So it’s the weekend and as this is a legal and lifestyle blog, while I’ve been fairly light on in terms of legal issues so far a whole 24 hours in, it’s time for something lifestyle related. Today it’s a post on Everyday Carry (EDC), a term you may or may not have heard of.
So what may you ask is EDC? Wikipedia explains it as : (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everyday_carry)
“Everyday carry (EDC) or every day carry refers to items that are carried on a consistent basis to assist in dealing with normal everyday needs of modern western society, including possible emergency situations. Some of the most common EDC items are knives, flashlights, multitools, wallets, smartphones, notebooks, and pens. The type and quantity of such items may vary widely.”
Here’s a very good primer – http://www.primermagazine.com/2015/spend/an-introduction-to-everyday-carry .
EDC is not just for outdoors types or those interested in guns and knives, despite the requisite pocket knife being in most EDC kits and the occasional handgun (not in Australia!).
I’ve discovered EDC has become something of a web phenomenon and in line with my own interests in design and branding, very much design and digital orientated. It is a very popular topic on social media including Pinterest (e.g. https://au.pinterest.com/hellista/edc-every-day-carry/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/everydaycarry/?hl=en).
As a great example of the blending of design and EDC, take a look at The New Artemis website here : http://thenewartemis.com/category/everyday-carry . It’s not just a male thing either, the New Artemis site is run by a female
Lastly, EDC is not just about contents, the tray you put your EDC in at home or at work is equally important, see http://everydaycarry.com/edc-valet-trays-catch-all and http://hiconsumption.com/2015/07/best-edc-valet-trays-for-men/ . I’ve seen Hermes tray with EDC contents in my travels.
What is in your EDC? Feel free to comment below. A cool pic of mine to follow, once it is complete (and I when I have a nice tray!)
Next time, minimalist wallets and similar, an EDC staple!