Everyday carry, or EDC, is a community of blogs and contributors who obsess about what the have in their pockets, or bags. Overwhelmingly male, and more than a little concerned with survival, it is a fascinating read. People photograph and list out their EDC, and often the blogger critiques it for aesthetic, lightness and utility. Essentially it is variations on a wallet, utility knife, watch and smart phone. Unsurprisingly, I ended up at one of the blogs through William Gibson’s twitter feed, though I had heard about it in some peripheral way years ago.
I have always found it fascinating to see what people find essential to carry with them, and how it changes with their job, location or current situation. As a tube commuting Londoner, I had a very different set of things in my bag than the mum to a preschooler who drives most of the time in Vancouver that I am now.
In the interests of being a bit of a Nosy Parker, I’d like to invite all of you to do your own EDC and send it in to me. I’ll feature one a week. To start off, here is my EDC – you will notice I am not going for lightness, survival (unless you call the ability to distract my son in an awkward situation survival, which I do) or a minimalist aesthetic. So this is my EDC XL, if you will.
- iPhone 4 / Gelaskins case
- iPad / Apple case
- Nivea Essential Moisture lip balm x 2
- Burts Bees tinted lip balm in Rose
- Maybelline lipstick in Red Revival
- Bourjois blush pot in rosé d’or (mirror in lid)
- Toy car
- Elliot’s spoon
- Hair elastic
- Foam curler (put in my bag by Elliot)
- One dirty, but unused band-aid
- Two fountain pen cartridges, one empty and one full, for a pen I don’t carry anymore
- Sony Ericsson in-ear headphones with microphone
- Tissues in flat travel package
- Business cards in case
- Silver Mimi transit pass holder containing London Oyster pass and a train ticket to York (useful!)
- Keys with Swiss Army knife (not shown)
- One loonie, loose
- Mini hair brush
- Elliot’s sock (only one)
- Tide stain removal pen
- Fineline black pens x 2
- Cambridge Satchel Company bag in yellow
- Gus the yorkshire terrier, but he doesn’t come with me in my bag
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