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What Is the Core of Your EDC?

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by sc00ts, May 25, 2017.

  1. sc00ts

    sc00ts Loaded Pockets

    Nov 19, 2014
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    We all have items that rotate in and out of our daily carry based on numerous variables, but I'd like to know what some of you consider indispensable to your edc. What items do you carry regardless of occasion or attire and how do you carry them?

    I always have a Skinth S Shield on my left hip regardless of whether I'm at home, work, church, wearing a belt or gym shorts. If I'm not sleeping I'm wearing it. It's a small, lightweight and streamlined way to ensure I always have the essentials covered. I am also never without my gshock 7900-b, photon freedom on ss ball chain necklace and qalo wedding band.

    Curious to see what y'all have to say!


    -SAK pioneer x
    -Streamlight Microstream
    -spare aaa
    -Fisher bullet pen
    -single use eye drops.

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  2. WillAdams

    WillAdams Loaded Pockets

    Jun 11, 2013
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    CRKT Getaway Driver, and a lockblade knife, and a Pilot B3 Aviator, and a fountain pen (currently Aurora HastiI) and blotter/note case.
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  3. legoman0721

    legoman0721 Loaded Pockets

    Oct 21, 2010
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    There are certain roles that I always have covered, even if the items rotate in and out. Defensive pistol (whenever possible), main blade, flashlight, multitool, etc.

    As for the specific items that I always keep on me, it goes something like this:
    1. Phone
    2. Wallet
    3. Keys with Vic Classic and Atwood tool
    4. Homemade "pocket pack" containing:
    a. boo boo kit
    b. Zebra pen
    c. whistle
    d. Exotac fire starter

    Never go anywhere without that stuff. They all have designated pants pockets that work on any of my normal wear, or can easily be tucked into a pocket organizer if I'm going super casual in sweats or something.
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  4. Water-Rat

    Water-Rat Loaded Pockets

    Feb 11, 2013
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    The only things that I never rotate are on my keys which include:

    Pangea designs pickpocket
    Fenix E05, old style single mode
    LM Style PS
    fox 40 whistle
    32 gb Kingston usb drive
    paracord quick release fob
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  5. J_C
    • In Omnia Paratus

    J_C Loaded Pockets

    May 5, 2010
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    Keys - pocket
    Wallet - pocket
    Phone - belt clipped
    Pen - shirt pocket
    Reading glasses - shirt pocket

    That's the core. Everything else is optional.
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  6. A.B.

    A.B. Loaded Pockets

    Feb 20, 2015
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    Knife (they rotate) and lighter. The only things I ALWAYS carry

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  7. Mumbojumboo
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    Mumbojumboo EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Oct 9, 2010
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    Years ago I would have said knife. I have to leave it in many situations.


    I have multiple duplicates in the truck. And a chainsaw.

    Edit: J_C is correct .....glasses. If I want to read, yeah... I need those.

    Edit #2: Dammit...a pencil. If I forget, I walk back into the house to grab one.
    Last edited by Mumbojumboo, May 26, 2017
    #7 Mumbojumboo, May 26, 2017
    Last edited: May 26, 2017
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  8. Moshe ben David

    Moshe ben David Loaded Pockets

    Jun 30, 2015
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    Daily core (non-business days):
    • Altoids FAK
    • Fisher space pen
    • Streamlight microstream
    • SAK; usually a Huntsman
    • Ti Pickpocket dangler with:
      • LM Squirt PS4
      • NiteIze Doohickey
      • Smallest size CountyCom Ti Widgy Bar
      • house keys
    • Bandana
    • Brass money clip (hopefully holding $!)
    • Leather coin pouch
    • Small folder in coin pocket
    • Larger folder in pocket
    • Watch
    • Large breast-pocket style wallet with innumerable cc!
    • Glasses
    • Car keys and Nitecore Tube on a cheap no-name 'Biner
    When wearing a suit:
    • Pen and pencil set (usually but not always including a fp)
    • handkerchief
    • Alox Cadet
    • Brass money clip (with $ I hope!)
    • Leather coin pouch
    • Ti pickpocket dangler as above
    • Car keys and Nitecore Tube on a key ring
    • Watch
    • Large breast-pocket style wallet with innumerable cc!
    • Glasses

    Moshe ben David
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  9. aicolainen

    aicolainen Loaded Pockets

    Jan 7, 2017
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    Not much on body, but I often carry my backpack.
    -watch, always
    -phone, 95%
    -wallet, 90%. Might just grab credit card / cash and / or drivers license if go very light (e.g. lack of pockets or support in training apparel or when there is a risk of loosing it)
    -knife, 85%. Generally excluded when wearing dress pants or training gear.
    -ear protection, 80%
    -house key with USB drive(can't remember the last time I used it), RSA token generator, a SW dongle to run company SW and a plastic clip that attaches to my backpack when needed. 80%. Often in my jacket pocket, so not always technically on my body, but always close by.

