Everyday carry (EDC) - in progress

A Listmania! list by Johnny LaGuardia (New England)
The list author says: "My EDC kit is meant to cover the "10 Essentials" in an compact way.
It is not a 72-hr bug-out bag/go-bag. I wanted a kit small enough to take pretty much everywhere that would aid in minor emergencies and maybe see me through a night in adverse conditions. Some people would call this a "get home bag." Of course, your needs will vary depending on how far you tend to be from home on a typical day (I'm usually within about 5 miles) and the climate in your area.

Although part of a larger preparedness project, some of these items are used daily in non-life-threatening situations.

There is some redundancy (e.g. matches and spark-lighter), but I think that's good, within reason."
LRI PPRO Proton Pro White/Red, 2-Colors-in-1 LED Flashlight, 1-Pack
1.  LRI PPRO Proton Pro White/Red, 2-Colors-in-1 LED Flashlight, 1-Pack by LRI
The list author says:
  "Single AA-battery. Variable brightness and flashing/signalling (including SOS) modes on both the white and red beams (the picture shows two flashlights, but both red and white bulbs are built into each flashlight; you use one button to control both)."
$43.60   Used & New from: $41.85
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Victorinox Swiss Army Swisstool Spirit Plus with Leather Pouch
2.  Victorinox Swiss Army Swisstool Spirit Plus with Leather Pouch by Victorinox
The list author says:
  "The Swisstool Spirit is smaller than the Swisstool; "Plus" means it comes with separate bit wrench and 6 hex, philips, & torx bits, with extra spaces in the bit holder.

Pliers
Wire cutters, bender, stripper
Scissors
Bottle opener
Can opener
Serrated, blunt tip blade
Metal file/saw
Wood saw
Awl
Phillips and flat screwdrivers
Chisel/scraper
Ruler
Corkscrew & eyeglass screwdriver"
$109.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Adventure Medical Heatsheets Emergency Blanket
3.  Adventure Medical Heatsheets Emergency Blanket by Adventure Medical Kits
The list author says:
  "Like a "space blanket", but this is only reflective on one side (to retain body heat) and hi-vis orange on the other. This brand is said to be more durable and less crinkly-noisy than cheaper space-type blankets."
$6.95   Used & New from: $3.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Coleman Emergency Poncho - 1 Poncho - Assorted colors
4.  Coleman Emergency Poncho - 1 Poncho - Assorted colors by Coleman
The list author says:
  "I almost never leave home without a jacket, but not always a waterproof one.  Could also use it for a dry surface to sit on or to cover your pack/gear."
$3.51   Used & New from: $0.01
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Buff Original Headwear
5.  Buff Original Headwear by Buff
The list author says:
  "The Buff is a deceptively simple tube of lightweight microfiber that can be folded/twisted in various ways to wear. Folds up as small as a bandana.
Multipurpose gear is great for EDC; this can be a hat or balaclava in cool weather, sweat-absorbing & quick-drying headband in hot weather, or a face mask (just nose and mouth or in balaclava form) to protect against inhaling debris or sand."
$13.47 - $23.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (541 customer reviews)

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Survival Matches 2 Pack Headercard
6.  Survival Matches 2 Pack Headercard by Pro Force
The list author says:
  "For EDC, you can carry 8 of these matches in the tiny plastic vial that holds the tweezers in the Pocket Medic Kit below (if you leave the tweezers loose in the pouch). I keep strips of striking material (these are not "strike anywhere" and won't light on just anything) in the plastic pouch of the Medic Kit. Or stow a few (with striking material) inside the Spark-Lite kit below."
$8.95   Used & New from: $3.26
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Spark-Lite Fire Starter Hunter Orange
7.  Spark-Lite Fire Starter Hunter Orange by Spark-Lite
The list author says:
  "Operated one-handed (with the thumb, like a lighter), but works like a firesteel (throws sparks; does not directly produce fire).
Aim sparks at a fluffed-up Tinder-Quik (or other tinder) to start a fire.
No lighter fluid to worry about.
A similar set is sold without the plastic box.
Tactical option: green color"
$7.95   Used & New from: $7.41
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Four Seasons Survival Tinder-Quik Fire Tab
8.  Four Seasons Survival Tinder-Quik Fire Tab by Four Seasons Survival
The list author says:
  "Extra tabs to refill the Spark-Lite set above."
$3.20   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

