Everyday Carry (EDC)

A Listmania! list by Adam D. Edwards (United States of America)
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The list author says: "This is a cursory list of tools that should be carried on a daily basis by both men and women. Carrying an EDC is a part of a general philosophy of preparedness and self sufficiency which applies equally to both genders. Proper care should be taken when using all of these tools to minimize their risk and maximize their effectiveness.

For many the EDC is a collector's hobby, and large sums of money are spent to have unique items. For the purposes of this list, I will focus on a balance between quality, utility, and thrift.

A general axiom of the EDC community is "two is one, one is none." This maxim of gear redundancy is meant to prevent catastrophic failures in the field (i.e. you need a flashlight to find your missing contact and you only light is dead) as well as to prepare for the event of lost gear.

This list is designed for an EDC which will fit into the pockets of your pants, without the need for a bag or purse. A separate (and forthcoming) list will contain an expanded every day carry (EEDC) which subsumes the objects on this list and adds several others.

This list also has a slightly outdoorsy edge to it, but I think that it translates well into either a backcountry or urban setting. Hopefully you will agree."
Surefire T1A Titan Variable-Output LED Flashlight
1.  Surefire T1A Titan Variable-Output LED Flashlight by SureFire
The list author says:
  "A flashlight is an important part of the EDC, and getting a quality flashlight is very important. I use this particular light because of its size and the variable output.

Many people will include a flashlight on their keychain instead of having another object loose in their pockets. I find this light to be a little too large for a keychain."
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Saddleback Leather ID Wallet: Full Grain Leather with 100 Year Warranty
2.  Saddleback Leather ID Wallet: Full Grain Leather with 100 Year Warranty by Saddleback Leather Co.
The list author says:
  "A simple wallet. Enough to hold an ID, a few cards, and some cash. Size up or down as necessary. Having a smaller wallet will prevent you from stuffing it full of receipts and loyalty cards for places you've only been once."
$33.00
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Leatherman 64010103K Micra Multitool
3.  Leatherman 64010103K Micra Multitool by Leatherman
The list author says:
  "Again, a selection from my own EDC. The multitool is probably the most versatile and useful part of the EDC. Mine lives on my keychain and is perfectly sized for nearly any task which requires a knife.

Swiss Army Knives (SAK) are a common pick as well, and there are many fantastic choices from Victorinox and Wenger, among others, available. The Super Tinker from Victorinox is a favorite."
$20.21   Used & New from: $9.99
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Nite Ize SB3-03-01 Size-3 S-Biner, Black
4.  Nite Ize SB3-03-01 Size-3 S-Biner, Black by Nite Ize
The list author says:
  "Something to hold keys. I use this for now, but I am looking to upgrade. I recommend something sturdy, with a gate that either does not open or is very secure."
$2.44   Used & New from: $0.01
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Fisher Space Pen Bullet Chrome Finish, Gift Boxed (400)
5.  Fisher Space Pen Bullet Chrome Finish, Gift Boxed (400) by Fisher
The list author says:
  "Fisher Space Pens are small, easy to refill, and carry easily. It is always a good idea to have your own pen. Personally, I carry a Pilot G2 gel pen for everyday use."
$16.16   Used & New from: $14.75
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Moleskine Cahier Journal (Set of 3), Pocket, Ruled, Black, Soft Cover (3.5 x 5.5): Set of 3 Ruled Journals
6.  Moleskine Cahier Journal (Set of 3), Pocket, Ruled, Black, Soft Cover (3.5 x 5.5): Set of 3 Ruled Journals by Moleskine
The list author says:
  "A bit of paper to write down notes, ideas, lists and important information. Ubiquitous capture is a fantastic idea for anyone with even a slightly faulty memory.

For a less hipstery method of note taking, use some 3X5 note cards clipped together with a small binder clip."
$8.06   Used & New from: $4.90
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Zippo High Polish Chrome Pocket Lighter
7.  Zippo High Polish Chrome Pocket Lighter by Zippo
The list author says:
  "Your standard firestarting device. Keep it fueled and in good shape. Even if you don't smoke, carrying a lighter can often be valuable and it takes up next to no space."
$13.46   Used & New from: $10.29
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Apple iPod touch 32GB Black MC544L/A (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
8.  Apple iPod touch 32GB Black MC544L/A (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Apple
The list author says:
  "Some sort of cell phone/digital device has become a part of virtually everyone's EDC. This little guy packs quite a lot of tools into one slim package, but there are some things it just can't do. While many people will forgo carrying a flashlight and use their phones instead, I challenge anyone to cut parachute cord or start a fire with one of these."
$219.99   Used & New from: $50.00
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Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, .15-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 4)
9.  Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, .15-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 4) by Burt's Bees
The list author says:
  "Keep your lips in decent shape. Another addition to the EDC that pays far greater benefits than the corresponding decrease in empty pocket space."
$8.49   Used & New from: $4.99
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Black Solid Color Bandana (22" x 22")
10.  Black Solid Color Bandana (22" x 22") by Army Universe
The list author says:
  "Another item with a plethora of uses, the basic bandanna or handkerchief is a fantastic addition to any EDC. Blow your nose, clean up messes, patch up a wound, prefilter water, mop your brow, the possibilities might as well be endless.

For a fancier occasion, go with a nicer handkerchief."
$4.99
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Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Deep Clean Cool Mint Flavor Floss 40 M (Pack of 6)
11.  Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Deep Clean Cool Mint Flavor Floss 40 M (Pack of 6) by Oral B
The list author says:
  "I carry floss as part of my EDC because I always wish that I had some whenever I don't. If you don't use it, don't carry it. Believe it or not, this too is an item with multiple uses, if you're willing to get creative."
$17.94
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Lego Star Wars 851659 Boba Fett Key Chain
12.  Lego Star Wars 851659 Boba Fett Key Chain by Star Wars
The list author says:
  "Aesthetic value, as well as personal expression, is a large part of the practice of EDC. Include something that you find interesting, that has some of your personal tastes or values readily apparent in it, or is just sort of cool.

Note that this does not actually require you to carry an additional bauble."
$7.99   Used & New from: $3.49
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