Ever found yourself in a sticky situation, missing the right tools you'd need to get out of it? No pen to sign a breakthrough contract? No scissors for that Lays packet that just refuses to tear? Introducing: the Everyday Carry (EDC) community.
Much like Hermione's enchanted beaded handbag (or Doraemon's pocket for all you non-Potterheads), an EDC kit packs all the essentials you'd need on a daily basis. EDC culture centres around portability, sturdiness, and functionality. Basically, imagine a modern version of Swiss Army knife collectors, and you start to have an idea of the community. (Check out r/EDC on Reddit for more information than you could, or would, ever need.)
Conventional Everyday Carry Essentials
Here's a brief list of essential items to carry for those new to everyday carry.
- Wristwatch: In today's world, time and punctuality are key. Plus, many wristwatches today possess several handy features like flashlights, alarms, and even fitness trackers.
- Pens: Even though handwriting seems to have become a dying practice thanks to technology, having a pen on you is never a bad thing. Whether jotting notes in a busy train or signing off documents, pens are still a vital part of, well, adulting. This also brings cool and unique inventions such as the Fisher Space Pen, which can write upside down, underwater, and even in space.
- Multi-tools/Pocket Knives: The classic invention that defined everyday carry before it was a thing. Swiss Army Knives are one of the most known varieties out there, but there are several other brands today. Remember to check travel regulations and general laws in your country to make sure you don't land in any trouble, though.
- Wallets: Everyone needs a wallet, period. Just, keep a wallet, man. Pretty please.
- Medical Gear: Well, this is largely individual, but bandages, gauze, and your daily medication (if you have any, of course) are a must. Taking an emergency first-aid class should be something everyone does but is not the case (guilty).
- Notebook: Why would you carry a pen and no paper?
Now, here comes the fun part. The best thing about everyday carry is there are no set rules or standards; it is entirely customisable depending on your needs. Even the essentials listed above may not be in every EDC enthusiasts kit, and that's okay. The entire idea behind EDC is to be prepared for your own life.
Avid music fan? Keep your earphones with you at all times (well, most of us do at this point so that's not saying much, I guess.) Artist? There are entire brands and product lines committed to making even the messiest art mediums travel-fit. With the growing dependence on commuting, everyday carry is the solution to improving life on the move.
In fact, most of us practice everyday carry without even being aware of it. Think of all the things you never leave your house without, and boom, that's your own EDC kit!
The only difference between active everyday carry enthusiasts and communities, and the rest of us is the amount of diligence towards being prepared for everything. The culture has opened up an entirely new market and room for innovation. Besides, some of these products are just so damn cool.