Wednesday, April 1, 2009

EDC - Every Day Carry

I first heard this term back when I played with guns a lot, but I haven't done that in a very long time. However, I have recently been hearing the term used again, in a slightly different (but still the same) context. As in, what do you carry with you every day? If you want, you can learn more about EDC at

For me, the list is pretty simple, if you are talking about things that I actually have in pockets, etc.

  • Cell phone (my T-Mobile G1) - This has been my funnest and most practical cell phone ever. I've had Windows Mobile for a long time, and it was helpful, but the G1 is at least an order of magnitude better, and I find myself actually using it to be more productive more often. I just wish that someone could solve the battery life issue.
  • Leatherman Wave - Mine is the original edition, before the socket adapter. I have been looking at them, especially in the light of EDC, and thinking that one of the new models would be nice, with the sockets and other extensions. As a sidenote, I think that I was EDCing a knife before I even had a wallet. I remember carrying an Opinel in elementary school (before that kind of thing would get you kicked out, that is....)
  • Wallet - includes what little cash I have plus ID, credit cards, and a handful of store cards, which are being replaced by an app on my G1. Oh, and my cardkeys for work.
  • Work cell phone - basic Samsung model that was purchased by work that I rarely use.
  • Keychain - Jeep remote, Jeep key, Sandisk Cruzer Micro 8GB, and a old Swiss Army knife (Classic SD model, but I see that they have some that might be a little more appropriate for me to carry, with jump drives built in.)
  • Watch - I've been wearing one more and more recently, since my wife had my two favorite watches repaired. And, I got a new one from Disneyland. So, I am kinda cycling through them.
  • Flashlight - My preferred light right now is my SureFire E1L Outdoorsman with a KL1 head. Runs off of a CR123 battery with a 10 year shelf-life, it puts out a significant amount of light, and it's as solid as anyone has a right to expect. Battery run-time isn't the greatest (about 3.5 hours), but it's nice and compact, and always works. Since I find myself getting asked to work on this or that fairly consistently, it works well for me.
  • Toshiba Gigabeat S60 - tunes. Of course, recently, I have noticed that I don't usually carry headphones.....

That is pretty much all that I carry "on my person". But, if you add in my computer bag, or the vehicle that I am almost always very near to, that increases the load significantly. Include a couple more knives, a couple more multi-tools, several flashlights, some old-fashioned (read NOT multi-tool) tools, CD's, camera (Canon SD850 IS), basic first-aid supplies, etc.

So, what do you carry everyday? If you were to think about what you were carrying, what would you add (or eliminate)?