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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?’

 

The options:

EDC Bag

Pouches and Pockets

Actually in your pockets

Keyrings

 

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. . . .

 

EDC Bag

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.

Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack S-Type

Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack S-Type

 

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.

Maxpedition Pocket Organiser Micro

Maxpedition Pocket Organiser Micro

 

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!

Leatherman Pocket Clip and Lanyard Rind

Leatherman Pocket Clip and Lanyard Rind

 

Keyrings

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.

Spyderco Bug

Spyderco Bug

 

Remember

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!

Comments

3 thoughts on “How do I carry my EDC? – Bags, Pouches and Pockets

  1. Marc - 12:06 pm 13/08/15

    EDC pouches, and especially the Maxpedition range are useful for so many more things than just the EDC nature of them, which is why I have a couple which get used constantly. I have the EDC pocket organiser and the bigger Beefy one which has turned out to be a fantastic pouch for use with my going away charging kit that I have put together, allowing myself and my wife to charge just about anything we take away on holiday with us. The smaller EDC pouch gets its contents chopped and changed around almost constantly and normally gets used when I don’t have my bag or jacket on.

  2. gazza - 3:25 pm 22/03/16

    My EDC these days is a Maxpedition coin purse; I find it’s just the right size to fit in a Buck Canoe, Leatherman Squirt, a few tablets, paracord, Fenix AAA torch & spare battery, couple of plasters (I’m clumsy), bit of wire, bit of tape, pencil & paper, matches & striker and some spare hearing aid batteries.

  3. Wez - 3:48 pm 22/03/16

    My EDC is on my belt and in a Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organiser which sits in one of my cargo pockets of my trousers. So my true EDC is my phone, Fenix PD32 2016, 2x 18650 batteries, keys, knife, some little multi-tool’s that contain knives, screwdrivers, prybars etc and some first aid items that I have put together. Also a spare battery for my phone is in the organiser and a portable thin rectangular power bank in my trouser pocket.

    My “Extended” EDC is what I take to work with me or if I am going on a long walk, because I would feel funny actually taking it actually everywhere with me. It’s a 5.11 Rush 24 backpack which has more/better/bigger tools, more/different first aid items, 3 Litre hydration system, spare phone battery with an external USB charger for it and it’s cable, etc.

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