Looking for some interesting items to add to your everyday carry? We’ve got you covered. Read on to see some unique EDC items.
In recent years, there’s been a popular trend in the blogosphere and on social media of people sharing the items that they carry everyday. The purpose of this article is to present items that you may not have thought of as being a useful addition to your everyday carry.
Many people that enjoy everyday carry posts (usually men) enjoy the “show and tell” aspect of EDC. I’m no exception.
After browsing a few EDC entries, I soon noticed that a lot of guys carry variations of the same few core items– wallet, phone, keys, pen, pocketknife, and maybe sunglasses or a flashlight.
However, once and a while I’ll come across an item in someone’s EDC that, for whatever reason I’d never before considered as an option and I think, “Why don’t I carry that?”
Today we’ll explore some less common EDC items that you might not have considered.
Things to Consider When Choosing Your EDC
When determining which items to add to your EDC, consider your environment, your hobbies, your occupation, and your other responsibilities.
Do you work in a bustling city or out in the sticks?
It probably wouldn’t make sense for a trader on wall street to carry a dog mace to work, but that might be an essential EDC item for a rural mail carrier.
Are there small items that are specific to your hobbies that could easily fit in your pockets that could allow you to spend time doing what you love during down time throughout the day?
For example, a whittler might carry a pocket knife with a specialized blade for carving, and a polyglot might carry flashcards with new words and phrases to learn.
What could you carry that could make you more comfortable in your surroundings?
This could be a pocket handwarmer for keeping away the chill, a handkerchief to mop your brow, or a small vial of cologne to freshen up before a date.
What items could you carry to help others?
For a dad of young kids, it might be his daughter’s favorite toy, and for a salesman, it might be a carrying case for his business cards. Think about the people that you interact with on a regular basis and how your EDC might be able to improve their lives.
Is this a realistic choice?
Let’s face it. Even if you only wear baggy cargo pants (please don’t…), you can only carry so many items before they become more of a burden than a blessing. Consider what you already carry everyday.
While it would be nice to be prepared for every situation, do you really need to carry a second mustache comb “just in case?” Be realistic.
Unusual Versions of Common EDC Items
Variety’s the spice of life. If you don’t want to carry more stuff but still want to switch things up, consider trying out uncommon versions of items you already carry everyday. It can feel good to try something new.
You could replace:
A leather wallet with a metal money clip with a unique design.
A minimal metal-bodied pocket knife with a traditional bone-handled stockman.
A plastic rollerball pen with a vintage fountain pen.
A simple “open” keyring, with a handsome leather key organizer.
The list goes on…
First Aid / Personal Safety Items
There are a wide range of potential everyday carry items in this category. Here are a few first aid / personal safety EDC options you may not have considered.
Though not legal for everyday carry everywhere, pepper spray can be a life-saving addition to your EDC.
There are specialized sprays for use defending against humans, bears, and dogs.
A lot of guys keep a band-aid or two in their wallet. They are one of those items that are good to quick access to.
Who knows? Carrying one might save you from having to wash out blood stains from your favorite shirt.
Small First-aid Kits
If you work in a dangerous environment, or if you are particularly accident prone, it’s a good idea to have a small first-aid kit nearby. You can buy a premade kit, but it’s best to make your own.
Taking the time to do the research to compile your own kit means that it will be much more likely that you know what you have in the event of an emergency.
Although pens aren’t unusual for an EDC item, tactical pens aren’t so common.
A tactical pen is like any regular old pen, but in a pinch it can double as a weapon for self defense.
If you need one, you probably already wear one. However, not everyone knows about these lifesaving EDC items.
In the case of an emergency, medical bracelets can alert first responders to your important medical information.
Medical bracelets often include vital details such as: name, contact information, allergies, prescribed life-saving medicines, diabetes or other chronic conditions, and do not resuscitate status.
Since this item is likely going to be worn and seen by others everyday, be sure to buy a bracelet you like.
Grooming / Hygiene
Despite taking the time for proper hygiene, grooming, and making sure your clothes are ironed and free of stains, you still sometimes will need to freshen up throughout the day. Here are some items that you can carry to stay looking sharp.
While I’m not a fragrance guy, a lot of men are. For easy cologne reapplication throughout the day you can decanter a small amount of fragrance into a tiny vial.
Keep it on your keychain or in your car for easy access.
Handkerchiefs / Tissues
Allergy season, flu season, sappy Hallmark holiday movie season– for months out of the year, your face leaks. At least that’s the situation for many guys.
Yes, it’s gross. Do you know what’s even more disgusting? Wiping your snot on your sleeve. Carry a tissue or a handkerchief in your pocket to clean up that mess.
If you find that your hair doesn’t stay put during the day, you might want to carry a comb to tame your mane.
Combs are available in many materials: from plastic, to metal, to wood, and even to horn or bone.
Stain Remover Stick
When you spill on your clothes you have to act fast before the stain sets.
A stain remover stick can help you to save your favorite pants from suffering a premature death.
Some people like to carry lucky charms (and no, I don’t mean the cereal 😉), or small mementos as reminders. Others carry symbolic tokens that bear great personal meaning.
Sentimental EDC items can come in many forms. A military veteran might carry a challenge coin, an admirer of stoicism might carry a memento mori token as a reminder of the fleeting nature of life, and a widower might wear his deceased wife’s wedding ring as a necklace in her memory.
Other Unusual EDC Items
Included below (in no particular order) are other things a man might want to carry with him everyday.
Tiny tools that fit on a keychain are becoming more popular every year. Today, there are many keychain tools on the market. Do your research, test a couple out, and find one that works for you.
My personal favorite is the Keyport MOCA 10-In-1 Key Tool. It was a sad day when I lost it on a run. I frequently used the ruler, the screwdriver, and the small cutting edge (I loved that it didn’t snag on pockets!).
You never know when it might come in handy!
You could buy a tiny roll specifically made to fit on a keychain, or you could make your own EDC roll.
If you’ve ever had a job that involved working outside in the cold you’ve probably seen them. Pocket-sized hand warmers are a lifesaver for maintaining finger dexterity in chilly weather.
They are also great for anyone that enjoys being outdoors when the mercury drops.
Nowadays, there are electric models on the market, but I’m a fan of the old-fashioned Zippo hand warmers that run on lighter fluid.
The humble Thermos. Your dad probably has one– I bet your grandpa probably does too. There’s a reason that the Thermos has lasted for generations– it is good at what it does. It keeps hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold.
While it won’t fit in your pocket, think about making a Thermos part of your everyday carry. Seriously, without a Thermos how else would you bring soup to work?
USB Flash Drives
While not exactly “unusual,” you might not think to carry a USB stick. You should consider it.
You could buy a small, sleek metal-bodied USB to carry on your keychain to carry important files for work, your medical records, or any other digital files you want to keep handy.
You probably won’t want (or need) to carry a paper map on a daily basis. However, if you are in a new area it doesn’t hurt to carry a paper map with you. Not only is it helpful if you lose cell service, it can be fun to navigate without having to obey curt, robotic commands from a GPS.
Business Card Cases
When someone asks for your business card you don’t want to be the guy who pulls out an old, creased card out from the nether regions of his wallet.
Avoid this embarrassing situation by carrying a good-looking case for protecting your business cards.
Whether you’re checking dimensions of a suit or checking to see if that new couch will fit through the front door, it’s often a good idea to have quick access to a tape measure.
Using a physical tape measure is more reliable and more accurate than relying on an app on your phone.
Selecting the items you choose to carry everyday is a highly personal decision. Choose items that make your life easier and help you to achieve your goals.
Did we miss any useful unusual EDC items? Let us know down in the comments!
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