Introduction: Simple and Real EDC
This is my simple and real every day carry. Most people can't or won't carry a big kit everywhere they go. I know I won't religiously carry a kit everywhere, when I will never have a need for half of it. So here is an Intractable on what I carry on my person at all times and why I carry it.
Step 1: Low Tech Items
A Sharpie and Chapstick.
For writing I've got a sharpie its pretty effective for writing on any surface. I often need to write down a shopping list, dimensions, assignments. Note that I don't carry paper if I write something down I'll likely loose the paper. Therefore I tend to write on my arm. If I lose my arm I have bigger things to worry about than whatever I had written on my arm.
Chapstick for my frequently chapped lips. I have a very attractive girlfriend whom I enjoy kissing so soft lips is important.F
Step 2: Knife
I carry a Gerber EVO Jr. fine edge. It's a great knife, it has a liner lock, a 2.75 inch blade, it's tiny, light, sharp, and won't break the bank. I use it for everything from opening tricky packaging to cutting ropes. Also decent for self defense, thankfully I've never had to. For more info check out the link below.
Step 3: Flashlight
Was a gift from a friend and I use it all the time. At work, I'm working in the dark a lot of the time. I use it a lot at home as well looking for things under my bed and what not. It's also invaluable when the power goes out. For more info check out the link below.
Step 4: Watch
My watch of choice is the Timex weekender slip through. It works for time telling and it's affordable. The ability to change out bands is key. If it's damaged its easy to switch out. It's also great for changing the color of the band to go with your outfit of the day. Not only am I prepared, I'm stylish as hell. Check out the link for more info.
Step 5: Headphones
I carry the "Philips ActionFit Earhook" headphones and they're super. They work for what I use them for, they stay in my ears, they have a play/pause button, and volume control buttons. For more info check out the link.
Step 6: Wallet
I carry a Ralph Lauren skull and cross bones wallet. I got it on clearance at marshall's so I'm not sure where you can find the same one. It's a mix of polyester i believe and some leather.
Whats in my wallet?
-Gift card for buying things, not necessary for an EDC.
-ID for identifying myself.
-AP card, so I don't loose it. another one not necessary for an EDC.
-Library card, very useful loads of info at the library.
-One way train ticket from the furthest train station on my line to my hometown train station. If I'm ever out without money and need to get home. You should carry whatever's best for you, a train ticket, Metro card, bus ticket, etc. This only works if there's a public transportation system in your city. Be sure to cycle it so you don't have a useless expired ticket in your wallet.
-Cash for buying things, not shown.
-I also have a lucky two dollar bill in the interior pocket of my wallet.
It might be a good idea to carry my medical insurance card. However if I really need medical attention they need to help me regardless of my insurance status. Plus my pharmacy and regular doctor both have my insurance info on file.
Step 7: Keys
What is on my keys?
-Vans key chain with a bottle opening carabiner.
-Knight brand 3ft tape measure, fantastic for when things need to get measured.
-16GB staples brand tiny usb drive, because you always need one when you don't have one.
-Basement door key, for entering my basement door.
-House key, for entering my home.
-Associates house key, secondary location about a mile from my home.
-Bike lock key, my bike is my main form of transportation.
-Swiss tech brand Micro-Tech™ 6-In-1
-Wire cutters/Wire strippers/Sheet shears
Step 8: Cell Phone
I couldn't quite take a picture of it as I used it to take all the pictures. I have a few apps that are relevant to prepping, that will have its own Instructable. My phone is very scratched up as compared to most. That's what happens when it's carried everyday by a clumsy person.
Full specs http://support.apple.com/kb/SP655
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