My Everyday Carry
(I usually carry a flashlight but lost it a few weeks ago and have not been looking for a new one yet. This needs to change. I would also almost call my iPad Air an EDC but it’s mostly traveling between my car and my home office.)
Obviously there are a few other things I need every day, like a charging cable and headphones for my phone, keys, a ballpen and a wallet for money/cards/drivers license. Of course as a craftsman I need many other tools but all these things are either not always *with me* or always located in the car.
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