Making Sure I Have The EDC Essentials For This Day Trip
It’s almost 0500 and I’m ready to hit the road.
The coffee is brewing and I’m feeling pretty good.
Gotta make a day run and won’t be back until this evening, so I’m taking a few everyday carry essentials with me.
The wallet’s a trusty friend. It’s actually a Field Notes leather cover that also has credit card slots that I picked up from MihaiLeather for about $40. I added a Leuchtturm1917 pen loop and am using a J. Herbin pocket pen that’s filled with a custom Bad Black Moccasin (DNA infused ink) from Noodler’s Inks. I could go into that in another post.
I like the vintage look and feel of the 1941 Brass Replica Zippo. No, it’s really a Zippo, but a 1941 style. Fully refilled and ready for the day. This staple of my EDC is always with me, usually hanging out in the 5th pocket, ready at a moment’s notice. I also have a full size BIC lighter in that canvas bag as a backup, but I’ve never really needed it.
The Nitecore Tube is a handy little pocket light that sits in that 5th pocket as well. It’s rechargeable via standard Android cable in about an hour, and provides 45 lumens (1hr) or 1 lumen (48hrs). Normally, I just use the 45 lumen mode when I need quick, fast light, but I also have a Pelican 3310 sitting in the EDC bag. That one does 376 Lumens (1hr) or 35 lumens (202hrs!!!) and is IPX7 waterproof. I got that one for the insanely long runtime.
I always have a knife (or three) on me. Today, I felt like taking the HigonoKami. A good, razor sharp handmade Japanese blade that’s all utility. There’s a lot of history and culture in this blade as it’s made personally by the last remaining member of the Knife Maker’s Guild in Japan.
In the bag itself, I have a Gerber Suspension for light duty work, First Aid kit, some snacks, a notebook and Fisher Space Pen and a couple over the counter medications (ibuprofen, DayQuil, Benadryl, etc…), extra batteries for the flashlights and a couple other items.
I’ll do a bag dump later on in the week, but right now, it’s time to hit the road.