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Men’s everyday carry items: What’s in my EDC?

We all have those items that we don’t leave the house without. Phone, wallet, keys…they’re typically items we know we’re going to need to use at least once a day.

Personally, I am very picky about what I carry. I like to take a minimalist approach to the items that I keep on me. I don’t mind if they’re not the smallest out there, so long as they’re good quality items that have a useful purpose.

In this post, I’ll share some items that you won’t want to leave the house without and that you’ll probably have a use for at least once throughout the day.

Impatient? Here’s a quick rundown of my favorite men’s everyday carry items:

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Men’s Everyday Carry items: My Top Choices

Here are my top choices for things to include in your EDC:

SOG Ninja Tactical Day Pack

The SOG Ninja Day Pack is one of the best purchases you could make. It’s a 24.2 liter pack that only weighs 1.94 lbs, which is exceptionally light for a backpack!

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SOG Ninja Tactical Daypack Backpack, Black, One Size

What I like most:

  • It’s a water resistant pack, which means the contents won’t get wet when you’re walking from your car to the gym in the pouring rain.
  • It has adjustable mesh pockets on the side, so you won’t have to remove the pack to get to your drink.
  • It has all sorts of straps and patches on the back, so you can easily customize or strap things on the outside if you run out of room on the inside.
  • There are plenty of pockets, both on the inside and outside of the pack, meaning all of your gear will stay neatly organized.
  • The pack is durable and has cushioning on the straps and back, which means it’s just as comfortable on your back in the city as it is out hiking.
  • If you ever want to take the pack out hiking or inclement weather, there are grommets on the bottom to stop water from pooling around your gear.

Grab your pack on Amazon to start building your EDC.

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5.11 Tactical RUSH Delivery Lima

For those of you looking for a more modern messenger style bag, the Lima is a great choice! It’s a relatively light 2.9 lbs and is perfect for carrying your laptop and other EDC great around in the city.

5.11 Rush Delivery Lima Tactical Messenger Bag, Medium, Style 56177, Double Tap

What I like most:

  • The bag has over 20 organizing pockets, which means you always know where everything is when you need it.
  • The padded shoulder strap means it is very comfortable to carry around, even when it is packed full.
  • With customizable straps and hooks all over the pack, it’s very easy to hang things off of the outside if you ever run out of room on the inside.
  • It’s a water resistant pack, which is great for those times you get caught outside in the rain.

Prefer the messenger bag form factor? Check it out on Amazon.

J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight

J5 Tactical V1-PRO Flashlight - The Original 300 Lumen Ultra Bright, LED Mini 3 Mode FlashlightI can’t count the number of times I’ve been caught out at night and needed a flashlight. Sure, I’ve got the flashlight on my phone, but sometimes it just isn’t powerful enough. The J5 Tactical is a great purchase because the 300 Lumens it puts out should be more than enough for you to see through the darkest of nights.

What I like most:

  • The flashlight has an adjustable focus range, which means you can focus all of the light into a powerful beam or widen it so that you can view the surrounding area as well – super useful!
  • It’s water resistant, so it won’t break after being used in the rain or falling into water.
  • It’s tough as nails! It’s made out of a durable aluminum alloy, so it will last a long time.
  • It has a strobe light, which is great for when you’re biking or walking at night on the road.

Click here to see the best price on Amazon.

The Practical Tactical Pen

I can’t count the number of times I’ve needed a pen and not had one. Waiting in line at the bank, filling out a check at the store… the list goes on and on.
Practical Tactical Pen for Self Defense- Survival Multitool, Elegant Ballpoint Pens Designed for Quick Protection, Emergency Use and Best EDC for Men and Women- 2 Ink Cartridges The Practical Tactical Pen can help solve these problems while being useful in several other ways!

What I liked most:

  • It’s made of aerospace grade aluminum, which means this pen can take a beating and still come out on top.
  • It was made as a last resort defense weapon as well, so if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to defend yourself, having this pen comes in handy.
  • It takes common refills such as Fisher Space, so you can keep refilling it easily.
  • It has a hole at the top, which means you can easily attach it to a keyring.

