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The Beginner's Guide to Everyday Carry Watches

In this installment of Carry Smarter, we'll explain everything you need to know about watches to make sure you're getting your hard-earned dollar's worth when you invest in your next timepiece. Don't worry, we're not getting into overly technical nuances of gaskets and springs here.

By the end of the guide, you'll know what those buzz words in the watch world really mean, so you can find the right watch for your everyday carry.

5 Tips for Your Next Weekend Camping Trip

If you're new to camping or don't do it as much as you'd like, it can be intimidating to get set up properly. So grab your gear, and we'll cover the rest. Here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind before you go camping that'll really save you some headache and stress.

10 Maintenance Tips to Keep Your EDC Going Strong

Even the most dependable gear wears down over time. Luckily, there's something you can do about it. By following a regular maintenance routine, you’ll keep your EDC in working order and get the most out of your gear. To put it simply: take care of your EDC, and it’ll take care of you.
In this guide, we’ve made maintenance easy. Read on to learn how to keep your gear in tip-top shape for the long run...

What Is RFID and Why Should I Carry an RFID-Blocking Wallet?

If you’ve ever shopped around for a new wallet to EDC, you might’ve noticed plenty of wallets out there boast RFID-blocking technology as one of their main selling points. In case you’re still not quite sure just what RFID is exactly, we’re here to fill you in. After all, your wallet is a very personal part of your gear. Before settling on something to stick with you for years, make sure you know what you’re getting into—especially if keeping your cards and personal information secure is important to you. Let’s break it down:

5 Tips to Gear Up in Style This Winter

Winter is coming. You’ve probably already noticed the sun setting way too early, how much harder it is to get out of bed in the morning, and the air getting too cold to head out without a proper jacket. For us EDCers at least, having to wear a jacket has a silver lining — more pocket space! But with the changing demands of the colder conditions creeping in, you’ll have to think carefully not just about how you dress, but also how you EDC. In this guide, we’ll break down some tips and recommendations to keep in mind to help you get your winter setup down cold.

How to Take Better EDC Photos in 7 Easy Steps

So you’ve finally put together an EDC you’re proud of. Your bases are covered, you’ve found your favorite gear, and now you’re ready to share it with the world. All that’s left is taking a photo that does your carry justice. If you’ve tried and every attempt ends up looking like this somehow, this guide should help. You might want to chalk it up to just having a bad camera, but with a few easy tips, you can drastically improve the quality of your photos with the equipment you already have on hand.

10 Non-Locking EDC Knives to Carry (Almost) Anywhere

We know some of you might feel left out when every promising knife out there seems to have a lock on it. Luckily, we’ve found some capable blades you can carry in even the most restrictive areas, or if you just want a simpler everyday knife. By the end of this Carry Smarter guide, you should have a better understanding of why some EDCers opt for non-locking knives, what to look for when choosing one, and ideas to start your search with our top 10 picks for EDC blades that are legal to carry practically anywhere.

The Beginner's Guide to EDC Flashlights

In this Carry Smarter guide, we shine some light on an essential but nevertheless poorly understood tool: the flashlight. We’ll explain torches and how they work piece by piece, and fill you in on how each component and feature can work for you. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to read a product page or spec sheet and speak the language like a true flashaholic.

5 Common Types of Locking Knives Explained

If you’ve ever shopped around for a pocket knife for everyday carry, you’d know there’s a staggering amount of options to choose from. Trying to make sense of the many types of knives and their subtle differences can get overwhelming. Of the many factors to consider when choosing something as personal as a knife, its locking mechanism is one of the most important. You should know what type of lock, if any, you should have depending on your needs and preferences before investing in a quality knife.

In this guide, we’ll show you some of the most common types of locking mechanisms you’d find in a desirable EDC knife. You’ll discover the advantages of having a knife that locks, which type is best suited for your EDC, how they work, and knives to consider if the locking type isn’t an option where you live.

How to Choose the Best Water Bottle for Your EDC

It’s hot out. Brutal, at times. Staying hydrated throughout the day is one of the most effective ways to keep cool against this summer’s unrelenting heat. Drinking plenty of water is also just a healthy habit to have! For something as essential as water to keep nearby, not just any bottle will do for your daily carry. In this Carry Smarter guide, we’ll break down some key features to consider when picking an everyday bottle and recommend our favorites to fit your hydration needs.

How to Build a Weatherproof EDC

Life in the Philippines isn't always the tropical paradise our tourism department would have the world believe. We are far enough from the equator to enjoy cool weather during parts of the year, but close enough to the Ring of Fire to be burned in its wake. We've been battered by heat waves, storms, floods, and earthquakes in our recent past, and the writing on the wall is that we're in for much worse...

15 Essentials to Finally Put Your Coin Pocket to Use

Every pair of pants you’ve ever worn probably has one — that little pocket inside the right front pocket. As EDCers, we need to use our pocket space wisely. So it’s important to not overlook this little guy, the fifth pocket, as a valuable resource for carrying our essentials. In this installment of Carry Smarter, you’ll learn what that curious tiny pocket is all about, why you should make the most of this pocket, and our list of ideas of essentials that might be a great fit for both your fifth pocket and your everyday carry.

The Best Dive Watches Under $200

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 (especially now that summer’s in full swing). 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 to help you take the plunge into the world of dive watches.

The 6 Worst Things to Happen to Your EDC (and What to Do About Them)

As EDCers, we take pride in being resourceful and prepared at any given moment. That’s why we carry what we do every day. But sometimes, life happens — and even our finely-tuned essentials can fail us. We wouldn’t wish that on anyone, so we’ve listed some quick tips to avoid these situations. 

In this guide, we bring up some worst-case scenarios for your EDC, how to prevent or remedy them, and what gear you can carry to make sure you’re prepared for when things go south.

How to Choose a Pen Tough Enough to EDC

Investing in a quality writing instrument has plenty of benefits, and an especially tough pen can easily last a lifetime. In this installment of Carry Smarter, you’ll discover what to look for to make sure your next pen is built to last, and what types of pens might best suit your needs. Lastly, we list 8 of the toughest pens you can buy to make your search (and next writing session) go smoothly.

The Best EDC Flashlights Under $100

You know how handy and awesome flashlights can be in your carry. Now that you also know what makes for good EDC lights, here are five of our favorites, all affordable enough to add to your kit at under $100.