My Everyday Carry (EDC) for Daily Life & Travel | Tools That Keep Me Organized, Safe, & Prepared

My Everyday Carry (EDC) for Daily Life & Travel | Tools That Keep Me Organized, Safe, & Prepared

We often talk about how to maximize your travel
through points and miles. But sometimes, it’s the small things in
life that can help save you time and effort, both in your daily life and when traveling. It might seem strange to some of you, but
there is a whole sub-community of people that are obsessed about what they carry every day. The concept is called everyday carry, or EDC. And today, we’re going to explore it. How’s it going, everyone? It’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, I want to share my everyday
carry for both my normal life and when I’m traveling. This is one of those topics that’s been
in my content pipeline for a while. If you’re into gadgets or tools, you’re
hopefully going to enjoy this video. I’ll be running through the items that I
generally carry in both work and travel situations. Hopefully, this might inspire or help you
to make your EDC more efficient and streamlined. Before we start, I do want to caveat that
this is not going to be focused solely on multi-tools. I’m working on a separate video on that
topic. Multi-tools are a bit tricky when it comes
to travel, so I want to dedicate a video on which tools I use and some tips for carrying
them. Also, sometimes the concept of EDC is associated
with weapons. That’s not part of my EDC, so I want to
be upfront in case that’s why you clicked on this video. But first, in case you’re new here, welcome
to our channel. Trip Astute is a travel channel that is focused
on sharing ways to make travel easier, affordable, and more enjoyable. Traveling can be stressful and expensive,
so we’re looking for ways to help you maximize your experience through travel tips, points
and miles, and innovative gear. If that sounds interesting to you, please
consider subscribing. I’m going to start with the items that I
carry in my daily life. Since I work in an office environment during
the week, my EDC revolves around items that help to organize things that I need to carry
and can save me time versus surviving in the wilderness. To start off, I use an organizer to keep my
keys tidy. The specific model that I’m using is the
OrbitKey Key Organiser. The OrbitKey holds between 2-7 keys and requires
either a screwdriver or coin to unlock the main screw that holds your keys. The one I have is made of leather, though
OrbitKey does offer ones in non-leather materials. I also got one for Fiona a few years ago and
she likes it as well. My only complaints with the OrbitKey is that
the leather feels a bit cheap, and the locking mechanism can be a bit finicky, especially
on the newer models. Also, while it keeps your keys mostly covered,
there are still metallic parts that can scratch items in the same pocket. The D-ring also has a tendency to slide up
and down the leather and get stuck, which I find a bit annoying. I ended up removing mine and just using a
steel ring. I recently received a similar product from
an Australian-based company called Jibbon that is launching on Kickstarter. They asked if I would be interested in checking
out their product, and after looking at it online, I thought it seemed interesting. I was surprised since their key organizer
addresses all the complaints that I have with OrbitKey. It uses Italian leather which gives it a much
more premium feel. It has a D-ring at the very end that is secured
in place but can be removed easily without any tools. And most importantly, your keys can be secured
into the organizer without any tools or coins. All you have to do is stack your keys into
the organizer and hand screw the top. Once it’s tight, just press down and you
are good to go. This is an improvement from the OrbitKey which
has extra washers that can easily get lost when you’re trying to add keys. They even offer accessories like USB drives
and multi-tools that can be added to their system. All the parts are made from marine-grade stainless
steel rather than the aluminum parts that you’ll find in a lot of other key organizers. Though what’s really cool is that there
is less metal material on the outside of the product. This means that it’s less likely to scratch
other items in your pocket. It definitely seems like an upgrade over the
OrbitKey. In my week or so of testing it, I have to
say that I am impressed and will be replacing my OrbitKey with the Jibbon. The Jibbon is available on Kickstarter for
about 27 US dollars. I think that’s a solid price, considering
that similar devices usually cost more. I would love to see Jibbon offer alternative
materials, especially for those that don’t like leather. However, this is their first keychain organizer,
so I’m sure we’ll see them grow their product line, especially since this one seems
to already be popular on Kickstarter. It was generous of them to send me one to
test out, and I honestly feel like it’s well-designed and worth checking out. Next on the list is my Bellroy Card Pocket
wallet. I won’t go into too many details since I
did a separate video review on it. It’s one of my favorite wallets for carrying
a lot of credit cards, which is perfect for points and miles collectors. Since I usually carry five or more cards in
my wallet, and often swap cards as bonus categories change, it makes sense to use a wallet that
doesn’t have pockets that stretch. Check out our review of the wallet for more
details. The next item is a multi-tool. For the past few years, I’ve been carrying
a Leatherman Style PS. It’s a great keychain multi-tool and one
that I’ve used for years. It has eight different tools, including spring-action
pliers, wire cutters, scissors, a screwdriver that fits both flathead and phillips-head
screws, tweezers, nail file, bottle opener, and carabiner. The one thing you’ll notice missing is a
knife blade. Having a pocket knife is extremely useful,
and I know EDC fans are going to hate me for saying this, but I honestly find it a pain
to carry a knife blade. I can’t tell you how many Swiss Army Knives
that I’ve had confiscated when entering different places and facilities. In fact, I used to have a Swiss Army Manager
Knife, which I thought was the perfect keychain size pocket knife and multitool. However, it was confiscated at Universal Studios
a few years ago. I was already too far along in the entrance
line, so I didn’t want to have to go back to my car and reenter the line and keep my
