EDC. What does it stand for, why is it important and why should every good man adhere to it religiously? Well, first and foremost, EDC is short for “Every Day Carry,” and it’s a phrase that references the things you carry on you at all times, whenever you leave your house. Some obvious EDC items are your house keys and wallet, but if you think those are the only EDC items to concern yourself with, you’re severely, severely mistaken.
There are plenty of categories of EDC; everything from convenience and efficiency, to self-defense and survival.
We went down the checklist and came up with our guide of some of our favorite EDC items. The best part? We made sure they were all under your “break-the-bank” limit.
Here are the 8 Best EDC Items Under 50 Bucks:
We’re fans of encouraging people to write more. Yes, write. Pen, paper, the whole thing. These pocket notebooks by WORD. are cut in 3.5-inch by 5.5-inch pages, and will fit in the back pocket of any pair of pants. We carry ours with us religiously, and use it for everything from writing down to-do lists and phone numbers, to jotting down random thoughts, ideas for content, aimless doodles and damn near anything else. We’re interested in spending as little time on our phones as possible, and keeping a quality pocket notebook is step number one.
Victorinox is the one real Swiss Army Knife manufacturer, and have been so since 1891 when they first started delivering their knives to the Swiss army. Aside from being a cultural phenomenon with a cult-like following, Victorinox also actually make some of the best out-of-the-box multi-purpose knives on the planet.
Their standard Explorer is what the company has built their legend on, and packs 16 features into the tiny pocket-sized body, including a large and small blade, can opener, scissors, magnifying glass, two screwdrivers, a bottle opener, corkscrew and wire stripper. There’s a whole line of other Swiss Army Knives, but the Explorer covers all the necessities.
Even if you’re not a smoker, carrying some kind of fire source on you at all times is imperative, whether you’re in the Great Outdoors or simply walking the streets. Heat shrinking, increasing visibility, giving a stranger a much-needed light, starting a fire, burning off clothing threads—there are a multitude of reasons why carrying a lighter around is smart, and there’s no better daily carry lighter than a standard Zippo.
Timeless design, windproof flame, all metal construction, made in the USA and even a lifetime warranty, Zippo has manufactured lighters for nearly a century — and you’ll understand why the minute you hold one in your hand.
As the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” And that’s exactly what motivated inventor Paul Fisher to come up with the idea for the Space Pen. NASA contacted him in the 1960s because they were looking for a writing utensil that could perform well under harsh conditions and in zero gravity. Fisher’s response was the AG7 (“AG” short for “Anti Gravity”), a ball point pen that could write anywhere, on any surface, in any weather.
To this day, the Fisher Space Pens are still considered the most reliable ballpoints on the planet, and make an ideal EDC item for all on-the-go writing. You’ll never need to own another pen again.
There might be some of you out there who think you don’t need a daily carry blade. That’s fine. You’re wrong, but it’s fine.
They’re obviously ideal self defense tools, but there are a lot of other perfectly practical reasons to carry one that don’t include self-defense. Cutting tasks arise all the time in our everyday lives, whether they be opening packages and envelopes, eating food, cutting string, camping, etc. A good blade can get you out of a multitude of situations, and it’s important to carry a quality one on you that won’t give up when the going gets tough.
The Atmos knife from Kershaw is a simple modified drop point with a weighted grippy G10 handle. It opens quickly thanks to Kershaw’s KVT ball-bearing opening system, features a deep-carry pocket clip for convenient access and superior concealment, and at just three inches long, its blade is enough to handle any job without bordering obnoxiousness.
If you’re looking for the ideal multi-tool and don’t really want something with the look of a pocket knife, Gerber’s Truss Multi-Tool is an excellent alternative. Gerber is known for their quality tools, and this one is no exception.
The handle is constructed from a single piece of steel, meaning it’s not as fragile as the molded junk you see on a lot of these types of tools. It features 17 tools, including two 2.25-inch blades (one fine, one serrated), scissors, needle-nose pliers, ruler, file, three differently sized flat head screw drivers, saw, real cross driver and more. It also features Gerber’s famous no-hassle guarantee. It’s the ideal EDC item for someone looking for utility without pomp, and it’ll last a lifetime.
With the addition of “flashlights” to most smart phones, a lot of people don’t really understand the value of carrying a designated pocket torch. But that’s probably because they’ve never owned an actual EDC flashlight.
We still consider them essential parts of our EDC, and the Olight S1 is one of our favorites because it’s incredibly compact and non-intrusive, has a maximum output of 500 lumens and comes in under 50 bucks.
We don’t think there’s a better light for the money, and once you see how small this thing really is, you’ll know you made the right choice. Remember: Better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
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