You can’t carry your bug out bag with you everywhere, right? As much as I’d like to – walking around the grocery store with a 40# pack on my back would get some strange looks!
And it’s just not practical for the old knees and back.
That’s where the trusty EDC (Every Day Carry) tools come in.
What are EDC Tools?
EDC tools are the things you can easily slip in your pocket so that you’ll always have SOMETHING on you if SHTF. They’re not full on replacements for bigger, better tools that you might have in your bug out or get home bag, but will assist you in getting to those tools.
What should I carry in my EDC kit?
What you choose to carry with you often depends on your location and environment. If you’re in a more blue collar job, it’s not uncommon to have something like a multi-tool and/or a quality folding knife in your pocket or on a belt sheath. For those of us with corporate office type jobs – a multi-tool on your belt just doesn’t look right with a suit and tie.
This is where pocket survival tools are really able to shine. These small tools are designed to be lightweight and fit easily in a pocket or wallet, allowing you to carry a number of tools while not visibly showing that you’re carrying.
Pocket Survival Tool Types
Small survival tools most often come in one of 3 basic types: Credit Card/Wallet size, Keychain, and Pocket size.
Keychain tools are usually shaped to look like a house key, but with the ability to split it open to reveal ~2-4 small tools. Most often, the inside edge opening would contain a short serrated cutting tool and/or bottle opener, with the tip of the “keys” acting as flat or Philips screwdriver heads. Not entirely useful, but is very concealed and is the smallest of all pocket tools.
Credit card tools, as the name implies, are often sized very close to the size of a standard credit card (length and width) though vary in thickness depending on model. Most basic card tools are simple, fairly flat stainless steel or titanium squares with basic flat tip screwdriver tools or pry tongs around the outside corners and various internal cut outs shaped for turning small bolts.
Thicker models take a more “Swiss Army” style approach where the card itself is just a holding device for slide-out tools, usually containing the usual Swiss Army Knife components of a basic blade, scissors, and toothpick(s).
Pocket tools are the heaviest, and most obvious of all the tools. Most often these are mini versions of standard full sized multi-tools, but in a more compact form for slipping into one’s pocket. They have more individual tool components than any of the other pocket survival tools, but at a cost of a larger form factor and added weight.
What’s the right Pocket Tool?
There’s no good answer to that, because everyone’s situation is different. How close is your bug out/get home bag? If you’re able to keep a GHB under your desk in the office and you only need to go a few hundred feet to your tools, you may get away with less tools. If you frequently fly or enter restricted access buildings which require you to dump your pockets – chances are anything with a blade might be confiscated.
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