entire party waiting too. So I gave it up, even though I absolutely
loved that model. The keychain-sized Leatherman isn’t going
to replace your regular tools, nor will you be able to build a house with it. But for the occasional small issue or repair,
this tool has been extremely handy. When we traveled to Joshua Tree National Park
in 2017, I actually used my Style PS to pull off the Cholla cactus needles that were stuck
in my hand. The Leatherman Style PS costs about $30 and
is available on Amazon, Leatherman, and most sporting goods and department stores. I usually carry my phone in my left pocket
since I don’t want it to get scratched by all the stuff in my right pocket. In case you’re interested, I use a RhinoShield
bumper case. I think it’s a great compromise between
having a minimal case and still getting protection if dropped. The last thing I want to cover in my daily
EDC review are the small clips that I use with everything. They are called McGizmo clips, and they come
in all different sizes. I really like them since it makes adding and
removing items very quick and easy. For example, if I’m walking down to the
store and don’t plan to drive, I can quickly remove my car keys from my keychain. This also works well when I need to leave
my keys with an attendant, like when valet parking or having my car serviced. And when I might be going on a hike where
I might want to carry a small knife, I can quickly clip one onto my keychain. These clips are a bit tricky to find. I’ve ordered them through Berkeley Point,
but you can also find them on eBay. If you do get them, I recommend getting various
sizes. You’ll be amazed at how useful they are
and will likely want to start adding a clip to everything that you carry. Now let’s talk about my travel EDC. For travel, it’s generally a bit lighter. For one, I usually carry a different wallet,
depending on where I am going and whether I anticipate using more cash versus card. Since I usually only carry and use my Chase
Sapphire Reserve and Charles Schwab debit card while traveling, I don’t usually carry
the Bellroy Card Pocket since I don’t need the extra capacity. Plus, if I’m traveling to a place where
I will need to use cash more often, I prefer using a wallet that is more accessible when
it comes to notes. Specifically, one that doesn’t require me
to tri-fold my bills. We’ve done a lot of wallet reviews on this
channel, so I won’t go through all the options. However, check out our wallet playlist for
more information. I usually don’t carry my keys while traveling,
especially if I’m overseas. However, I still do carry a multi-tool. Instead of my Leatherman Style PS, I carry
a more simple and inexpensive tool like the Gerber Shard. The Shard is a one-piece design tool. It lacks the complexity of a real multi-tool
but instead is simple and straightforward. It still has some useful tools and functions,
including a pry bar, two flat-head screwdrivers, wire stripper, bottle opener, nail puller,
and Phillips screwdriver. Like the Leatherman Style PS, it doesn’t
have a knife blade, but I’ve found the screwdriver edges and nail puller to work great for opening
packages and bags. The reason I think this is a fantastic tool
for traveling is that it’s simple and easy to inspect. The classic multi-tool design requires someone
to open the tools to see what’s there. This doesn’t have that problem. Also, it only costs $7 and can be found for
even less on sites like Amazon. While the Leatherman Style PS can technically
pass through TSA since it doesn’t have a knife blade, I don’t actually travel with
it. The reason being that I would feel annoyed
having this tool confiscated by airport security, especially since it’s $30. Also, it does look a bit tactical, which doesn’t
bother me, but I worry that it might draw unnecessary attention if I were to carry it
while traveling abroad. While I do miss scissors and tweezers, I think
the Gerber Shard is a great compromise. And at $7, I won’t be heartbroken if an
airport official decides to confiscate it. There are other items that have come and gone
in my set-up, like flashlights and pens. I used to carry a small keychain pen called
the Nite Ize Inka Mobile, but I found myself using it less and less every day, especially
since things are much more digital these days. I also will use a pocket clip on my keychain
to keep it all better positioned in my pocket. I recommend the TEC Accessories P-7 keychain
suspension clip. It’s only $12, looks discrete, and does
a great job of keeping your keys and other items aligned in your pocket. What items do you carry in your EDC? I’d love to hear if you have any gadgets
or devices that you find especially helpful and useful. Let me know in the comment section below. I’ve included links to the items featured
in this video. Trip Astute does get a percentage if you use
some of the links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but
it helps us to continue building content for this channel. Also, with Father’s Day around the corner,
I’m hoping some of the items mentioned might spark gift ideas for you. If you enjoyed this video or found it useful,
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community. Until next time, travel safe and travel smart.

11 thoughts on “My Everyday Carry (EDC) for Daily Life & Travel | Tools That Keep Me Organized, Safe, & Prepared

  1. What items are in your everyday carry (EDC)? How does it change when you travel? ๐Ÿ˜Žโœˆ๏ธ

  2. Enjoyed the change in topic as it still relates slightly to travel. It had some great EDC items and looking forward to the next video.

  3. Great video! I have had the black the Gerber Shard since 2014 and itโ€™s great as an EDC. It also gets a nice looking patina with use ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Awesome video Ernest I have been looking for more easier approach to my everyday carry. I hate fat wallets I ordered some of your stuff you recommended. Here are the links of the three things I bought.

    I love the wallet and all three of these things.

  5. I carry a small Swiss made pocket knife every day. However, when I travel I switch to a junky off brand pocket knife, just in case airport security confiscates it, or I am pick-pocketed or robbed. Oftentimes I carry two off brand knives in case one goes bye-bye. I have a back up.. I purchase these at an flea market for $1.00 to $2.00 each.

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