Tactical EDC Essentials

20 Tactical EDC Essentials

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An everyday carry collection, typically consisting of a wallet, an EDC knife, an EDC pen, and one or two keychain tools at the very least, is an important part of staying prepared for whatever the day may bring you. So where does the word tactical fit into your everyday carry? The word tactical gets thrown around a lot, especially in the everyday carry community. A blacked-out version of an EDC item does not necessarily make it tactical, although it does help. For an EDC item to be truly tactical, it must be functional enough to accomplish it’s intended goal, while versatile enough to perform other functions as well.

Consider the tactical pen for example. While it can surely jot down notes on a piece of paper, it’s steel or aluminum construction also allows it to be used as a self defense weapon or perform other non-everyday functions such as breaking glass. While an EDC collection should be tailored based on your specific carrying needs, adding a few tactical pieces to it can do wonders to improve it’s overall functionality. To assist you in beefing up your everyday carry, we’ve curated this list of 20 tactical EDC essentials.

T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool

T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool

The T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool comes equipped with the essentials needed to extricate yourself or others from the confines of a compromised vehicle such as a spring loaded window punch, a seat-belt cutting hook blade, an LED light, and a serrated blade—all crafted from high-grade stainless steel. Included is a stainless steel belt clip along with a heavy duty nylon sheath. – Buy It

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

Gerber’s Impromptu Tactical Pen is crafted from machined steel and features a tempered steel tip that not only shatters windows with ease, but can also be used as a self defense weapon when the need arises. A simple, reliable push button mechanism reveals an ink cartridge that can effectively write in all positions and in wet or dry weather. – Buy It

Combat B-21 GMT Watch

Combat B-21 GMT Watch

The Combat B-21 GMT is the most stylish military field watch we’ve ever come across. A black PVD coated, stainless steel case, a durable nylon strap, and a scratch-proof sapphire crystal renders it tough enough for the elements, while a multiple time zone display, Swiss made Ronda movement, and Lum-Tec’s 3D illuminating technology make it plenty functional for everyday carry. – Buy It

Condor Pocket Pouch

Condor Pocket Pouch

Measuring in at 7.25 inches long and 5 inches wide, this pocket-friendly and bag-friendly everyday carry pouch features a fold-out vinyl storage sleeve with a padded back, three internal storage pockets, and a velcro USA flag patch. – Buy It

5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Backpack

A slimmed-down, everyday carry version of their larger Rush 72, 5.11’s Rush 12 Backpack is made from water repellant 1000D nylon and features an integrated MOLLE compatible platform for attaching extra gear and pouches. – Buy It

Dragon's Tail Knife

Dragon’s Tail Knife

Perfect for both outdoors and everyday applications, the Dragon’s Tail is a USA-made, full tang fixed blade knife built from D2 steel and features a unique curved handle design with an integrated finger hole and a custom Kydex sheath for simple everyday carry. – Buy It

Gerber GDC Money Clip

Gerber GDC Money Clip

Money clips are a great way to slim down the contents of your pockets and have been an integral part of the everyday carry community for many years. Gerber has put a tactical spin on the money clip with their GDC Money Clip. True to the Gerber way, the GDC money clip houses a 1.75-inch stainless steel blade inside its 3.6-inch Titanium nitride coated steel body, complete with a safe thumb grip and enough room for 5 cards and some cash. – Buy It

Doubletap Tactical Pocket Pistol

Doubletap Tactical Pocket Pistol

The Doubletap Tactical Pocket Pistol is one of the lightest and slimmest pistols available today. Available in a lightweight aluminum frame, the Doubletap measures only .665 inches wide and stores two rounds in the chamber, and two spare rounds in the grips you know you’re covered should a life or death situation arise. – Buy It

5.11 TMT Tactical Penlight

5.11 TMT Tactical Penlight

The 5.11 TMT Penlight features a rugged, tactical design in a pocket-sized package. It’s the penlight of choice for police officers and other civil servants thanks to a water and impact resistance rating up to ANSI FL1 standards along with a 40 meter light cone in low-light conditions, a momentary-on switch, a stamped metal pocket clip, and a continuous run time of four hours on a single charge. – Buy It

