What should every man carry on a daily basis? (A Manly E.D.C.)

Hey everybody, I am new to the site and I was sitting thinking about what a man should carry on a day to day basis. Here are some essential things I carry every day and I wanted to know what you all carry as well. Thanks, Justin.

Things Every Man Should CARRY!

1. Watch 
I prefer a nice leather watch. Don't be cheap, but don't over due it either. In other words, you get what you pay for here. I've always like the stylish old fashioned brown or burgundy band watches, with gold plated overlay and roman numeral numbers. That's just me. If you want my opinion, get a different watch to fit every occasion. That way, you can't go wrong. Remember, a classic never goes out of style.

2. Wallet or Money Clip
Ideally, own one of both. That way, you never run-down either one. Plus, you have the benefit to be ready for any personal occasion. Again, a classic brown leather wallet and a money clip of your choosing should do the trick. Warning: Careful about the magnetic money clips, because I've heard they can de-activate the black strip on the back of the credit card. (I am not sure if this rumor is true, but you never know.) Of course, you shouldn't be carrying too many credit cards anyway, right?

3. Handgun
Why leave home without some personal protection? It's your life, protect it. 

4. Handkerchief
This handy little number goes a long way, than just blowing your nose. Wiping your hands, giving to a lady, or simply picking up something you don't want to touch. The list goes on and on...so just buy one.

5. Pocket knife/ Multi-tool
YES, it become extremely handy. Opening boxes, (don't use your teeth you barbarian animal, your dentist would appreciate it.), cutting an apple, unscrewing anything...you get the point.

6. Mints
Nobody wants to smell bad booty.

7. Pen/ small note pad
Again, it doesn't have to be anything fancy. But a nice fountain pen, does add a layer of sophistication.

This is often overlooked, but yes, always carry cash. Plastic makes you look broke, check books are too damn bulky. Not to mention, some place you simply can't use credit or debit. Wanna buy your kids one soda at the gas station, find a good deal at a yard sale, plan on tipping that stripper, or try getting a just a basic haircut. Man-up folks and always carry cash.

$200-300 is the magic number.

In the money clip:

1-2       $100  Benjamin Franklin (outside)  - Looks stylish and will get you out of any type of emergency.
2          $  20
3          $  10
4          $    5
10        $    1

You'll be ready for what every life throws your way.

a.  ID Cards: Drivers License, Concealed pistol license, maybe Student ID.
b. One Debit Card, Two Credit Cards with a ZERO balance for unexpected emergencies.
c.  Heath insurance and Library card.

That's it. Keep it simple.

10. Key Chain Essentials:

Car, House, Safe Keys
Flashlight (on a key chain)
Multi-tool (on key chain)
USB Flash Drive (on key chain)
Store Discount cards (on key chain)
Nail clippers (on key chain)

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You have some logic flaws

if you have 8 Cash which include "$100  Benjamin Franklin (outside)  - Looks stylish and will get you out of any type of emergency." you don't  need 3. Handgun.

The Discount store cards can be put on an app in your phone, also your phone can be a flash light.

I think you forgot your calling cards and business cards and a case for them.  You calling card has the same info as a business card but with your personal information.  Even in this day and age if you want to make a contact or leave someone your number or a note you need your personal calling card, or if it is business related your business card.

I like the list except the handgun.   


Just curious here, what do you have against a handgun?

Hey there - there are a couple edc groups as well you might want to check out. 

I like your list, though a few things are certainly optional (handgun), and others would be added by preference or vocation (camera, extra battery/card, etc.). I also make allowances for attire based on weather - if I'm not wearing a sportcoat, a lot of "edc" things are not carried that day.  

Big omission: Organ donor card. It won't be your life forever; make someone else's a whole lot better.

Why leave home without a handgun? Because it's functionally illegal where I'm going, for starters.

Day-to-day, I find $20 in cash covers the sodas, the yard sales, the haircuts, and the strippers. If I'm meeting friends for a meal, I bring more than enough to cover my share, preferably in small bills to make things easier. I disagree with your aesthetics of credit cards, but that's just aesthetics.

Agree. +1

I feel like a minimalist for edc.  Wallet with license, cc, and a little cash in it, pocket knife, handkerchief and keys.  

Watches seem like unnecessary ornaments anymore.  Im and advocate for concealed carry, but I choose not to.  Can't think of too many places that don't accept cash, but I will say its easier to budget when you use cash. 

Sounds like you put alot of importance to how people perceive you, based on what you carry.  If they're the sort of person that would judge you based on that, why would you care what they think? 

Like what he said in the last part, you sound like a twelve year old boy with your perception stuff. You do NOT put benjamins on the outside because they look "stylish." You put ones on the outside because they don't scream "Rob me, I'm an idiot."

It is that way in Philly.  I NEVER show my cash while in the city.

Just foolish.

Perhaps he wishes to use the handgun?  

Flashing a wad of an apparent money clip of $2,000 makes sense in terms of fishing for conflict.

Would that could be premeditated murder OR standing one's ground (as long as you shoot the person and not shoot warning shots), depending on the state you are in.


I carry my keys and my phone. When I plan to buy something I take cash or my card. To this day I haven't needed anything more.

If I'm travelling anywhere I can't get to by bike I carry my travel pass, no need to pay for the buses or trains it comes straight out of my account with a card.

Nice opinion piece.  However, there's even a group devoted to EDC items.  Check it out.

I think the list is a little overdone, but to each his own.

personally, my own is a little more streamlined.

1. Wallet (contains cash, cards and license).

2. Pocketknife-Case SodBuster Jr.

3. Handgun-Ruger SP101 in .357 magnum

4. Cell phone (flashlight, notepad, timepiece, and of course communications)

5. Soft restraints (kind of like zip-ties only made out of shoestring type material) easier to carry than metal handcuffs.

6. Keys-house, car, lock box and handcuffs.

If you haven't deduced, I am a law officer-so personally for me, the handgun is a must.


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