Click here to see it and read the reviews on Amazon.

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CXLiy Portable Charger Bank

With how often I use my phone, running out of power halfway through the day has become a daily problem for me and there isn’t always a charger around.

That’s where items like the CXLiy Portable Charger Bank come in handy!
What I like most:

  • With 24,000 mah, you won’t have to worry about your phone going dead while you’re out and about.
  • It has a smart digital display, so you know just how much power is left in the bank.
  • It has dual flashlights, which can come in handy.
  • It has 3 outputs, so you can charge 3 devices at a time if your friend’s phone dies too!

As usual, you can check it out on Amazon to buy one.

Bellroy Hide & Seek Wallet

Bellroy Hide & Seek, slim leather wallet, RFID editions available (Max. 12 cards and cash) - JavaThe Bellroy Hide & Seek is a great first step if you’re trying to slim down your wallet and take a more minimalist approach to what you carry. It’s only 3.3 in tall x 4.5in wide, so you’ll hardly even notice it’s in your pocket!

What I liked most:

  • It’s available with RFID protection, which will give you peace of mind when walking on the streets.
  • It can carry up to 12 cards as well as dollar bills, which means it has more than enough room to fit everything you need.
  • It’s made from top grain leather, so it’s guaranteed to last a long time.
  • Its classic, stylish aesthetic is very appealing to look at.

This the wallet I carry every day – I love it. Pick one up on

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Benchmade – Griptilian 551 Knife, Drop-Point

You never know when you’ll need to open a package or cut off a frayed string (or defend your life). As a daily carry, you’ll found the Griptilian to be one of the most well made knives around.
What I like most:

  • It can be opened and closed single handedly, which leaves your other hand free to hold whatever it is you’re cutting.
  • The stainless steel blade is also rust resistant.
  • Benchmade offers a lifetime warranty as well as knife sharpening service, which is great for those of us who don’t have the time or equipment to do it ourselves!
  • The blade is made of 154 cm stainless steel, which is a high quality steel that retains an edge for so long you might not even need that free knife sharpening service!

If you’ve read enough posts here, you know this is also my everyday carry. Check it out on Amazon for different color and blade choices.

Moleskine Large Ruled Hard Cover Notebook

If you’re like me, you’ll often find that you think up ideas or remember things to do while you’re out and then completely forget them by the time you get home.

Not anymore, with the Moleskin Hard Cover Notebook! Sure, you can take notes on your phone, but there’s just something about a sleek little notebook like this that can’t be beat.

What I like most:

  • The hard cover makes it durable, so you’ll feel confident bringing it anywhere you go.
  • The hard cover and rounded corners give it a very appealing, streamlined look.
  • The pages have no bleedthrough, despite being so thin.
  • The pages are high quality and durable, so you won’t have to worry about them tearing while you’re jotting things down on the fly.

You can buy this classic notebook for your EDC in a number of colors on Amazon.

Leatherman 830039 Wave Multitool with Sheath

The Leatherman Wave Multitool comes with 17 different tools, so you always have what you need!

It includes needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, a clip-point knife, a serrated knife, a saw, scissors, a wood/metal file, a diamond-coated file, a large bit driver, a small bit driver, a large screwdriver, a ruler, a bottle/can opener, a wire stripper and a lanyard attachment.

LEATHERMAN - Wave Multitool, Stainless Steel with Leather Sheath

What I like most:

  • Every tool on the Wave can be used with one hand, freeing up your other hand to worry about whatever it is you’re trying to fix.
  • All of the tools lock into the handle, making it easy to carry around.
  • It comes with a 25 year warranty, so you can put it to work without worrying about it breaking!
  • At 12.8 oz, it’s an incredibly lightweight way to carry so many tools.

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Round out your everyday carry with a classic Leatherman multitool – buy one on Amazon here.

Got any other men’s EDC essentials? Let me know in the comments!

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