Gerber GDC Tech Skin Pocket Knife

Gerber GDC Tech Skin Pocket Knife

Gerber’s GDC Tech Skin Knife is by no means a beast of a knife, yet it’s compact, pocket-friendly design works well with any existing EDC kit. A 2.5 inch, stainless steel drop point blade manages light everyday cutting tasks such as opening letters and boxes without a hitch, while a rubberized handle provides a secure grip and eliminates scratches to your smartphone screen and other items you may be carrying in your pockets. An integrated thumb stud with a lock back safety provides quick one-handed opening. – Buy It

Smith & Wesson Border Guard 2 Rescue Knife

Smith & Wesson Border Guard 2 Rescue Knife

A true tactical knife by design, the Smith and Wesson Border Guard 2 Rescue Knife serves many functions thanks to a 4.4-inch ComboEdge Tanto blade, an integrated thumb knob seat-belt cutter, glass breaker, liner lock, and aluminum pocket clip. – Buy It

Self Defense Money Clip

Self Defense Money Clip

Slimming down your wallet to minimalist proportions can best be done with a money clip. The Self Defense Money Clip is small, easily concealable, weighs only one ounce, and features an aluminum design with an integrated finger hole that also renders it a last ditch effort self defense weapon. – Buy It

Gerber Shard Keychain Tool

Gerber Shard Keychain Tool

What the Gerber Shard Keychain Tool lacks in size, it more than makes up for in pure functionality. This keychain-friendly multi-tool is crafted from a single piece of titanium nitride-coated stainless steel and features two flathead screwdrivers, a cross driver, a pry bar, wire strippers, and a bottle opener. – Buy It

Porter Key Knife & Bottle Opener

Porter Key Knife Multi-Tool

The Porter Key Knife is a key-sized utility folding knife with an integrated bottle opener. While small in stature, it is a formidable addition to any everyday carry collection, essentially replacing both your EDC knife and bottle opener while integrating seamlessly into your current keychain setup. – Buy It

HuMn Mini Wallet

HuMn Mini Wallet

Essentially a slimmed down version of the original HuMn Wallet, the HuMn Mini is a pint-sized yet highly versatile tactical wallet perfect for everyday carry. It’s crafted from powder-coated, RFID signal blocking aircraft grade aluminum and features a laser engraved logo, a durable shock cord strap that secures your cards and cash neatly against the aluminum plate, and a microfiber bag. – Buy It

Streamlight Stylus Pro Rechargeable Penlight

Streamlight Stylus Pro Rechargeable Penlight

This blacked-out, compact penlight is a more functional evolution of the Streamlight Microstream flashlight and features 3.5 hours of 70 lumens of light output via a white LED light and a rugged, type II MIL-Spec anodized aluminum housing with a push button tail switch and an IPX4 water resistance rating up to 1 meter. The best part about the Stylus Pro, however, is that it is completely rechargeable via an integrated USB port. – Buy It

Beta-QR Flashlight

Beta-QR Flashlight

Designed for everyday carry, the keychain-friendly Beta-QR flashlight is machined from lightweight aluminum and features a handy quick-release that separates it from your keychain when you need it’s services are needed. Despite it’s compact size, the Beta-QR does quite well at shedding some light in the dark, providing up to 60 lumens of light output from a single AAA battery. – Buy It

Spyderco Dog Tag Knife

Spyderco Dog Tag Knife

To the untrained eye, the Spyderco Dog Tag Folding Knife looks like a standard dog tag. But inside it’s black-out handle lies a titanium-coated, S30V steel blade sharp enough to tackle everyday cutting tasks, yet small enough to easily conceal until it is needed. – Buy It

Boker Plus Tactical Pen

Boker Plus Tactical Pen

This rugged pen by Boker Plus is a highly functional, lightweight aluminum tactical tool that is sure to compliment your everyday carry ensemble. It features a black anodized finish along with a checkered texture for a secure grip, and a stainless steel insert on the shaft end that serves as a self defense kuboton. – Buy It

M48 Kommando Pocket Tool

M48 Kommando Pocket Tool

The M48 Kommando Pocket Rescue Tool is cost-efficeint way to stay prepared for both everyday tasks and survival situations thanks to an array of built in tools which includes 4 different wire strippers, 4 ASE wrenches, a can opener, a bottle opener, a screwdriver, a knife blade, and an inclinometer. It also has a laser etched morse code cheat sheet for the words “Help” and “SOS” along with an emergency stash of nylon paracord. – Buy It

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