Everyday Carry (EDC) – The Definitive Guide (2022)

This is the ultimate guide to Everyday Carry in 2022.

So if you want to know:

  • Basics of everyday carry
  • Importance of everyday carry in daily life
  • Top EDC Essentials for 2022

Then you’ll love this new guide.

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Contents

 

It’s no doubt you’ve seen these letters floating around: EDC. So, what is EDC, or “Everyday Carry,” and what does it entail? Well, for starters, it’s just what it sounds like, and in this guide, we’ll cover everything that you need to know, including what to carry, how to carry it, and even how to pack your bag to ensure that you’re always ready for whatever comes your way. 


Chapter 1: What Is EDC?

 

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EDC stands for everyday carry. Everyday carry refers to the gear, or “stuff,” that people carry every day. For some people, it’s a watch, pocketknife, keys, a smartphone, etc. However, when you’re looking to stay prepared, you might need more than just a few things you can fit in your pocket. 


This is the perfect instance for an EDC kit that you can fill with all the essentials and make sure that you have everything with you, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Some people don’t even think about the possibilities they could come upon in their day-to-day lives, and it’s probably for the best if you want to keep a positive attitude. Still, it’s certainly not going to be helpful if you’re trying to protect yourself and be realistic (and prepared). 


EDC gear usually includes things like flashlights, multitools, knives, a slimmer wallet, and so forth. Essentially, you’re looking for items that will help you out in an emergency or that are going to make your everyday life easier. There is some variance in what people consider essential for their kits or even what people want to carry. Still, ultimately, there are some core items that most people would consider essentials these days that everyone should be aware of. 


People have been carrying necessary items with them for centuries, and although the exact origin of EDC is unknown, the concept is one that’s stood the test of time, and for a good reason. It can be a waterproof notebook for a field ranger at the park or a portable keyboard for someone in programming—it can be whatever you need to be prepared for just about anything. 

Before we discuss the essentials of a good kit, let’s talk a little more about why you need an EDC kit and what it can do for you. 


Chapter 2: Why Do You Need an EDC Kit?

 

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There are several benefits to carrying an EDC kit, whether it’s got a few essentials or a full selection of tools and gadgets to help you in a myriad of situations. A thoughtful kit will ensure that you’re prepared to tackle routine tasks and even handle the occasional curveball. 

A few good reasons for investing in a good EDC kit include:

1-Preparation: 

When you have an EDC collection, you’re preparing yourself for any number of unexpected situations. Even just a multitool would make you more prepared than about 90% of the people in the world. Even if you think you’ll never need it, that sense of being ready for anything helps bolster confidence and self-reliance. In the world we live in, self-reliance is a skill worth cultivating. 


2-Protection:

protection

 You’d like to assume that you’ll never need it, but you can’t make any guarantees since the world is unpredictable. An EDC that includes a flashlight and knife can deter people from bothering you when they might otherwise hassle you on the street, for one example. What if you’re broken down in the mountains and need a flashlight to scare away critters while you wait for help or fix the problem? You will be protected, no matter what.


3-Saving Time/Money:

 

 Even though we live in a world where almost everything is within reach or not far from it, having an EDC can still save you time and money. For example, instead of stopping what you’re doing to run to the hardware store for a new screwdriver, you’ll have one on your multitool that’s ready to go to work. It makes it easy to handle everyday projects and emergencies and saves valuable time and cash. 


4-Helping Others: 

Not everyone is going to have their own EDC kit. As we mentioned in the first perk about being prepared, as many as 90% of people don’t even carry a knife or multitool to protect themselves or set themselves up for success. Thus, if you’ve got the suitable kit with the right tools, you’ll be able to help others as much as you help yourself with this kit. 


The peace of mind that you get from planning and having an everyday carry kit that you keep can go a lot further than you think. Going through life with fewer worries and stressors means you can spend more time enjoying it. Plus, your friends and family will love it when you become the go-to guy (or girl) for all the random needs and issues that pop up throughout the day. 

Whether you call it an EDC kit, survival gear, or anything else, we call it a great way to protect yourself and others and be a more efficient, practical human being. It’s convenient, helps keep you organized, and so much more. 