Suunto Clipper L Micro Compass (Luminous Bezel)
9.  Suunto Clipper L Micro Compass (Luminous Bezel) by Suunto
The list author says:
  "Right now I carry a less expensive button compass, but I'm thinking of upgrading to this."
Out of stock
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Streetwise Southern New England Map - Laminated Area Road Map of Southern New England
10.  Streetwise Southern New England Map - Laminated Area Road Map of Southern New England by Streetwise Maps
The list author says:
  "A map is handy if you need to plot an alternate route in case a road is blocked by flooding (as happened here in New England a couple weeks before I started this list) or other incident. Get a laminated one like this (or laminate one yourself) so you can use it in the rain."
Out of stock

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle
11.  Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle by Klean Kanteen
The list author says:
  "Unlined; choose uncoated stainless steel, so you can boil water in it if necessary, but I like to carry a titanium mug (below) for that.
My EDC water bottle is only 12 oz., but I usually also have with me a 16 oz insulated bottle (for coffee) that I can store (but not boil!) water in."
$14.00 - $721.34
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,448 customer reviews)

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Evernew Titanium Mug - 400ml with Folding Handle and Lid
12.  Evernew Titanium Mug - 400ml with Folding Handle and Lid by EVERNEW
The list author says:
  "Single-walled, so it can be used to boil water (and melt snow) for purification before drinking (or preparing backpacking food, etc.). The clean water can then refill the water bottle. The narrow-mouth Klean Kanteen (up to 27 oz) actually nests into this mug, but the cup lid won't fit on top.
Lid prevents lip-burning when drinking hot stuff."
$31.40
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Sea to Summit Titanium Utensils
13.  Sea to Summit Titanium Utensils by Sea to Summit
The list author says:
  "I actually eat lunch with my folding spork (in fact from REI, but very similar to this).
Any emergency kit should include an eating utensil because you don't want to get sick from eating with potentially unclean hands."
$11.95 - $16.99
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide Tablets
14.  Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide Tablets by Potable Aqua
The list author says:
  "Kills viruses, bacteria, and cysts in water (not effective against chemical contamination). I carry a few of the individually packed tablets (1 tablet treats 1 quart of water) in my first aid kit as an alternative to boiling the water.
Advantages of chlorine dioxide over iodine: less change to the color & taste of water; effective against Cryptosporidia."
$10.22   Used & New from: $7.20
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Pocket Pals Instant Spray Hand Sanitizer 2 Pack
15.  Pocket Pals Instant Spray Hand Sanitizer 2 Pack by Pocket Pals
The list author says:
  "Alcohol-based hand sanitizer for hygiene, of course, but can also help with fire-lighting. I like the spray better than regular bottles, since you can control the output and there's less chance of the cap opening in your bag. I've refilled spray bottles from jumbo refill bottles of sanitizer without problem. You can easily find similar things locally."
Out of stock

Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Medic First Aid Kit - --/--
16.  Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Medic First Aid Kit - --/-- by Adventure Medical Kits
The list author says:
  "You could put together your own first aid kit in an altoids tin or something, but this is a quick and easy way to get a few basics and there is room to add a few things in the plastic pouch, which is thicker than a regular ziploc-type bag. The tweezers are a bonus; sturdier than those on a swiss army knife, with sharp points."
Out of stock

