EDC storage for women: no pockets, no purse, no problem!

I have seen a couple of ‘What’s in your EDC?’ threads pop up in this forum but wanted to make a thread about EDC storage options for women since EDC can look different for us for the following reasons:

 1. Women’s clothing isn’t usually made with functional pockets, and outside of carrying a purse, options for carrying multiple EDC items can seem limited. 

 2. If I am carrying a traditional purse, I often set the purse I’m carrying down when I arrive at my destination (which isn’t useful in case of emergency when you want an item on you, not discarded somewhere at your feet or shoved in a locker or coatroom). I wanted to compile a list of EDC storage options that I could always leave on and that I wouldn’t set down like I might a traditional backpack or purse. 

 3. Finding EDC storage options that are functional and that also allow one to blend in can be difficult. I think it is important to like the EDC storage option used because I’m not going to wear it everywhere if it doesn’t look cohesive with what I normally wear/isn’t comfortable/ doesn’t blend in and if it’s not worn everywhere, then its value in terms of preparedness decreases.


Most of the options I am listing tend towards the dressier end of the spectrum and this is because no one has ever so much as blinked at me touting something dressy, but I’d probably get more looks for wearing something ‘tactical’. My goal is to blend in with an EDC, not stand out. On to the list, in no particular order:


1. GirlyGoGarter : Useful to carry items if you prefer wearing dresses and skirts – included because sure I can carry a clutch, but I always set it down thus ruining the point of carrying the items since they aren’t immediately on hand in case of emergency – this garter with patented grips was designed to carry a phone, insulin pump and other small items like keys and a passport or an EpiPen.

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2. Concealed Carry Drop Leg Bag : I recently bought this drop leg bag and I think it looks sharp enough to blend in and be dismissed. I like that there are multiple ways to wear it and it is not just a typical crossbody bag that digs into the shoulder, and I think many drop leg or motorcycle bags could be good options for women who don’t want to carry typical purses. I feel I can always leave it clipped around my leg with the belt and leg strap unlike a purse or backpack that I might unsling and set down. This bag holds my version of the ‘Urban Altoids Tin’ that has been listed in the other EDC threads and also accommodates the medical supplies I like to keep on-hand.

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 3. Ankle Wrap : Easily concealed by pants that aren’t cut in a skinny style, another hands-free option like the garter that could store EDC basics.

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4. Pocket Belt : Smaller capacity than the drop leg bag in this list but could potentially be worn in more scenarios because it doesn’t have a leg strap. I also like that one could choose to clip more to the belt for easy access.

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5. Boot Pockets : Tucks inside tall boots and can carry small items, could be a good addition to combine with other items on this list.

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Anyone else have EDC storage options or ideas they want to share that may be useful for women?


  • Comments (3)

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      I know ladies including my wife who wear cargo shorts UNDER their skirts to carry essential EDC,  accessed via slash pockets in the skirt / dress.

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      Thanks for the suggestions Camille! 

      Right now i’m just sticking with my purse and keep it on me at all times when out of the house, but i’ll have to think about what to do in situations where I can’t have my purse on me. I liked that boot pocket idea, better than just sticking things into my socks.

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      Just watched some young ladies discussing the lifting of the ban on pop and rock festivals, and how they take stuff they dare not leave in the tent in case of theft.   Cargo pants covered  with wrap around skirts appear popular, fanny packs, money belt / garter, neck purse and neck knives  . Those close fitting horse riding type wellington boots with stuff tucked into them were also popular. and multi coloured paracord bracelets and necklaces with useful items attached appear popular.