I take it literally but perhaps with a twist. It's not what I have "on my person" since especially if it is summer and I am wearing a skirt (without pockets) what I can have on my person is quite limited to clothes and jewelery, but rather, what I don't leave home without for longer than 5-10 minutes. Going out for such a short while typically means grocery shopping and since the store is five minutes away, I just take keys, money and a bag to put the groceries in. I don't really consider it going out of home though, I'm still here. What I consider EDC is literally what I carry, therefore, what I have with me when I go out for a longer period of time. Lately I've been experimenting with going out for lunch and leaving my bag at the office and it doesn't seem like this practice is going to win. An hour is simply way too much. Typically, the bulkiest item in my bag is a book (if not two), and having something good to read has been my practice since first grade, so no wonder it became a must. So for me at least one of the books I am currently reading is EDC. At least one. This requires a bag of some sorts. (Well... I knew several guys who would go to school with a notebook shoved in one jacket sleeve and a Terry Pratchett novel shoved in the other one, but this has never been my approach, and besides, my books wouldn't fit in there.) The bag also gives extra space, so I can stuff in other items that I find handy, too. In the end, I just have a lot of stuff with me. I find it all useful, otherwise I wouldn't carry it with me. Would it be so if not for the book(s)? I don't know, but this is what it is. And this is what I concider EDC - what I feel uncomfortable without when I get away from home. Home is a different story. Home is where all of these items are located, after all. PS Fun story. I used to work at a, what do you call them, DIY stores or whatever, there were bags meant to carry tools. Heavy stuff. I found one bag that I liked and I figured I'd rather get it since the weight of my books destroyed everything else. I got it and used it until the weight of my books destroyed it, too. Books are heavy, it turns out. Oh, well. I'll keep carrying them.