Maurice Sporting Goods 50Ct Comp Disp Towel Ezt120-50 Fisherman's Tools
17.  Maurice Sporting Goods 50Ct Comp Disp Towel Ezt120-50 Fisherman's Tools by Maurice Sporting Goods
The list author says:
  "Tuck a couple of these into your first aid kit. On contact with water, they expand from something like an overgrown Altoid to a 9 x 10 in cloth (thin like cheesecloth, but fairly sturdy)."
$8.01   Used & New from: $3.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Kleenex Pocket Pack White Tissue
18.  Kleenex Pocket Pack White Tissue by Kleenex
The list author says:
  "I like to carry a pack or two. Regular uses and emergency TP (this has definitely come in handy abroad)."
Used & New from: $16.00
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Rite In The Rain Field Flex Pocket Memo - Universal #374-M 3 x 5
19.  Rite In The Rain Field Flex Pocket Memo - Universal #374-M 3 x 5 by J.L. Darling
The list author says:
  "For making notes, drawing maps, etc. in wet conditions. Use a pencil or a waterproof pen. This is the smallest version, I think, and is stapled, rather than spiral-bound like some other versions.
Tactical option: green color"
$6.56   Used & New from: $2.12
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Fisher Space Pen, Stowaway Space Pen with Clip, Red (SWY/C-RED)
20.  Fisher Space Pen, Stowaway Space Pen with Clip, Red (SWY/C-RED) by Fisher
The list author says:
  "Use with Rite in the Rain paper, above.
Tactical option: black color"
$10.00   Used & New from: $6.47
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

USBCELL MXAA02 AA Rechargable Battery - 2 Cell Pack
21.  USBCELL MXAA02 AA Rechargable Battery - 2 Cell Pack by Moixa
The list author says:
  "Back-up power for the Photon Proton.
Not the highest capacity batteries, but the PP normally has a lithium battery installed. The pro is I can use the same usb wall charger that I carry for my phone (or any computer with a usb port). They also have an indicator light right on the battery that will show the charging status."
$15.30   Used & New from: $13.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

Scosche SolBAT II Solar Powered Backup Battery and Charger for iPods & Other MP3 Players (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
22.  Scosche SolBAT II Solar Powered Backup Battery and Charger for iPods & Other MP3 Players (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Scosche
The list author says:
  "Emergency power for your cell phone. Standard usb output. A suction cup mounts it to your car window and a carabiner allows you to clip it to the outside of a bag etc. Can also be charged by usb, so you could use a car (or other usb) charger on it for faster filling (the panel is small and so can take several days to charge fully in the sun)."
$14.99   Used & New from: $7.95
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

Scosche IPUSBM flipSYNC Keychain USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPod and iPhone
23.  Scosche IPUSBM flipSYNC Keychain USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPod and iPhone by Scosche
The list author says:
  "Assuming you use an iPhone, this is a convenient sync/charge cable to use with the above solar usb charger, giving a compact, off-grid emergency power supply. Can be attached to your keyring. Design keeps the connectors protected when not in use. Scosche also makes a model for BlackBerry."
$2.99   Used & New from: $0.75
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast Coffee by Starbucks Coffee
24.  Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast Coffee by Starbucks Coffee by Starbucks
The list author says:
  "Supposedly even dissolves in cold water. If you can't drink it unsweetened, look for the Via made specifically for iced coffee; it has sugar included. You never know when you might need a bit of caffeine."
$16.49   Used & New from: $15.00
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Osprey Resource Tilt Sling Bag
25.  Osprey Resource Tilt Sling Bag by Osprey
The list author says:
  "What I carry it all in: a small 600 cu in. (10 liters) bag. Open pocket on back, zip pocket on front with key clip, small pocket on top, water bottle sleeve, strap pocket for cell phone. Main compartment with zip mesh pocket, pen holders, card slots. The nearest thing Osprey still makes may be the Veer, which is similar except it has a standard shoulder strap rather than the sling-style."
Out of stock
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Citizen Men's BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Canvas Strap Watch
26.  Citizen Men's BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Canvas Strap Watch by Citizen
The list author says:
  "The lowest price Eco-Drive (solar-powered). Replace the band with a Zulu- or NATO-style (makes it nearly impossible to lose the watch).
Even in these days of having the time displayed on cell phones, I consider a watch an EDC item; there are still places where you can't have a phone on. Emergency uses include timing water purification by tablet, knowing how long you have before sunset, etc."
$101.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,106 customer reviews)

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