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6 New Year's Resolutions for a Better Everyday Carry

Mikey Bautista
6 New Year's Resolutions for a Better Everyday Carry

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With a new year upon us, it's always a good idea to take a step back, empty our pockets, and take inventory of our everyday carry.

Hopefully you've gotten your EDC to a point where it kept you prepared through the past year, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

Taking a good look at what, how, and why we carry what we do and how it helps us—and more importantly, looking at the areas where it doesn't or can't—lets us build an even better EDC.

To do that, you might need to make a few changes, so we've made a list of “EDC resolutions” worth giving a shot this year.

Try them out, shake up your EDC, and who knows—your new setup just might prepare you for an awesome new year.

1. Be More Organized

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We can all strive towards keeping our essentials tidy and organized. It makes things easier to find, harder to forget, and can help remind you to keep the rest of your life in order.

One of the best ways to do it is with a pouch organizer or gear sheath, or find a bag with plenty of pockets—anything and everything that keeps your gear close and within arm's reach the moment you need them.

2. Carry Less, Do More

View Hans's minimalist EDC

If you're not perfectly satisfied with every item in your carry, this is a good place to start. It's all about zeroing in on your most essential gear, and letting go of excess and dead weight.

Think about the gear you use the most that you get the most value out of, then invest in upgrading those items. For example, say you spend a lot of time at work cutting things or writing notes. Considering the time and effort you'd save, upgrading to a sharper knife or a more comfortable pen would be worth it.

As for the gear you barely use, try to minimize. That could mean downsizing an item to a backup-sized version, consolidating a few tools into a small multi-tool without sacrificing functionality, or cutting it out of your EDC entirely.

When decluttering, be sure to donate your tools to friends and family who could use 'em.

3. Be Better Prepared for Emergencies

View Mike's Altoids tin first aid kit EDC

Maybe your carry feels too minimal, and you want to have more options just in case. Consider a first aid kit, emergency tools, or even just having smaller backups on you or in the places you frequent, like your car or office. Maybe the weather is unpredictable around your parts and you would benefit from keeping a portable umbrella or packable rain shell in your EDC bag. A great way to ease into this is by starting small, using an Altoids tin to build out your emergency kit as shown by Everyday Carry member Mike above.

4. Cover More Bases

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A common phrase in EDC is “have your bases covered.” Put simply, have a tool for every main task: cutting, illumination, starting a fire, etc. Plug up any holes in your EDC’s capabilities and make sure it's able to handle all the needs of your day, whether work or play.

5. Express Yourself More

View Chris's blue EDC

At a basic level, your EDC should meet your needs when it comes to practical usage and functionality. But your carry has the potential to be highly personalized, and it’s a great way to express yourself.

Once you’ve got your practical essentials down, don’t be afraid to experiment with personalizing it — that means accessorizing it, switching up colors/aesthetics, or throwing in some sentimental or fun items if it improves your day-to-day.

The past few years have given rise to things like tops, spinners, and fidget tools, and the market is wide open as far as making your EDC unique and truly something that tells a story about you.

6. Carry Something New

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EDC is a highly trial-and-error process. And like most things in life, to make something better means having to leave your comfort zone. Try carrying something new in your EDC that could be handy; you’ll never know unless you give it a shot.

A handkerchief, a minimalist wallet, a small flashlight, a notebook... any or all of these could be gamechangers, and might improve and enrich your day in ways you never thought of before.

What are your EDC goals for this year, and how are you planning to reach them? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aaron ·
These are some good tips. I really need to go through ALL of the EDC gear and purge things that aren't being used.
Matthew James Smith ·
I have notebooks (write in rain, etc) in car, in bags, etc. ,but I stopped carrying on in my pocket when I realized I was using my memo app, in my phone, almost all the time....just food for thought.
Mikey Bautista ·
Same for me, all my scheduling, planning, and even writing for this site is all with online tools. I stopped using my 2016 planner about halfway through the year, haha.
Paul Tobeck ·
Already started on getting better organized. Can't recommend the Maxpedition Micro enough. I use it as an extension of my pocket carry. If I'm carrying light for the day, the Micro holds my heavier duty carry in case it's needed, and vice-versa. I'm dedicating my Maxpedition Fatty to my extended EDC, filled with the items I don't normally use. A third pouch is getting dedicated to tools and repair items (a bigger prybar, screwdrivers, slip joint pliers, adj wrench, tape, glue sticks, shrink tube, lubricant, etc.) when travelling to any family dinners/functions. You'd be surprised how many times a specific tool comes in handy for a quick repair at my less knowledgeable friends/families houses.
Last, but not least, taking the time to update our car, home and EDC first aid kits. With the colder weather and less outdoor activities, this is a great time to open them up and replace missing/expired items, and add other items you might be missing.
Happy EDC New Year everyone!
Have had issues with battery life on headlamps, therefore just bought the new release Nitecore NU20 headlamp, same functions and price as the TIP but in a headlamp form. If goes well will buy 2 more for packs including med kit.

My other change this coming year is watches...
I enjoy a 3 piece collection under $500 total but have different size and lugs meaning more strap cost to change the look. Will be starting a new 3 piece under $1000 total. As my wrist is 6.75 and wife is 6.0 doing watches either can wear (unisex concept) with size being under 40mm and all lug sizes 20mm therefore a small set of straps/bracelet function on all three.

Current lineup considering...
For EDC Seiko SARB 013 Alpinist, best field style watch under $500.
For Dress likely Seiko SARB 033 or 035. This is the most unsure as considering other manufacturers.
For Sport/Diver, really only one option under 40mm with 20mm lug... The Seiko SKX013. This will be the first purchase. Least expensive of three at around $200 and no real other options to consider.

For the knife, as soon as the Ontario RAT2 in D2 is released will replace both the Rat2 in AUS8 share rotation with the SteelWill Mini Cutjack in D2.

Have yet to see a good replacement for the retired, discontinued SAK Harvester with 2nd blade as the pruner, hawkbill but may consider a Boker Plus multi tool version.

And looking for a good right angle ADJUSTABLE EDC light, have yet to find anything that matches the 2014 Fenix MC11, hopefully Fenix will release a newer version with more output. Be nice to have the step options found on the Fenix RC05 of 5, 50, 150, 300.

2018 will hopefully bring new options not currently available as I seem to be stuck with discontinued models being preferred over current lineup, even my Leatherman Juice is the retired KF4.
Chris Liebermann ·
Good article. Just bought a watch to add to my EDC. We'll see how it goes as I have not worn one since the last century.
Scott Johnson ·
I gave up my wrist watch 20 years ago. Can't stand the watch moving around so I always kept it tight. Eventually it hurt my wrist. Wore a belt watch for a bit but stopped once I got my first smartphone 3 years ago.
pGeek ·
What knife is in the author's photo? The scales on that SAK look like leather.
Bernard Capulong ·
It's a Hunter, but the leather scales were custom/DIY. No info on where to cop unfortunately
pGeek ·
Thanks for the info.
Chiffon ·
Carrying less but doing more and subsequently carrying something new will start a vicious cycle within myself to search and carry more fancy gear.

I didn't regret getting a Lamy Safari for myself on New Year's Eve though.
Mikey Bautista ·
That's a great pen. Sad that as a lefty I can't make the most/best use of fountain pens. :(
Scott Johnson ·
I recently switched from an altoids tin in a camera pouch on my belt to more pocket carry items. Found I wasn't using the Leatherman bits, bit extender or mini ratchet very much at all.
Stephen Ferguson ·
What watch is that in the authors picture?
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