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What Is the Core of Your EDC?

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

  1. el_murdoque

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    When I leave the house, the core items are:


    Tier one (absolute essentials) :

    1.1: Keys.
    When I leave the house, I need to get back in.

    (1.2: Clothing.
    To protect my body from the environment, maintain body temperature and prevent awkward situations, I wrap myself in fabrics)



    Tier two (so essential, even non EDC People carry them):

    2.1: Wallet & Smartphone

    I set those two on the same level. I carry both on most occasions but might carry only one sometimes, depending on what I want to do.



    Tier three (the first one where EDC items appear):

    3.1: Flashlight

    The flashlight is the EDC item that I use the most, so it makes top of the tier. Depending on the occasion I have at least a single AAA light on my person anywhere I go. The darker the destination, the more light I have on me. During summer I usually only have and use the AAA, during winter I carry more lumens in my pocket. The flashlight on my smartphone serves as a backup.
    3.2 (work days [becomes 3.3 on non work days]): Pen
    During work hours I need to write down stuff quite frequently. Either some orders written on a post-it and given to someone (because they come back and ask for details they forgot every minute) or a multitude of other stuff. My workplace is strewn with pens in tactical positions. There are at least twenty lying around at all times. And every single time I need one, they all are somewhere else. Fed up with this, I started donating valuable pocket space for a pen.
    3.3 (work days [becomes 3.2 on non work days]): Knife
    On days without work, I still carry the pen, but If I had to choose between a pen and a knife, I'd choose knife. For me a small pocket knife with a blade of max 3" and a deep carry clip does the job. I often cut cardboard boxes to size and hate to do it with a utility blade for fear of the thing snapping when I lean on it. That's about the heaviest work I can expect my knife to do. I don't have to elaborate on the other practical uses of a knife in this place of all.

    Tier four (stuff I carry often, but not always):
    4.1: My Bag
    I have a sturdy and good looking messenger bag (Freitag Dragnet) made from used truck tarpaulin that has served me well in the past 15 years.
    It is pre-loaded to expand my EDC, bring redundancy and refuel.
    It carries a refill for my pen, a spare battery, a Leatherman Wave and a small flashlight in the front pocket. The rear compartment of the main pocket holds a waterproof pouch that has my 'digital' requirements covered with a pair of headphones and 1/8" to 1/4" adapter, a small USB powerbank with a short cable and micro USB to USB Type C adapter and a small USB wallwart. The main compartment is empty, except for a cloth shopping bag lying folded on the bottom. This is very good to wrap fragile things, or for shopping.

    4.2: Bottle
    When I leave for work, I carry two stainless steel bottles in the bag, one filled with 1 liter of water and just a spritz of lemon (to make it taste like something) and a smaller one filled with coffee (or on rare occasions with tea).
    When I leave for anywhere else, I usually carry water, too. I forget to drink enough and my body runs fine on incredibly small amounts of liquids, so I like to bring water everywhere in my bottle to better monitor my intake.
     
  2. Crash_Fistfight

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    Testicles, spectacles, watch and wallet. And my phone, knife and keys.
     
  3. Elmiro Dungfoot

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    Wallet, watch, glasses, key-ring, and phone always. Additionally: sidearm, knife, flashlight, lighter, and multi-tool. Usually sport a ballcap, and dress according to seasonal changes.
     
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  4. Tesla

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    Wallet, watch, knife, keyring with bottle opener & cigar punch, pocket pen, and AAA single cell light......and a comb.
     
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  5. Serena

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    Wallet, watch, iPhone, SAK, keys, pen and light.
     
  6. JeremyV

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    Wallet, keys, knife, phone and AirPods.


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  7. Moose

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    Aside from weather appropriate clothing :cold: The 'on-body edc' I am never without is:

    Glasses
    Watch
    Keys
    Wallet
    Phone
    Knife
    Flashlight
    Lighter
    Pen
    Salbutamol inhaler....

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    PS, I do edc a bag (Timbuk2 medium messenger) with water bottle, Huntsman SAK, power bank, spare torch, batteries, pen and lighter, wireless earbuds, notepad, carrier bag, bandanna, travel towel, snacks, tissues and whatever paperwork (or tablet) or other bits I need on the day....
     
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  8. dmattaponi

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    Earlier in this thread I replied that a knife and flashlight were the core of my edc. That is true, but to be more clear, it is a multi tool knife (SAK), not a stand-alone Knife. I guess, I would also include a pen, and as much as I hate to admit it, a cell phone.


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  9. smokingfish

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    This is my true EDC:
    -Lumitop toolVN, 10440 battery, and 700 lumens warm bulb.
    -keychain, carabiner, car key and house key, and doohickey.
    -chapstick
    -wallet
    -large sebenza
    -leatherman ps4
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  10. plumberroy

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    Outside of work
    Knife
    Lighter
    Glock
    Wallet
    Keys extra knife
    Extra magazine
    Phone
    In that order knife and lighter being absolutely necessary at all times
    At work I have to drop the Glock and I carry a good light
     
  11. Brewer

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    100%, in pockets/on person:
    Watch, smartphone, wallet, keys on high vis lanyard with AAA flashlight;

    95%, pocket:
    SAK or small Leatherman;

    90%, belt pouch (currently Maxped CAP, considering H1):
    Sunglasses, reading glasses, pen, pencil, notepad, booboo kit, AAA flashlight and slim alox SAK;

    80%, shoulder bag (currently Maxped Mongo, considering Operator attache):
    As above, with FAK, basic toiletries, microfibre towel, alcohol wipes, painkillers, Swiss Champ, full size Leatherman or Swisstool, AA flashlight, spare batteries, USB fast chargers (mains and vehicle), OBD2 dongle, bigger notebook and better pens.
     
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  12. dmattaponi

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    Cellphone (not pictured)

    Swiss Army Knife (compromise between a knife and a multi tool)

    Flashlight (single AA battery for small size and readily available battery type).

    Bullet Space Pen (for small size, and it writes when and where regular pens will not)

    CCW and reload (again selected for small size, ease of carry where permitted)

    Reading glasses (not pictured because they are on my face as I type this. Usually carried in shirt pocket).

    All in pocket carry.
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  13. godcode

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    As of 2020:

    wallet - cash + id
    Keychain - primarily for the keys instead of the other implements (knife, light, usb)
    kerchief - for wiping sweat and cleaning boogerish nose.
    headphones
    power bank + data cable
    eyeglass
    facemask
    gloves
    1 of my no touch tool
     
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  14. ffmedic245

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    Work?
    wallet
    phone
    wristwatch
    Smith & Wesson folding knife
    Streamlight StylusPro
    Sharpie
    pens
    car/house keys
    work ID/door fob
    Gerber multitool
     
  15. dmattaponi

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    Making some small changes and updates to my basic “core” EDC...smaller SAK, with the addition of a keychain sized Leatherman. [​IMG]



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  16. ox71

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    Pretty much sums it up, rotation of watches, watch straps, flashlight, different sak + lighter and cigarettes.
    Keys, hank, pen and wallet stay the same[​IMG]

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