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ramblings of an electronic engineer.

EDC 2014

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I’ve been hesitating and putting off writing this post for over a year now. It’s now time to share my EDC.

For those uninitiated EDC stands for Everyday Carry and essentially refers to the tools/equipment/supplies you carry around with everyday. Furthermore it embodies the philosophy of preparedness for any problem that may come your way which leads many to incorporate multitools, pens, torches, knives and even guns (particularly in the US) into their EDC’s.

The problem I have, and for that matter have had for a while now is I don’t feel like my EDC is completed yet. In many regards I’m still trialling carrying different things with me and overall aren’t completely happy with every item that I do use.  This has been the mental barrier that has prevented me writing about it for so long, however recently I have come to a realisation; that is that I should just share what the things I currently use and start to discuss the conflicts/issues I have with certain items. Sharing my EDC also has the advantage of been able to track changes over time and review new products I’m trialling. So without further to do:

 

My EDC for 2014

I tend to split my EDC into to categories, what I carry on my person i.e. my pockets and what I carry in my bag, which to some extent will change depending on where I’m going, but for the most part remains fixed.

On my person

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  • Nexus 4 phone
  • Fitbit One
  • DDC Stuff Sheath
  • Field Notes Memo Books
  • Kara Kustoms Retract Pen w/ Pilot Juice Black Gel Ink Cartridge
  • Various card sized things (Credit Card, Drivers Licence etc…)

This part of my EDC is probably the most refined and “perfected” per say. Each item work really well into my daily routine and I find I get a lot of use out of them.

In my bag

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  • Book (constantly rotating, currently Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson)
  • Nalgene 1L Water Bottle
  • Tritium Vials (small glass vials containing a radioactive decaying material which ignites phosphors creating light)
  • Leatherman Wave Black
  • Wallet
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • New Nintendo 3DS
  • Keys
  • Tissues
  • IPod Touch
  • Sennheiser CX175 headphones
  • 8G USB
  • Coin Purse
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Fisher Space Pen

This is the part of my EDC I start having a few issues with. Overall I feel that many of these item are useful, but combined they take up too much space in my bag which leads to finding particular items a bit of a challenge. Furthermore I feel that there are a few items missing that I could include (suncreen, allergy pills) and also some things that need to be replaced because they have become unreliable (torch). Over the next coming months I’ll be experimenting with including some new items, removing others as well as upgrading some other components but for the time been this has been my EDC for most of last year and has served me pretty well. As I find new products that I add to my EDC I’ll be sure to review them throughout the year.

 

 

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