I thought it may be interesting to share some of my every day carry (EDC) items in the hopes it can be informative and also spark a discussion on the every day items that you carry.
Each of the items in my EDC have a specific purpose. Will these items change and evolve over time? Probably. But I don’t expect it will change too much.
First off, my keychain. I picked this carabiner at a local hardware store. The carabiner carries car key fobs, a few Customer Value Cards and two USB drives. Nothing more.
The larger of the two USB drives is a Samsung 128GB USB3.0 stick. It easily fits on my key ring, making it unforgettable. In the past, I’ve used USB drives that were standalone. In my own experience, these tend to get lost rather easily.
To its right is my trusty Field Notes. I’ve been using Field Notes for almost a year. They have been very effective in tracking my to-do’s, honey-do’s, goals, and other incidental (but important) items I need to remember. What I like most about Field Notes is its portability. When it’s not in use, it stays comfortably in my back pocket. When I need to write something down, it’s always available at the ready. I write faster than I text, making Field Notes trump my iPhone for quick entry.
And speaking of iPhone, I carry an iPhone 7, sporting 128GB. I procured one a month before the iPhone 8 and X hit the market and have no regrets about not opting for the newer models. It’s a noticeable improvement from my iPhone 6s and has enough storage to accommodate all my music and photos. I’m not too upset over the lack of a separate headphone jack. It’s less of a big deal to me as I primarily use my iPhone standalone. When I need to listen to music, I’ll use the headphones that came in the box.
I always keep my iPhone in a case. For my iPhone 7, I use an Otterbox Strada Series Folio model that has a comfortable leather enclosure with an interior slot to hold credit cards on the inside of the opening flap. The flap latches by way of magnet, keeping the unit self-contained. I’ve accidentally dropped my iPhone 7 a few times in the intervening months and the Otterbox Strada case has worked like a champ in protecting it each time. The sticker is to aid visibility as the case blends into its surroundings on its own.
I’m old school, at least as far as watches are concerned. I wear a 15 year old Fossil watch, gifted to me by my wife shortly after we got married. It requires a new battery every year, but that’s a small price to pay for its functionality and good looks.
My wallet is a minimalistic affair. I use a Serman Brands wallet. It forces me to keep what I carry to a minimum. It’s made of leather and has a really nice patina from the time I’ve used it. It’s the best wallet I’ve owned, to be perfectly honest.
Lastly, I wield a Tom Bihn Synapse 25 backpack, purchased last year. It’s the first backpack I’ve owned since 1997. It’s my daily driver to and from campus. I also brought it on our family vacation in December. It’s held up really well and it’s incredibly comfort to wear.
For my every day carry, quality, comfort and reliability are a must. These items do all that and more, for my use case.
What’s in your every day carry?