to carry what they do. Having carried stuff my entire life, or at least since I was 8 and got my first SAK, I have ranged from one of these three motivations to the other at various times, but I have realized a few things. First, survival is not a viable reason for many people. Most of us live in areas where the best chance of survival is calling 911. It is fine to be prepared, but carrying around bandages is not going to do you any good without the requisite skill and training needed to use them. Additionally, a true survival kit is larger than most of us can carry without the aid of a pack. A small firestarter kit, some cotton balls, and a few safety pins is not a survival kit. It is a grown up blankie. It will not save you, if that is all you have, in a blizzard or in the wilderness. So survival, I have figured out, is not the reason why I carry stuff. Can't be. I do have a separate pack with enough stuff but I don't carry that on my back all the time. Second, defense. Again, you need training, which I do not have. Additionally, my job has shown me that most of the time there is no better defense than a gun. A knife is okay, but most of the time, in a knife fight both people get injured (knife cases are surprisingly common). It is just as silly as the cotton balls kit to think that a five inch stick or a bezeled flashlight or a metal pen is viable defense. In the vast majority of situations requiring defense, the reach necessary to employ these things is not there because of the other people having a superior weapon, or most often, because the person is taken by surprise. Finally, keeping your wits about you and not doing stupid things, is usually your very best defense. All this leads me to this: my EDC is about convenience. That is why I don't carry a lot or need a lot. I am never going to carry a knife with a blade longer than 3 inches. It is silly. I am never going to rely on a metal pen to save my life. This realization has allowed me to get rid of the "hobo" look and bring some realism and convenience to what I carry. What about you? Why do you carry what you do? Is there another reason other than those three?