Ready to put together your kit? We’ll cover what you need to include in the next chapter. 


Chapter 3 – Top EDC Essentials for 2022


As mentioned, there are some everyday carry items that you’ll want to include in your EDC kit. While you can pick and choose between different styles and selections, the edc tools below will ensure that you’re prepared for any potential situation that may arise on the day-to-day. 


1-Knife

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A reliable, multipurpose knife is a must-have in any EDC kit. This knife could be a simple pocket edc knife or switchblade, or it could be part of your multitool. Consider the function and use of the knife first and foremost because you’ll need it to handle everyday tasks and any potential emergencies. You’ll want something that fits into your kit, but that still provides you with the features that you need. 

It may be best to have a knife separate from your multitool if you need more than a small penknife or your multitool’s knife isn’t quite up to snuff. Consider something discreet but offers plenty of function and protection, which is easy to open and close. You don’t need to spend 10 minutes fidgeting with that excellent knife because you have no idea how to complete it. Function first when it comes to tactical gear, after all. 


2-Wallet

 

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Today’s selection of wallets offers many options for the prepared individual. You can find everything from tactical wallets to slim wallets that keep your pockets clutter-free and more. Choosing the right edc wallet is all about making sure that you can carry everything you need, access it quickly, and keep it secure. Consider a hard shell or water-resistant features if you want to go tactical, but primary function and style are your two biggest concerns. The good news is that when it comes to style, the market today has something for just about everyone. 

Don’t carry anything in your wallet that you don’t regularly use, either. All those discount cards are going to take up way too much space—download the app if you can, and if you can’t, make sure that you’re only carrying the cards you use regularly. Most places can look accounts up if you want the points or rewards. 


3-Flashlight

flashlight for everyday carry

 

A suitable flashlight can do a lot to keep you prepared for plenty of situations. Today, many people rely on the edc flashlight app on their smartphones, but what if you’re in a situation where that won’t work? Having an actual flashlight is going to make a big difference. You can find all kinds of high-powered, pocket-sized models, thanks to modern LED technology, so you don’t even have to tote around a big one for the light that you need. 

Some flashlights come as penlights or are part of their multitool, so consider that in your search, as well, because you might be able to find one tool that knocks a few different items off your EDC list—another consideration here: batteries. As part of your EDC, it’s going to be best if you choose a flashlight that takes watch batteries or something similar so that those aren’t adding weight to your kit. 


4-Watch

 

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Many people have forgotten watches because they’ve got clocks on their smartphones, computers, vehicles, and other electronics—who needs a watch anymore? Well, if you’re somewhere that you’re not around other electronics or you’re out of cell range, for example, that watch can come in handy. Today’s edc watches come in all styles and with a variety of additional functions in addition to keeping time. You can find watches with chronographs, date and time functions, and more. 

What about the Smartwatch? Well, if you’ve got one, that’s great. However, we’re still going to caution that you’ll want a traditional watch that runs on batteries for your EDC. You’re preparing for anything that may come your way—what if you’re not somewhere a Smartwatch can get a signal, or what if it dies and you’re without a charger? Choose a comfortable, durable watch with the features or functions you want. If you wish, you can even choose a stylish model (or two) to keep up with fashion, but make sure the function is there above all else. 


5-Phone

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These days, everyone has a smartphone that provides plenty of space for storing information so that you don’t have to carry things with you physically. It also doubles as a map, a camera, a computer to look things up, a payment solution, a notepad, and so on, and so on. The capabilities of your phone may depend on your line of work, too, such as in the case of contractors and construction workers who also have estimating tools on their phones (which are conveniently designed to be sturdier and more durable than traditional smartphones, too). 

Yes, there may be times that you find yourself in a situation where a smartphone isn’t much assistance. However, on the day-to-day, you can do just about anything on your phone that you need, from paying bills to doing your taxes, buying groceries, and even finding unique local spots to visit. Today’s smartphones have enough features that they’re well-worth considering part of the EDC kit, even if they’re only used to keep in touch. 


