Everyday Carry aka EDC for short is a simple yet underutilized concept. The idea is that we compile a list of the most essential items for us to carry on us at all times. Things that give us maximum utility and prepares us for whatever the day brings.
Some of the most common items that you will find in EDC are - smartphones, keys, wallet, knives
Lets take those items and delve deeper to see how we can improve them. Why? For the simple fact that we want to optimize the things that we use daily; they should mean most to us since they set a basic standard to our day.
Smartphone - One of the most important forms of communication. From being able to | call | text | send images and videos to someone | to | browsing social media | shop online | get directions to a location |. These are just some of the surface things we do almost everyday of our life with our cellphones. So what do we look for when improving this item? Functionality, reliability and best bang for our buck of course. Here are a couple of our suggestions and why.
What we have here is the Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3 XL and iPhone XS Max (from left to right). All three of these phones posses -
Incredible Battery Life - Galaxy Note 9 (38 hours), Pixel 3 XL (20 hours), iPhone XS Max (20 hours)
Screen Size - Galaxy Note 9 (6.4), Pixel 3 XL (6.3), iPhone XS Max (6.5 inches)
Camera - All of them have an amazing 12MP rear camera and (8|8|7 MP respectively)
Price - $899 - $1,449 with the Pixel 3 XL being the lowest, Galaxy Note 9 middle, and the iPhone XS Max being highest (depending on storage size for each phone of course).
Anyone of these three would be a great upgrade to your EDC and provide a cellphone you can rely on for heavy use. Our final verdict if we had to pick just one would be the Galaxy Note 9 for its impressive battery.
Keys - This plays a huge role in our day to day life from being able to get into our house, car, office, etc. We rely on them heavily and yet they're the easiest thing to lose around the house. They also can cause wear and tear on other items that we have in our pockets... this is why we want to keep them organized and inclosed.
Our two favorites for this are -
Bellroy Key Cover Plus
Orbitkey in Leather
Wallet - This usually holds your most valuable items you own - credit card, debit card, cash, state ID, and license. The problem with most wallets is that they also hold things that we don't need... lint, pocket change, business cards we never look at, etc. We take the typical leather bi-fold wallet that you see and reimagine / redesign it all.
Which leads us to The Slate Minimalist Wallet! An easy way to keep all your cards organized and reduce the wallet bulk. This wallet holds 1-12 cards comfortably and comes with a money clip or cash strap option to carry any dollar bills you have. It's also built with RFID protection which means thieves will NOT be able to steal your valuable card information wirelessly. A couple of other bonuses is that every Slate wallet comes with a lifetime warranty, and currently a complimentary hotel voucher to select cities. The hotel voucher itself is worth between $120 - $1,500 depending on the location picked, which instantly pays back and more the cost of the wallet itself.
Knives - These can come in very useful from self protection to practical utility like slicing a fruit on your hike. We also take into consideration multitools which comes with small knives typically as well. When choosing the right knife or multitool the things we want to look for are comfortability (what fits easy on our waist or pocket), durability, and functionality. Here are a couple of our suggestions with video reviews for why!
Benchmade Hunt 15080-1 Crooked River
Kershaw Emerson CQC-7
SOG PowerAccess Deluxe
There are several other items that also go into a typical EDC lineup such as a flashlight, notepad, and pens. We only wanted to give a surface taste of what Everyday Carry essentials look like. Our company inherently is a part of the everyday carry community and even plans on releasing more items that will help in providing quality daily essentials. If you would like to be a part of our Slate family please subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom so you're informed anytime we make post like this.
We would also like to hear your thoughts on Everyday Carry down below. Also if you have your own EDC lineup list the items and price tag down below as well!
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