How do I carry my EDC? – Bags, Pouches and Pockets
So far in our EDC series we’ve looked at ‘How to build and EDC list’. We’ve also looked at ‘how to choose the right UK Friendly EDC knife’ along with buying guides for EDC items like pens and watches. However, what we haven’t looked at specifically is ‘How Do I carry my EDC?’
Pouches and Pockets
Actually in your pockets
The above options are the main four that we have found here at Heinnie Haynes. Each offers a different way of carrying that could be more or less suited to you.
In this article we will look at how you can carry your EDC with the above methods, and what benefits each of them can bring you.
Let’s delay no further. . . .
An EDC bag should be several things: Strong, comfortable and small. Essentially it should be a bag that you can carry every day. Big enough for all the gear you’ll need on any given day, but not so big that you can’t carry it in the urban jungle. There really are some great bags available for EDC use. In particular Maxpedition have a really good range, especially looking at their Versipack and Gearslinger ranges!
Why are these better or different from your average bag? Well they are built to last which makes them slightly more expensive but, you more than make up for the cost in the design and build quality. Loads of EDC bags come complete with lots of little internal pockets which make carrying items easy, while also allowing you easy access to them should you need to. The other benefit of a specific EDC bag is that it’s designed to be used everyday. Other bags are designed to be cheap and cheerful; others are designed to be extremely hard-use. These bags fall in the middle of the road. Sure you can get good cheap EDC bags, just as you can get very poor but expensive bags. However, you will be able to find an EDC bag that meets all your every day needs.
Pouches and Pockets
You guys buy these in the hundreds, and we know why! They are brilliant, not only can you securely carry all your EDC gear in one place, but you can access it easily. The range of pouches and organisers available also lets you carry a wide range of EDC items, not just the standard objects that we may have mentioned in our EDC list guide. It’s also worth noting that these organisers come in all shapes sizes and colours to meet your needs. You can have taller and thinner or fatty and bigger, and anything else you can think of.
These pouches and organisers don’t have to be stand alone though. You can use them in conjunction wit your EDC bag or bug-out bag. You can still keep all you EDC kit in the one pouch, which you can then carry in one bag. The benefit is all your EDC gear is in one place and not spread throughout your bag where you risk losing it or be unable to find it when you actually need it.
Your actual pockets
Some of you will hate the idea of carrying stuff in a separate compartment, others will love it. For all you haters, luckily you too still have options. These options come in the form of pocket clips and lanyard holes. Pocket clips are attached to loads of different items such as folding knives and flashlights. They allow you to carry your EDC in a way that’s easily accessible, which is perfect. Downside though is that the items can bulk out your pockets and become uncomfortable, but if you have a small EDC collection and don’t need and organiser pocket clips are good. Also lanyard holes: You can attach paracord though them, which allows you to easily access your EDC. Paracord also is a great item to have as part of your EDC, and it’s interchangeable, so if your bored with a style of colour, you can easily swap it out! Winner in our eyes!
The final section of this post looks at EDC for your key rings. There are some brilliant pocket sized EDC items out there, and although small, shouldn’t be overlooked! We are pretty confident nearly everyone reading this will have their keys close to hand, which means they are prime for you to add EDC to. Whether you carry knives, torches, lighters or anything you can almost always find a key ring sized item for it.
Remember EDC is everyday carry. Think about what you use every single day and build your carry items around it. If you are stuck and don’t know where to start read our EDC list guide which will take you step by step how to choose the right gear for your needs!