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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."