Buying Guides

Tried and True Essentials

Not all EDC gear is created equal. Some tried and true essentials rise above the rest and become your go-to gear. Our friends over at Huckberry know a thing or two about adventuring, and these are some of their best selling tools you can add to your own carry. Whether you’re looking to replace a specific item or two, or want some durable essentials for your next adventure these are some solid recommendations to keep your bases covered.

The Best Key Organizers of 2017

Until you can unlock your front door with a fingerprint scanner, keys are always going to be a part of your EDC. You could toss 'em in your pocket, but the resulting giant lump of metal just isn't comfortable. And dangling them from your belt loop means everyone can hear you coming a mile away. So, what's the best way to carry your keys? Thankfully, that's a question many brands have been working hard to answer, leaving us with plenty of great solutions to key organization. With a solid key organizer, you can turn your messy, jangly keychain into something you can be proud of — just like the rest of your gear. In this guide, we'll go over some of the most efficient key organizers on the market.

The Best AA Flashlights of 2017

One important consideration when choosing the best EDC flashlight for your needs is the type of battery it uses. On paper, LED flashlights that take AA batteries seem a bit out of place. They aren't the most powerful or longest lasting, nor are they compact enough to carry on a keychain like other EDC lights. But the main draw of AA batteries is their availability.

You can find them everywhere, from gas stations to grocery stores, so if your main EDC light uses it, you can bet you'll never be far away from a backup source for it. Even better: modern AA flashlights can make use of rechargeable AA batteries (or their more powerful lithium-ion versions), saving you money in the long run while giving you a performance boost to boot.

Whether it's for availability or convenience, an AA flashlight is a great choice for everyday carry. We've put together 12 of the best EDC flashlights below.

The Best Pocket Notebooks for EDC

If you’re already carrying a good EDC pen, a pocket notebook is the next logical step. Often, it’s harder to find something to write on than it is to find something to write with. While browsing the site, you may have noticed more and more pocket notebooks showing up in EDCs. While it might seem like a trend, the truth is, lots of us rely on these little notebooks to write down critical information, notes, lists, and more. We’ve already outlined why you should carry a pocket notebook in general, but today we're highlighting the 10 best notebooks worth carrying.

The Best Bottle Openers for EDC

Chances are, you probably already have a bottle opener (or six) on you once you're all geared up. Bottle openers are so popular in EDC gear thanks to their simple design that makes them easy to add in. But because of how common they may be, they don't get as much attention they deserve. The truth is, there are so many interesting and fun ways to integrate a bottle opener into your everyday carry. Even if you don't drink often, they're great to have at parties (you'll make friends quick if you can help open beers for everyone). So, why not carry one? If you don't EDC one already, or feel like upgrading what you've been cracking open cold ones with, we've rounded up 20 of our favorite bottle openers below.

10 Travel Bags for Your Next Getaway

Whether you've been hitting the books hard these last few months at school or putting in work at the office, you're probably feeling like your next vacation can't come soon enough. With spring right around the corner, now's the time to treat yourself to a little break (or at least start planning for one). And as relaxing as a quick vacation can be, all the travel involved usually isn't. That is, unless you've got a proper travel bag to make the trips go smoothly.

The 10 Best EDC Wallets in 2017

Phone, keys, and last but not least, wallet. Okay, you're good to go. 

Your wallet's one of those things you pat down your pockets for in the morning because you simply do not want to leave it behind. 

You can already imagine the headache that would ensue without it: no way to buy a snack to thwart midday hangriness, not being able to get on the train as part of your morning commute (which is stressful enough as it is), and so on.

Given how essential your money, IDs, and other cards are to just getting through the day, it really pays to have the best wallet you can get to carry them all.

A good everyday carry wallet has uniquely functional features, reliable materials, and—above all else—a slim profile. In this guide, we're highlighting 10 of the best EDC wallets that fit the bill.

The 10 Best Affordable Dive Watches of 2017

Whether you’re just diving into a huge workload at your desk, or actually spending some time deep underwater, one thing is clear — a dive watch would be great to have on your wrist. You don’t need to be a diver to appreciate these high-performing, beautifully designed, and undoubtedly utilitarian timepieces for everyday use. In this Carry Smarter guide, you’ll get familiar with the basics of dive watches, what features to look for when buying a diver, and our picks for the best and most affordable options for 2017 to help you take the plunge into the world of dive watches.

