(EDC) or every day carry refers to items that are carried on a consistent basis to assist in dealing with normal everyday needs, including possible emergency situations.
That is the technical definition. This is what it means for the average guy: items you stuff into your pockets on your way out the door. Some men need more gadgetry than others. I am not an EMT, a lumberjack, a soldier or anything equally badass, so I don’t need the higher level gear of EDC. I live in a city, I drive to work where I sit at a desk typing away on the computer and talking on the phone. With that in mind, what I want to discuss is the everyday stuff that can make your life a bit easier. In later entries, I’ll get into some more complex essentials (ie best fitness gear), but for today, I’m going to talk about what I pull out of my tray 24/7.
I’m forgetful. I set stuff down and can’t remember where I put it five minutes later. To solve this problem the important stuff like keys, phone, and wallet, I got a little tray that I keep on my dresser. I walk into my bedroom and empty out my pockets into that tray like clockwork.
PRO TIP: Do this in the same fashion every day. Make a habit out of it. Don't take off your shoes without putting your essentials in the correct place. This eliminates frantically searching through yesterday’s pants while when running late for work and your keys have disappeared. Something as simple as standardizing where you set stuff down can save so much frustration. Start there.
Most guys carry a wallet, but the quality and functionality of those wallets can vary greatly. Until December of last year, I was carrying a classic Denver Nuggets basketball skin wallet; a talking point, but not super functional. Plus, it certainly lead to a ton of Peter Pan jokes because it’s a wallet meant for a child.
I finally grew up (a bit) and got a new wallet: the Perry Ellis Bedford Passcase Portfolio Wallet. Now, I realize that title has six words in it, which is 5 more than ‘wallet,’ but bear with me. It’s $42.50, full price… which it pretty much never is online. It’s genuine leather and it smells like it, even after sitting in my back pocket for months. Right now you can get one for $17.99 during Perry Ellis’ ‘40% off sale’ because Perry Ellis doesn’t know how to calculate 40% off.
My wallet is pretty large and contains everything from my ID to my Smoothie King punch card from six years ago. The awesome thing about this wallet is the Passcase, which is a tiny sleeve that can hold your ID and a couple credit cards (or smoothie punch cards).
PRO TIP: I never carry my whole wallet out to a bar; too many important things would be lost if my whole wallet went missing (seriously, I’m about four smoothies away from a free one). So I put my ID and debit card into this sleeve and leave the bigger bulkier wallet at home!
“But Pete, keys are keys; they go on a ring with my super cool Coors Light bottle opener I got when I was 17!”
Wrong. Keys are noisy, bulky, and, most importantly, spiky. If you carry them in your pocket, those spiky parts are near your manly bits and that’s no good. Keys piss me off, there’s no two ways about it. I have my house keys separate from my car keys because both of them together was too much to carry. Now, when I leave the house to drink beer, I leave my car keys at home.
PRO TIP: Get a Keysmart, Keybar, or something similar, and don’t put your car keys on it because beers and cars don’t mix. I went with Keysmart because of all of the stuff that I can add to it… which makes me feel like Batman. Batman is cool, so now I’m cool. In addition to my keys, I have a bottle opener, an 8GB USB drive, and an iPhone charger. All of it is compact and organized. Best of all, nothing stabs me when I sit down.
I was a Cub Scout growing up. For those of you who don’t know, a Cub Scout is a Boy Scout in training. My dad, an Eagle Scout, gave me my first pocket knife when I was ten years old. The obsession took hold and, as an adult, I now own about 40. Some of them are functional for every day use, some are for more demanding tasks, and some just look cool. Obviously, carrying my SOG to work is not an option, so I have a different pocket knife that I use on a daily basis. In this case, classics are the best.
I carry the Victrinox Pioneer Alox; a simple elegant design with very few bells and whistles. Mine has a straight blade, a reamer/punch, a wire stripper, a 3mm and 5mm screwdriver, a bottle opener and a can opener. The knife blade is by far the most used, followed closely by the bottle opener. Its light (2.5 oz) and super slim, so you can barely feel it in your pocket. It serves its purpose without being overly flashy and unnecessarily heavy.
PRO TIP: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Victrinox has been making some of the best pocket knives for generations and they’re who I trust for my EDC knife.
EDC (every day carry) is meant to make your day-to-day routine easier and these products and practices are a sure fire way to start simplifying your life. I can vouch for the tools habits alike, as they have served me well on a daily basis since putting them into practice. Now, go forth and simplify.
- Peter Davidson
Whether you need to know how to do a proper squat, what sort of stuff to carry around with you on a daily basis, or the best thing to grill in the summer, Peter is your guy. With a background as a physical trainer and a penchant for EDC (Everyday Carry), Peter will make sure you have the tools you need to survive in the world.
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