EDC (Every Day Carry)

We all have things we carry every, or nearly every day.  A casual look at Reddit’s EDC thread shows certain trends.  Often you can tell a lot about a person by what they have in their pockets, and if the person in question knows what EDC means, they probably carry at least one knife and a flashlight.  Here’s a look at the normal contents of my pockets.

Leatherman isn't paying me.

Contents include:

  • Key ring with attached monkeyfist.  I slide it under my belt or let it hang out of my pocket, so I can drag my keys up from the bottom of my pocket.  Also on the ring is a military can opener, and…
  • Leatherman Squirt ES4 Circuit Breaker with a small knife, scissors, file, screwdrivers, and of course, bottle opener.  My favorite feature–instead of pliers, it’s equipped with a set of wire strippers.
  • Hazard 4 Kevlar Wallet holding cards and some cash, that’s about all
  • LG Slider Phone because data plans are expensive, and I have a
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A replacing my Nexus 7.  Wifi is so easy to come by, and much of what can be done on a smartphone can be done on a tablet.
  • Handkerchief is not pictured because it’s gross.  Useful for everything from bodily fluids to engine oil.
  • Lighter lately I’ve been carrying a Zippo with butane insert, sometimes I carry a regular Zippo, or just a bic.
  • Single AAA Flashlight Useful for finding your keys when you drop them, looking under the hood, and a million other things.  Also a good backup in case you forget your headlamp when camping.
  • Tiny Adjustable Wrench for wrenching small nuts and bolts.
  • Zebra Mechanical Pencil 0.5 mm of course, waterproof, good functionality, writes on waterproof paper well.
  • Leatherman MUT A tool so versatile it deserves and will receive it’s own post.  Multitools are rarely the best tool for a situation, and almost always better than nothing.  The MUT has a lot of features, especially with the
  • Leatherman Bit Kit and Extention Flathead, Phillip’s, torx, and hex.  The extension adapts to standard hex bits, as well as the Leatherman ones.
  • Half a Nylon Spudger Spudgers are useful for poking and prying at electronics without breaking them.  Also, with a hole in the middle, they do a good job of holding a
  • Custom Threaded Marlinspike After a rafting trip, and several situations where a marlinspike would have been useful, I decided to add one to the MUT.
  • Blackhawk Rigger’s Belt because you never know when you might need to rappel from a helicopter.  Also the MUT, bit kit, extension, spudger, spike, and wrench live in MOLLE pouches on the belt.

That’s about it.  How about you?  What’s in your pockets?  And what else should be in mine?  Comment below.