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My Favorite Everyday Carry (EDC) Items

Updated on January 12, 2012

Favorite Every Day Carry items

My Favorite Every Day Carry Items

I love the Boy Scouts Motto: Be Prepared. It's clear and concise. It lets me know in two words what I need to do. Be prepared for anything that comes my way. From armaggedon to a pesky piece of mail, I feel better knowing I have all the simple tools needed to make my day go just a little smoother. Oh and did I mention piece of mind?

The most common everyday carry items I carry are robust, simple to operate and have a certain elegance that stand the test of time. I'll list them below but first let me tell you s story to give you a better idea of why I carry these items everyday.

I had been going for years with carrying only keys, wallet and maybe the occasional ink pen. Not much. And for years that was all that was needed. Oh sure there were times when a knife would have come in really handy. Like the time when I was at work and I had some rope that needed cutting into sections. I didn't have a knife at the time and the only thing that saved the day was another co-worker that whipped out his sturdy blade and got the job done. It got me to thinking. If he wasn't there to save the day, I would have been out of luck or maybe even out of a job. Never again. I started to develop the habit of carrying among other things a simple Swiss Army Knife on top of my keys and wallet.

That one habit alone saved my bacon on more than one occasion. I rarely go out unless I'm carrying my trusty SAK. It's a good piece of kit. But there's another gadget that most people don't think about carrying that can also prove indispensable.

A flashlight. Yes, I know what you might be thinking. This is a little overkill but hear me out. Having a source of illumination handy can be a lifesaver. Ever drop your car keys in the snow at night? Oh boy, what a joy that is. It's easier to do than you think. Wearing winter gloves makes this goof pretty easy and if the keys ever slide under the car well, look forward to spending a couple of minutes on your hands and knees looking for the darned things. Carrying a small penlight can make retrieval of small items in the dark a snap. The light can be used for so many more tasks that one could write for hours on this one item alone.

And to round off your every day carry items.............A source of flame.

I don't smoke (anymore) and for a long time I didn't carry or need the use of a lighter. I felt that the only reason I would need to carry a lighter was to light cigars or cigarettes. Not true! At our home the wife loves to burn foo-foo smelling candles. Having to fish around in the utility closet for a lighter can be a hassle. Whipping out my trusty Zippo lighter, I can have the house smelling good in a snap. On those days we BBQ out on the grill, my lighter has come into service lots of times, getting those charcoal briquettes lit without having to go back inside to fish through said utility closet is another reason to have that source of flame in my pocket.

So there you have it. Three items that can make a world of difference when you actually take the time to put them in your pocket. The old saying "Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it" is true. I've gone weeks or months without ever having to pull these things from my pocket but that one time has payed in spades. For more info on some of the things I carry often check out the links below.


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      ariel 5 years ago

      Knives are perhaps the single most useful and versatile tool ever invented by man. It's incredible to me that some folks don't carry at least some kind of edged tool.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I find that a small knife comes in handy for so many things, but there are places where having one could get you in trouble, these days. I must have my pen, notebook, a drink, and a camera at all times. Don't start me on what I have in the car - pruning shears, rag, and a small shovel. You never know!

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      GClark 6 years ago from United States

      Useful well-written article that probably will serve as a great reminder for any former Boy Scouts. As a woman, doubt that I could find the extra space in my purse to add one extra thing so will have to rely on an escort to be prepared. Thanks for sharing. GClark