My Favorite Everyday Carry (EDC) Items:

My Favorite Everyday Carry Items
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I use these tools myself and have given them as gifts because of their convenience, size and multi-use capabilities.

NOTE: All of these tools may have carry-on restrictions for commercial aircraft but might be permitted in checked baggage. Search the TSA "What Can I Bring?" web page for items in question.


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Making an EDC Emergency Kit with an Altoids Box: As of this writing the breath mints, Altoids, is still around using its distinctive metal tins which have been converted, for years, into mini Emergency Kits that are very convenient for EDC. Bless those who have also designed survival gadgets, in miniature form, that can be crammed into these Altoid Tins. This pocket-sized kit may be small, but don’t let its size fool you. It contains all the supplies needed in case of emergency to stay prepared at all times. The typical Altoid External Size Tin Can with Hinged Lid is 3.5" (L) x 2.25" (W) x 0.75" (D), so any contents should be slightly smaller, cut or folded to fit. Here is a list of things that can fit to achieve a Mini Emergency Kit:

Credit Card-Sized Multi-Tool
Depending on where I purchased these, the instructions may not be in English so I'm posting this here as a reference (click to enlarge) to my gift recipients just in case they can't read Chinese.
Credit Card-Sized Multi-Tool useage links:    Link 1 (overview)    Link 2 (compass v1)    Link 3 (compass v2)    Link 4 (use to start a fire)

This tool may be magnetic and may render credit cards inactive if placed in close proximity to one another.

Shop on or eBay. They are only made in Asia (sorry) so find the cheapest price, with free shipping, and don't be in a hurry to get them (takes about 2-3 weeks). Those sold in the US are getting them from Asia and jacking up the price.

Survival (Paracord) Bracelet
I wear one of these whenever I am camping and hiking and consider a must-have for anyone doing outside activities. Cordage, fire, signaling, cutting, and direction-finding are essentials for any survival situation and this little package has them all conveniently strapped to my wrist.
(1) Paracord (about 9 feet of when unraveled)
(2) Flathead Screwdriver at the opposite end of the striker. Pull out the striker from the bracelet clasp.
(3) Survival Whistle as an audible signal to summon help (save your voice)
(4) Flint to create a spark
(5) Compass
(6) Flint Striker can be used as a cutting tool to used with the Flint (#4) to start a fire or a visual signal to summon help.

The Paracord is (usually) made of 7, 35-pound Tensile strength strands that can be used for light-duty, less-bulky cordage. Additionally, the 7 strands are comprised of 3 thinner strands that can be used for sewing, fishing line and other uses.

P.S.: For the best sparking action, scrape black coating from the flint then use the non-Serrated side of striker against the flint (view Video 1 below).
Paracord Bracelet Video 1
Paracord Bracelet Video 2
Paracord Bracelet Video 3
Dissection & Uses for Paracord
101 Uses for Paracord
Survival Bracelets on Amazon

Mini Multi-Tools
Are a great size for pocket, purse or keychain with lots of features. Shop on or eBay.

Fire Striker/Flint

Emergency Whistle

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