It's the Little Things: Unsung Heroes of my EDC items.
Even though I was never a Boy Scout, I've always aspired to the idea of preparedness. That preparedness has always seemed like a three part affair to me; mental, physical, and equipment. While I'm the first to admit that I'm woefully physically unprepared, I'd like to think that I've got a good handle on the other two. Unfortunately the equipment end of things can end up really weighing you down. There are hundreds if not thousands of blogs and forums devoted to sorting out people's EDC items. What is EDC?
Wikipedia refers to EDC(or Every Day Carry) as
"a small collection of tools, equipment and supplies that are carried on a daily basis to assist in tackling situations ranging from the mundane to the disastrous."
The trouble comes when you start collecting so many micro/multi/super/mini tools that you might as well just be carrying around a full toolbox. Because of this I've found myself trying to find a balance between being prepared and traveling light and simple. It is in that spirit that I offer up a few of the EDC items that I use/carry on a daily basis.
The Pocketwrench II- This little wonder is the reason I decided to do this post. I actually don't carry it around with me, rather it sits in my desktop organizer. What makes this little guy so awesome is it's proficiency at handling bolts. Yes it's also got a ruler, one end works like a pry bar, and it's got a perfectly useless 1/4" drive hole; but it is such a stinking good wrench! It feels so easy and natural to use and I've even thought of replacing the adjustable wrench on my tool belt at work with it. It does chew bolts up a little if you really wrench on it, but for around the house occasional stuff it's absolutely perfect!
County Comm Tweezers- These have lived on my keychain for at least 5 years now and I love them. They do one thing and they do it really well. The jaws are lined up perfectly and the holder protects the tips from damage. The holder actually works so well on a keychain that you can remove the tweezers and put them back one handed. They are government issue so there are probably other places you can find them.
Spudz- I'm sure you've seen these before, but they are totally worth carrying with you. Such a simple design keeps a microfiber cloth on hand at all times while staying clean inside its little shell. I keep one on my bag and one hanging up in my car.