Functional EDC Gear

Everyone and his little sister has posted some kind of an EDC expository, either in video or in writing. Still, it’s fun so I’m going to do mine.

snafu_pack_in_briefcaseFirst of all, I work in an office setting, so I carry a leather Duluth briefcase that’s appropriate to the environment. It’s got two big pockets on the front of it, each of which could potentially hold a standard Maxpedition EDC organizer. A Maxpedition Mini fits in there no problem, and leaves room to jam my primary flashlight (see below) in there if it gets to be a pain in the ass. The Mini is four inches high, by six inches wide, and it pretty much holds all of the basic stuff that I might need in the course of the day.

The Mini, as it’s now used, holds:

Maxpedition Mini

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  • Buck Bantam BLW 285 backup blade
  • ball point pen
  • Stanley bit driver
  • highlighter
  • Bic lighter
  • key fob with 6 ibuprophen
  • Fenix LD15 flashlight
  • Leatherman Juice S2
  • 1 spare AA battery for the LD15
  • pocket comb
  • first aid kit (hidden in photo)
  • laminated sheet with emergency contacts (hidden in photo)
  • 10 ft. of paracord (hidden in photo)
  • Jetscream whistle (hidden in photo)
  • Uncle Bill’s Sliver Gripper tweezers  (hidden in photo)
  • key fob with cash (hidden in photo)
  • standard nail clippers (hidden in photo)

Everything is entirely secure, with the exception of the Leatherman, but that’s no trouble as long as I remember to hold the Mini flat when I open it.

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In addition to the stuff in the Maxpedition Mini, I’ve got pockets in which I generally have :

  • Fenix LD20 flashlight
  • Leatherman Squirt PS4
  • SOG Flash II assisted open knife
  • small Bic lighter (not pictured)
  • whatever else might come in handy

I never used to bother with the multitools because they always seemed so clumsy and heavy. I figured that I’d be better off carrying around an actual pair of pliers if I really thought I’d need them. Once I found the smaller-sized Leatherman offerings I was eventually converted.

The important thing is to find the right balance of stuff. Nothing is useful if it weighs you down and gets in your way all of the time. The Maxpedition Mini in this configuration comes in at a little more than a pound, and isn’t particularly noticeable in a briefcase that runs 15 to 20 pounds on a normal day.