    Haven't put much thought into this before, but from looking at the numbers, I can easily say that how often I carry an item does not directly reflect its importance.
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  10. Gary Gross

    Gary Gross Loaded Pockets

    Oct 17, 2015
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    Here's the list:
    • Wedding ring
    • Motorola DROID Turbo
    Assuming I'm wearing pants:
    • Some kind of SAK (Victorinox or Wenger) on a suspension clip in my left front pocket. Most days it's a Huntsman. If I need to slim it down it will be a Pioneer X.
    • Folding knife from rotation clipped to right front pocket
    • Hank from rotation in left rear pocket
    • Watch from rotation
    • Generally a traditional folder from rotation in leather slip in my left front pocket
    90% of the time I have a Vanquest organizer containing:
    • Leatherman Skeletool CX
    • Alox Classic silver
    • Uni Kuru Toga Roulette Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil
    • Pry bar from rotation
    • Rexford Rut knockoff
    • Pen from rotation
    • Flashlight from rotation
    • Field Notes in cover
    • Handcuff key
    • Aluminum pill canister with mints
    • Lip balm
    • highlighter
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Nail clippers
    • Whistle
    • Microfiber cleaning cloth
    Generally I have a few bracelets and a second ring from my rotation. There's plenty more in the backpack but it doesn't go everywhere.
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  11. tonyuk

    tonyuk Loaded Pockets

    Aug 22, 2016
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    Its not everyday per sè but i spend 6days a week at work and this is on my hip.

    Locker x2

    Swipe access card
    Company ID
    First aid certification card

    Gerber travel multitool (Uk legal carry as it has no blade)

    Gerber shard

    Button torch (i found this on the street) [​IMG][​IMG]

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  12. dmattaponi

    dmattaponi Loaded Pockets

    May 1, 2010
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    I always carry a Swiss Army Knife, a pocket flashlight, and a pen in my pocket.

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    #12 dmattaponi, May 27, 2017
    Last edited: May 27, 2017
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  13. Mark_Trail

    Mark_Trail Loaded Pockets

    Jan 9, 2017
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    Leaving out cards/cash, keys and phone, I'd say my core is a tactical pen. I can easily be without a blade or flashlight but if don't have a tac pen in my suit pocket, trouser pocket or on my shirt I feel like somethings missing.

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  14. quietconundrum
    • In Omnia Paratus

    quietconundrum EDC Junkie

    Sep 20, 2012
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    I actually don't rotate out items at all. I've spent years honing and conditioning my EDC to serve me in the most efficient and comfortable way possible. I have items that were once part of my on-person EDC but have since been replaced by something with either more utility, more aesthetic appeal or more comfort. That being said, that evolution continues forever and some items will inevitably be retired and replaced, but I don't have "choices" that I alternate between each day or occasion. My core on-person EDC, which I do not walk through the door without, consists of:

    • Crossbreed Gun Belt
    • On belt: Maxpedition Keyper, Khaki
    • On belt: Leatherman Charge ALX black oxide in custom leather holster
    • On belt: Spare mag for firearm in custom leather holster (currently an 8rnd S&W M&P Shield mag w/ grip ext)
    • On belt/IWB: handgun in holster (currently S&W M&P Shield, Flat Dark Earth, 8rnd mag w/ grip ext in a Tulster Profile holster, Coyote)
    • Kershaw Cryo II blackwash tanto knife
    • Streamlight ProTac HL
    • 2x CR123 in Oveready delrin vault w/ compass, hanging on a Monroe DTS dangler
    • Keys on Fusion Contigua carabiner w/ freekey system and True Utility shackle, clipped to Maxped Keyper
    • Truck key and fob on paracord keychain lanyard, clipped to Maxped Keyper
    • Hammer Anvil front pocket wallet w/ fisher space bullet pen, black titanium nitride, clipped to it
    • Phoenix Handcraft bottle opener w/ EK paracord lanyard, Coyote
    • iPhone 6S w/ Magpul Bump Case, flat dark earth
    • RITR all-weather pen
    • RITR stapled mini notebook in Popov Leather notes cover
    • Skinth 2XL containing:
    •—— Leatherman 40-bit Kit
    •—— Leatherman Bit Extension, black
    •—— Kobalt compact quick-change 1/4" bit holder
    •—— Kent 113 pocket comb
    •—— Exotac NanoStriker
    •—— Seki Edge slim stainless nail clippers
    •—— Mini ceramic nail file w/ sheath
    •—— 16GB flash drive
    •—— SnowPeak carry-on chopsticks
    •—— Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite tool
    •—— 2x travel Wet Wipes
    •—— 2x spare dog waste bags
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  15. ballistic

    ballistic Loaded Pockets

    Dec 27, 2007
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    Wallet, phone, watch, knife, keys, flashlight are core on my person when leaving the house. Work EDC bag when working, Lightweight EDC/GHB in drawstring pack otherwise.

    Left Top to Bottom:
    Red ITS Trauma Kit - Mini FAK+ Blow Out Kit + Petzl eLite
    Topo Design Medium Zip Bag - Cables & USB chargers (AC & cigarette lighter)
    Topo Design Large Zip Bag - Personal Hygiene & Snacks

    Center Top to Bottom:
    LAW Industries Ewok Pouch - E&E Kit
    Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000mAh
    Matador Daylite16 - In case I need to run/walk long distances (emergency bug out backup)

    Right Top to Bottom:
    CountyComm Pouch with orange SOLAS panel- Motorola Hint v2, Jackery battery, MicroUSB cable w/ Apple MicroUSB to Lightning adapter
    Triple Seven Micro Kit - small multitool, backup flashlight, pen, notepad, etc
    Hydropak collapsible water bottle
    Last edited by ballistic, May 27, 2017
    #15 ballistic, May 27, 2017
    Last edited: May 27, 2017
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  16. Mark_Trail

    Mark_Trail Loaded Pockets

    Jan 9, 2017
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    Serious and well thought out kit!

    One question - from a fellow who only carries the occasional IPSC or western rig on range - comes into mind: if EDC'ing a gun, wouldn't a some kind of mini trauma kit also be good?

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  17. quietconundrum
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    quietconundrum EDC Junkie

    Sep 20, 2012
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    Yes, sir. I've pondered on this at length and even carried several iterations of a compact FAK. The hurdle I've failed to jump thus far is getting the most logical gear for treating something as serious as a bullet wound (e.g. compress, turnicate & closure aid) into both a container and position that isn't cumbersome. It's fairly easy to combine simplistic first aid into an Altoid tin (or smaller), but all that affords you is band aids, triple antibiotic, etc. Since this would be on-person, the trauma-effective gear would have to make sense, and I haven't arrived at that solution yet. Having Hemophilia also compounds the necessity of trauma gear, but I cannot justify an enormous pouch or a bulging leg pocket full of gear on a daily basis. Everything I carry currently remains concealed and comfortable, without encumbering day-to-day activities.

    My EDC bag has more (see also larger) gear in it, but that typically is in my truck or at my desk at work, not with me when I'm walking around.

    I welcome any recommendations =)
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  18. Lellobeetle

    Lellobeetle Loaded Pockets

    Feb 26, 2015
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    Wallet (with or without my bag)
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  19. isoarska

    isoarska Loaded Pockets

    May 14, 2017
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    I do not EDC much. When I leave home I always carry key fob of course, with Gerber Shard & flash memory (usually) in my left front pocket or hanging from my belt. Mobile phone in my right front pocket. Chums Surfshorts Wallet with about 6-7 cards and few notes of cash in my right front pocket.

    That is all I need 90% of the time and rest I try to improvise. I am a town dweller.
  20. ArkansasFan30

    ArkansasFan30 Loaded Pockets

    Dec 7, 2012
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    No because it would be ridiculous to render aid rather than flee when you shoot someone defensively. You're supposed to be in fear.

    Taking a "blow out" kit to the range, training, go bag, etc is wise. Carrying such because you want to be prepared for your own limb hemorrhage is also wise if reasonable.