10 Modern Gentleman's Knives

When you think of a gentleman's knife, you probably picture something old-fashioned, like a knife you'd find in your grandfather's pocket. There's definitely something appealing about a knife with such a simple, classic style. But when it comes to adding one to your own EDC, you probably can't get past the fact that those knives rely on old, outdated technology.

Good news — modern gent's knives are a thing, and they embrace the design tenets and advanced materials you'd expect on a knife today. These include frame locks, flipper assists, and lightweight materials, to name a few.

And just like their traditional brethren, modern gent's knives aren't huge tactical folders that draw unwanted attention. They look sharp and sport cutting edge technology. Finding a knife that balances both advanced features and a refined, timeless style can be tough. We've laid out 10 solid options to get you started.

Trending Gear: February 2017

This past month, you all seemed to be most interested in some of the most unique (and tiny!) knives for EDC. There's also a nice trend of consolidating and managing your carry with the use of organizers. And while there are some usual suspects on the list, there are plenty of new and interesting additions that make a fresh appearance. Let's take a look.

10 Classic Gentleman's Knives

Your EDC knife says a lot about you. And while any standard everyday carry knife can get the job done, chances are it'll raise some eyebrows and awkward questions depending on when and where you use it. That's why carrying something that can fly under the radar is often a good idea. A tactical folder probably isn't the best fit for this, especially when you need to dress up a bit for the occasion. What you want is something your coworkers won't bat an eye at. Something that looks as sharp as it cuts. That something, for a lot of EDCers, is a gent's knife. Thankfully, there's a wide variety to choose from when it comes to gent's knives. In this guide, we'll focus on 10 of the more “old school” options with traditional designs and timeless charm.

The 10 Best Keychain Flashlights for EDC

Your keychain is one of the most convenient places to keep your tools. You carry your keys every day anyway, so adding extra gear to them—like a flashlight—ensures you always stay prepared.

You might think to get a flashlight that's powerful enough to be worth carrying would take up way too much pocket space. But thanks to LED and battery tech, even smaller modern lights are more than powerful enough for everyday use. The best part is that many of them can live right on your keychain, always within reach.

A good part of our days is spent in the dark, so carrying a light is always a bright idea. Here are 10 of the best flashlights that can go on your keychain to round out your EDC.

The Best Multi-functional Keychains for EDC

No matter how streamlined your EDC is, there’s no avoiding carrying keys. If you're going to toss them on a keychain anyway, why not use one that adds some extra functionality to your EDC? 

A good EDC keychain will not only carry your keys, but also handle everyday tasks like opening bottles and boxes, prying, and driving screws. 

Whether you’re looking for something discrete that won’t look out of place at work or something a little more tactical, a multifunctional keychain is a quick and easy way to upgrade your key situation and round out your carry. 

In this guide, we’ll help you carry smarter with 10 of the best multifunction keychains you can get.

Bug Out Bag Survival Gear Checklist

If you need help starting your own bug out bag kit, we've put together this checklist to give you an idea of what bases you should have covered.

This list should give you a good foundation for starting your BOB, but feel free to sub in your preferred products for each category and add anything else you'll need.

The 10 Best One-Piece Multi-tools for EDC

Whether you’re looking to slim down your pockets or just want a backup tool for your keychain, a one-piece multi-tool could be the perfect compromise between functionality and convenience. In this guide, we'll help you keep your bases covered with the best one-piece multi-tools you can get.

6 Bug Out Bags to Prepare You for Anything

If you needed to escape a disaster right now, be it natural or man-made, what would you take with you? Chances are what you carry around everyday in your pockets won't be enough to make it through an emergency.

What you need is an emergency pack full of essentials to help you and those you care about get to safety. In the EDC community, we call this a bail-out bag or bug-out bag (you might also see it as a B.O.B.). Whatever you choose to call it, it's important to have one on hand and ready to go.

Before putting together a bail-out kit, it's crucial to start with a good bag for the job. To help you out, we've put together a list of great options for bug out bag duty.