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Rank Your EDC In Order Of Importance

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by thegrouch314, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. thegrouch314

    thegrouch314 Loaded Pockets

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    Inspired by a comment on another thread, what is the most important item in your EDC and why?

    I'm a student in an urban area, although I have a long drive each day. My EDC is probably gonna be different to yours.

    My order:
    Phone
    Car Keys
    Headphones
    Lighter
    Pen
    Wallet
    Notebook
    SAK
    Flashlight
    Housekeys

    My phone is by far the most important to me. For uni I can research, write up notes, record lectures, read and do most things I need to on my phone. I can pay for stuff with my phone so it doesn't matter if I forget my wallet, which is why wallet is so low down.Also good for listening to podcasts while driving.

    Headphones are used for transcribing lectures so are used all the time.

    Likewise with the pen, I often need to scribble something down fast. The notebook is less important because I have arms which will work in a pinch.

    I don't often use my SAK and light on a day to day basis, they're just nice to have for when I do need them.

    House key is mostly irrelevant because I do have a spare key hidden at home, I just like having the stuff that's also on my keys (SAK Classic, RADAR key, light etc)
     
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  2. medic68

    medic68 Loaded Pockets

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    1. S&W Model 60, 2" revolver
    2. TQ
    3. Extra speed strips
    4. Cell phone
    5. Benchmade Al Mar automatic
    6. Fire kit
    7. Camelus USGI knife
     
  3. flux

    flux Loaded Pockets

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    Crowbar.
     
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  4. Tallboyjim

    Tallboyjim Loaded Pockets

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    Phone, pen.
     
  5. Tesla

    Tesla Loaded Pockets

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    1 keys on stranded cable keychain
    2 wallet (Dopp front pocket)
    3 knife (varies)
    4 AAA Thorfire stainless light
    5 Pen (varies, but usually a short front pocket type)
    6 Maruman A7 spiral pad
    7 bottle opener
    8 Swiss Tool wannabe
    9 comb
    10 cigar punch
     
  6. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

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    Most days, flashlight and knife are in the octagon cage fighting for slot #1, keys are in slot #3, everything else comes after that.

    ATB,
    Sam
     
  7. CV801

    CV801 Loaded Pockets

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    Tough to say....wallet and keys are a necessity but I'll have my knife and phone on me even at home when the wallet and keys aren't sooo....
    1-knife (Medford Micro Praetorian or CRK Carbon fiber Mnandi)
    2-Iphone 11 Pro Max
    3-Keychain with Nitecore flashlight
    4-Wallet (carbon fiber)


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  8. plumberroy

    plumberroy Loaded Pockets

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    I consider in order of importance
    Knife
    Lighter
    Gun
    Wallet
    Light
    Extra magazine
    Watch
    Phone
     
  9. MOD-u-LAR

    MOD-u-LAR Loaded Pockets

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    Knife and pen tie
    Flashlight
    Notebook
    Hackysack
    Pocket box
     
  10. aicolainen

    aicolainen Loaded Pockets

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    This is almost an impossible list to rank. Like the OP, I recognize the diverse utility of the mobile phone that puts it in a unique position, at the top of my list, even though I have mixed feelings about this device. For the rest of the list, it’s much harder to rank induvidual items.

    One could go about this scientifically and make a risk matrix based on probability and severity, but everydays for me is more about convenience and comfort. In the end my list is probably a common sense approach taking both risk and convenience into account.

    It’s also worth mentioning that order of importance will change sligtly from day to day, depending on whats on my plate for that specific day, and can also change significantly if one other item is forgotten, lost or fails. This is merely what I consider an average order of importance for an average work day.

    1. Phone
    2. Ear plugs
    3. Key-/ID card for work
    4. Keys (main key chain and car key or bike key chain, depending on how I commute)
    5. Wallet
    6. Flashlight
    7. Full set of outerwear (rain shell, leather gloves, wool hat, buff)
    8. Knife
    9. Power bank
    10. Chap stick
    11. Pen
    12. Notebook

    The more I think about this, the more uncertain I become of the ranking. When you need those «just in case» items, they suddenly become very important, it’s just not very often. In the end it’s pretty much a toss up.
     
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  11. Bad Company

    Bad Company Loaded Pockets

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    Phone > wallet > car fob > flashlight > pen > small pocket knife
     
  12. plumberroy

    plumberroy Loaded Pockets

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    I think for the most part, the older one is the farther down the list you will see the phone. Mainly because we older ones went a long time without a phone in our pockets all the time and got along fine. I have lived where we couldn't even get a land line until I was 15. In 1975 dad was told it would cost $8000 for a phone because they would need 1.75 miles of line and poles to get us a phone
     
  13. thegrouch314

    thegrouch314 Loaded Pockets

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    I also think that the usage of phones has changed, and younger people probably use their phones differently.
    I'm 24. I rarely use my phone for calling or texting. It's mostly used for internet access. I'll be researching or fact-checking things at college, answering emails, doing paperwork, file-sharing etc while I'm away from my laptop.
    In my (subjective) experience, older people tend to use their phones less for these functions and more for calling or texting.

    I could cope just fine without my phone, it's just far more convenient than carrying around my laptop.
     
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    0dBm Loaded Pockets

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    My order VARIES depending on the circumstance.

    As an example, I was in the dessert several months ago. The inhabitants were very non friendly. So were the rifle, handguns, knives, and flashlights vying for the most important? Hardly!

    The humidity level was so low due to the wind. My face dried-up so badly that my skin began to crack and bleed. One of the local guides/scout gave me a handkerchief-sized folded leather sheet. Inside was lanolin. It smelled like goat urine.

    I applied it 3 times daily and within a few days, my face no longer bled.

    In that circumstance, that folded piece of leather that I carried for about 6 weeks became my most important EDC item because no other supplanted it.
     
  15. el_murdoque

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    Work day:
    -Keys
    -Flashlight
    -Pen
    -Knife
    -Wallet
    -Multitool

    Day off:
    -Keys
    -Flashlight
    -Knife
    -Pen
    -Wallet
    -Multitool
     
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    1.) Wallet
    2.) Keys
    3.) Phone
    4.) Knife
    5.) Light
    6.) Multi-tool
    7.) Pistol

    Ranked things this way because even though I always have a gun in the truck, I don't carry it on me at all times. I should, but I don't.
     
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  17. Appalachian

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    1) Keys
    2) Glock 48
    3) Wallet
    4) Phone
    5) Kershaw Leek
    6) Olight i3T EOS
     
  18. wanderer16

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    1. Spyderco Persistence
    2. Casio Gshock
    3. Keys, photon light
    4. Wallet
    5. Maxpedition Bag W/everything else
     
  19. Lateck

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    1 Knives
    2 flashlights
    3 multitools
    4 keys
    5 phone
    6 lighter
    7 fire starter

    Multiple of Knives, flashlights and multitools. One is none rule.
     
  20. FLbeachbum

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    1. Keys - can't go anywhere without them
    2. Wallet - shouldn't go anywhere without the DL
    3. Flashlight - Fenix EO1 on keyring
    4. Watch - either Luminox Atacama 1824 or Seiko Blue Lagoon Turtle or cheap digital for work

    I never leave the house without those four things. After that it depends on where I'm going. Almost always:

    5. Water bottle
    6. Vanquest pouch - chapstick, pens and notepad, booboo kit, lighter, multitool, MP3 player, small SAK knife
    7. Pocket knife
    8. Gun - either Colt Pocket 9 or Glock 19