6-Lighter

lighter

Having a lighter be handy in many instances, and you don’t even need anything very fancy. You could consider the torch-style lighters that are out there, but a small, simple pocket lighter should do the trick. Since it’s the 21st century, we don’t have to carry matches or rub two sticks together to create a fire—we can carry fire in our pocket. Modern everyday carry lighters come in tons of styles and designs, including basic disposable lighters to custom models. 

Make sure you choose a model that isn’t leaked when stored and carried. Although this isn’t usually a problem, it could happen with some cheaper brands of refillable lighters. The last thing you want is a flammable EDC bag, or even worse, to get lighter fluid all over your pants when it’s in your pocket. Some electronic lighters and models don’t use lighter fluid, so that could be an option if you want something different. 


7-Pen

 

Tactical EDC Pen

Even with a smartphone, you should always carry a pen. You never know when you might need one in day-to-day life. Whether it’s signing the receipt at lunch or signing for that shipment, or even writing down essential information when you can’t get to your phone, an edc  pen will be a convenient tool. It doesn’t have to be anything special. Just make sure that it works well and won’t give out on you in a pinch. 

We recommend ball-point pens as they’re less likely to leak than other styles, but if you’ve got a favorite, go ahead and toss it in. Just make sure that if you lend out your pen, you get it back or replace it so that you’re not left without it. You can even find mini-size pens today that are more portable, as well as ones with clips and other attachments, so they’re handy on the go. 


8-Notebook

 

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Along with that pen, you should always carry a small edc notebook. Otherwise, what are you going to write about? A memo pad or something of similar size should be more than enough. If you are prone to needing paper a lot, you might want to choose a slightly larger notebook that suits your needs. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. This can even be a simple essential notebook or pocket-sized pad from the dollar store. 

If you are in a specific line of work or situation where waterproof items matter, you might want to research the available waterproof notebooks and more durable paper options to have in your EDC kit. However, an essential notebook is usually enough for the average EDC enthusiast. Don’t buy a full-size notebook unless you’re prepared to tote it around all day (such as if you have a briefcase or backpack). 


9-Multitool 

 

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A good multitool can go a long way. If you’re only going to add one item to your EDC list, this would be the one to choose. Multitools come in tons of different styles and sizes and include all kinds of tools to help you out in a pinch. You can find everything from a simple multitool with a knife and screwdrivers to a Swiss army knife that features more gadgets and accessories than you might ever need in one day. 

Today’s market includes many different options for both high-end multitools and basic models, so you should be able to find something for any budget. If you purchase a multitool with a good knife, you can even cross that off your list because there’s no need to carry two of them throughout the day. Look for multitools that are designed to be durable and that have the features that you want. 


10-Sunglasses

 

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Sunglasses are essential protection for your eyes. They’ll also make it easier on you when driving or if you’re out boating for the day. Even just getting in a round of golf could be more enjoyable with the right UV-protected shades. While style is essential, you’ll want to look at what kind of UV protection the sunglasses offer first and foremost. After all, if they’re supposed to protect your eyes, they need to have the right features. 

You can find plenty of stylish options out there today. If you’ve got glasses already, consider prescription sunglasses, transitions, or a clip-on that you can use and put away as needed. 



Chapter 4 – Things to Consider When Putting Together Your EDC List


So, you know what your kit should contain. What else do you need to consider here? Well, there are a few different things that will impact your EDC, including what you use in the day and what kind of activities you’re doing. For example, someone hiking a trail would need a more rugged, readily available EDC than someone just going to the office who *might* run into a pesky piece of strapping tape that only his pocket knife can defeat. 

  • Occupation/Daily Routine

When planning your EDC kit, the first thing you need to consider is your daily routine and occupation. Since the EDC essentially needs to be helpful in common everyday issues or other situations that require immediate action, the items you carry will be different based on your occupation and what you do in a day. 

For example, a waterproof watch might be a must for an offshore rig worker, while a watch with weather data could benefit someone in a fickle climate. 

  • Location/Weather Concerns

This is another important factor. The environmental concerns and weather of where you will impact what you carry and how you carry it. Will you need a waterproof or water-resistant EDC bag? Are you going to want to pack an umbrella in your EDC in case of rain? And if you live somewhere that it’s prone to extreme weather, you want to have emergency supplies and provisions in addition to your essential EDC gear. 


