If you have a concealed carry permit or live in an open carry state, you are probably already familiar with the idea of everyday carry. While you might think of everyday carry as the firearm you are permitted to carry every ay for the protection of yourself and others, there are a few associated details you should also consider part of your everyday carry needs. After all, a firearm isn’t useful without certain accessories, right? These are the top 5 EDC essentials you need in order to confidently and safely carry your firearm throughout the course of your normal day.

1. Firearm

The most obvious of the EDC essentials is your actual firearm. Most people are pretty particular about the piece they decide to carry as part of their EDC kit. While some prefer a traditional pistol loaded with rounds individually, others prefer the speed of a Glock with a pre-loaded magazine. The size is also important. Since size helps you get the option you will feel comfortable carrying and handling if the situation arises, it is important to consider this factor for your EDC firearm. From an ankle carry handgun for those looking for a small option to an option worn in a traditional sling holster or belt holster, it is important to find the right firearm size for your comfort and preferences. Once you have the firearm, the other EDC essentials are the easy part.

2. Ammunition

A firearm isn’t much use to you without ammunition. While some people prefer to keep their concealed carry weapon loaded with just one round of ammunition, others like to have a backup just in case. If you are working with a magazine compatible firearm, keeping an extra pre-loaded magazine in your bag or pocket is a quick solution. For those with a pistol style, you can still carry a few extra rounds with you if you feel its necessary. There are specialty cases made to hold ammo for wheel style barrels to keep them organized and secure for easy access when you need them.

3. Permit

This is another no-brainer. Since most concealed carry permits are now in the form of a laminated card similar to a driver’s license, it is easier than ever to have this information on your person when carrying your weapon. Of course, it will depend on your state laws as to whether or not you legally need this identification on you at all times. In fact, some states do not even require concealed carry permits at all. However, if you are in a state where this is required of you as a responsible gun owner, make sure you include this in your EDC kit.

4. Holster

Of course, when looking at carrying your firearm, you need a great carrying solution as part of your EDC essentials. Most people opt for a holster of some sort since it allows for easy access coupled with the peace of mind of retention. While a shoulder sling holster is a great way to keep your gun at an accessible location on your body, it can be trickier to hide unless you are wearing a jacket. If you are looking for a holster that meets the requirements of concealed carry laws in most states, inside the waistband holsters are a great choice. They allow you to keep your firearm accessible while remaining concealed.

5. Concealed Carry Apparel or Accessories

If you are looking for a way to keep your weapon concealed in an inconspicuous manner, there are a lot of products on the market to do just that with ease. For example, there are fanny packs, briefcases, backpacks, purses, pants, and more which are made for this purpose. These items will never give away that you are armed in public since they are designed with this need as their sole function. These items can also be made to conceal your weapon in a setting such as a home or office in the form of items disguised as books, flag cases, picture frames, and more. This is great option for keeping a weapon accessible in a stationary location instead of carrying them on your person at all times.