What EDC items will be most useful to you?

This is about the essentials. The point is to have various items that help you be ready for different situations. If you were to pack everything you could think of, you wouldn’t be able to carry it all, let alone sort through it when you need something. 

Take the time to think about which items will be most likely to benefit you in your day-to-day life. These are the things that will assist you with convenience and self-preservation. Consider what that means to you when choosing the essentials for your own EDC kit. 


Do you have a pack (or pockets) to carry it all?

Once you’ve decided to compile an EDC kit, you’ll typically have two categories of items: on-body and off-body. For example, your wallet and phone can likely stay in your pockets, while the flashlight that you choose and your notebook and pen might be better stored in a small bag or tote. There are tons of great options for EDC kits today, including everything from the standard options to unique EDC kits and packs designed specifically for tactical use by those who want something different. 


Chapter 5 – How to Carry Your EDC


You have two main options for carrying your EDC: on-body and off-body. Unless you’re going to go full armor and strap every part of your EDC to your body, your belt holster, etc., having something to hold all your items is going to make a big difference. 

Consider how you want to carry your EDC. If a bag or pack is too much for you right now, maybe you’ll pare it down to just the essentials that you can fit into your pockets. Perhaps you’ll work on upgrading your kit over time once you find the ideal carrying solution for your tastes. Whatever you choose, ensure that your EDC is always accessible yet safely stored, not damaged in transit. 

If you take advantage of the Internet, you’ll find people who share their own EDC carry methods, including what pockets hold which items, when they decided to upgrade to a small bag or tactical kit, and so forth. This can also help you make better decisions about your own EDC and how you want to carry it to ensure that it’s always there when you need it. 


Bonus tip: Some people pack their EDC based on their handedness—if you find reaching into your right front pocket is most accessible, but the most-used items there, for example. This is for on-body EDC, of course. We’ll discuss packing your bag next. 


Chapter 6 – How to Pack Your EDC Bag 


The first thing you have to do is get your EDC bag and all of the essentials you want to keep with you. This list may grow as you go but start with everything you can think of. And for everything that you add, don’t worry because you’ll probably eventually realize that there are non-essentials that you can get rid of along the way. 

Lay all your items out in a neatly organized fashion next to your bag. Please start with the most important and heaviest items first and pack them in. Consider whether you’re going to use pockets for small items or specific things you’ll need quick and easy access to. Choose a big enough bag to hold everything but small enough to carry comfortably daily. 

Most importantly, once you’ve packed your EDC bag, try accessing the items inside. If they’re easy to get to, you’re good to go. If you find yourself fumbling around to get what you need, you might want to consider repacking and giving it another go. The biggest thing is to pack it in a way that works for you.


                      Frequently Asked questions 

What should be my everyday carry?

Following are the must have items for everyday carry

  1. Mobile Phone. Multi-tool. 
  2. Multi-tool 
  3. Notebook
  4. Wallet
  5. Flashlight
  6. Watch
  7. First Aid Kit
  8. Lighter

What is EDC in prepping?

EDC in preparing stands for everyday carry. This refers to the essentials which a man should carry on a daily basis like phone, lighter, watch wallet etc. These are the things which you carry in your pockets or in your bag when you are in a campaign like camping, hiking or for long traveling.

Why is everyday carry so popular?

Everyday carry’s popularity is growing day by day as there are several benefits like preparation, protection, help of others, saving of money and time. 


A thoughtful kit will ensure that you’re prepared to tackle routine tasks and even handle the occasional curveball. 


What is in your everyday carry bag?

Your Everyday carry bag must consist of the following essentials.

  1. Mobile Phone
  2. Multi-tool 
  3. Notebook
  4. Wallet
  5. Flashlight
  6. Watch
  7. First Aid Kit
  8. Lighter




Conclusion


Once you become accustomed to the EDC lifestyle, you may never go back to just walking out the door empty-handed and ill-prepared. Of course, part of the success lies in choosing the right EDC and setting yourself up for success. With the tips in this guide, you’ll be ready to go out into the world with confidence, knowing that you’ve got everything that you need. 





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