An everyday carry collection is crucial for anyone — no matter their gender — to stay vigilant to what may come your way throughout the day. Building your own EDC can prove to be rather expensive — especially for those who demand the best from their gear. Enter the EDC kit. These prebuilt, preassembled everyday carry kits are by no means tailored to any specific person, but offer up a more affordable way to outfit yourself with a respectable set of everyday tools.
Whether it be fixing a broken bicycle chain on your urban commute to work, starting a campfire on a weekend getaway in the middle of nowhere, popping open a cold brew at a friend’s house when he throws a new craft beer your way, or successfully defending yourself from an attacker, your everyday carry collection is your personal toolbox on the go designed to help you succeed at life when life happens unexpectedly.
For those looking to update or add to their current everyday carry collection, we’ve laid out the 8 best preassembled EDC kits, in no particular order.
Huckberry Compact EDC Kit
Getting the job done comes down to two things: having the right set of skills and having the right set of tools at the right time. The compact EDC kit from Huckberry ensures the second part of the success equation with a knife, a dual-function screwdriver, and a multi-tool all conveniently packed into a compact carry system know as the KeySmart.
The versatile selection of EDC tools, room for multiple keys, and 10” of 550 paracord for a custom lanyard ensure that you will always have the tools you need and most importantly that you’ll be able to access them quickly from anywhere. – Buy It
Bespoke Post Delta Box
When you head out your front door each morning, your everyday carry gives you peace of mind by rendering you prepared for whatever the day may bring your way. And thanks to the Delta Box from Bespoke Post, you’ll have a ready-made collection of modern, purpose-built tools to help you face the day.
Included in the kit is a Machine Era stainless steel slim wallet, the Grafton EDC Pen in black, the Porter Keychain Knife that doubles as a capable bottle opener, and an Open-Center Paisley Bandana by Hav-A-Hank. – Buy It
EDC Kit 2.0
Just as functional as its design is simple, the EDC Kit 2.0 is a slimmed-down kit crafted completely from stainless steel for those who want to stay prepared without the clutter. It boasts a stainless carabiner, a FreeKey slim system for easy customization, a compact-sized peanut lighter, a DoohicKey multi-tool with a built-in cutter, bottle opener, wrench, ruler, and flat head screwdriver, and an Inchworm tool for measuring tire tread depth, a broken fan belt width, different screw lengths, last-ditch self defense efforts, or for comparing product sizes. – Buy It
Huckberry Essential EDC Kit
Acquiring the necessary components to build a respectable everyday carry kit can take a lot of time and hard-earned rent money. To simplify the entire process, Huckberry introduces their latest contribution to the EDC world in the form of the Essential EDC Kit. Built to be both practical and highly functional, the EDC Kit includes a Split Key Ring, a Screw Key Set, a Peanut Lighter, a handy Woodchuck Wire Saw Keychain built from 550-pound rated paracord, a fire steel with a nameplate fire striker, and a wire saw. – Buy It
Titanium Essentials EDC Kit
Titanium is a highly-prized metal in the everyday carry world thanks to being exceptionally strong yet lightweight, so there’s no reason why your EDC kit shouldn’t be decked out in this precious metal. This titanium EDC kit from Bespoke Post won’t weight you down during the day. Sure, it may cost a bit more, but in this case, you really get what you pay for.
This streamlined EDC kit features a titanium carabiner from Handgrey that doubles as a bottle opener, a specially-designed key ring by the same brand that won’t destroy your fingernails when donning and doffing EDC tools, and a Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife with a clip point blade by Quiet Carry — because no EDC kit is quite complete without a knife. – Buy It
Stealth EDC Kit
A more modern take on the everyday carry keychain setup is the Stealth EDC Kit. Available for iPhone or Android, the Stealth EDC Kit boasts a blacked-out color scheme and features an S-Biner key ring that pulls double duty as a bottle opener, a Keysmart key organizer for jingle-free organization of up to 4 standard keys, a set of heat-treated dual driver Screw Keys, and a Chargekey smartphone charger. – Buy It
EDC Keychain Kit
An understated EDC kit that will add plenty of functionality to your keychain, the EDC Keychain Kit by Horse Brand features two simple-to-use tools at your disposal — a trusty bottle opener for gaining access to your favorite beer at breakfast and a carbon steel utility tool that can tackle both minor cutting and pry bar duties with ease. In addition, a hand-stamped brass tag accompanies the tools on the brass ring that holds the entire collection together. – Buy It
Paracord Survival EDC Kit
Attach the word survival to an EDC kit, and it becomes so much more than a just an EDC accessory. This survival EDC kit attaches to your existing keychain and includes several things that could aid in your survival should you find yourself in need, including a length of durable 550 paracord for rigging a pulley system, as a lanyard or a replacement shoelace, to repair a zipper, to secure a tent, to build an emergency raft, or as fishing line to name a few uses, a carabiner, and an integrated fire starter for building an impromptu fire to cook your freshly caught food should you find yourself deep in the bush without a lighter. – Buy It
Build Your Own EDC Kit
For most, a prebuilt EDC kit looks fine on paper but isn’t quite up to snuff in terms of tackling the everyday tasks you may encounter during the day. A solution is to curate your own EDC kit — piece by piece — to fit your own individual everyday carry needs. We’ve listed some of our favorite keychain-friendly gear below to help you to start building your own kit.
Gerber Shard Keychain Multi-Tool
Small in stature but rather large when it comes to performance, the Gerber Shard includes everything you may need in a pinch: two flathead screwdrivers, a cross driver, pry bar, wire strippers, and a bottle opener. – Buy It
CRKT Viva Keychain Mult-Tool
The Viva Multi-Tool measures in at only 4 inches and features an assortment of built-in tools including a flathead screwdriver that doubles as a pry bar, 5 different sized hex wrenches, and a bottle opener. – Buy It
Pixel Keychain Flashlight
Suited for everyday carry on your keychain or in your pocket, the Pixel Flashlight boasts an extremely compact, water resistant, stainless steel design. It features a bright, 25 lumens LED bulb, twist on/off operation, and a square body that prevents rolling on flat surfaces. – Buy It
SOG Centi II Keychain Knife
At only 2.1 inches, the Centi II’s stainless steel blade is quite easy to deploy for the most common of cutting tasks, while a trusted lock back design keeps the blade locked in place while in use. Attach it to your existing keychain to free up some pocket space, or throw it in your front pocket for a worthy addition to your EDC kit. – Buy It
Made from durable stainless steel, the PicoPen attaches seamlessly to your existing keychain via an integrated key ring, while the pen’s cap securely snaps into place by a magnet. It also weighs a mere half of an ounce — which is just light enough to forget you’re carrying it until you need to jot down directions, a phone number, or a brilliant idea. – Buy It
CRKT Delilah’s P.E.C.K.
The Delilah’s P.E.C.K. knife weighs in at less than ounce, meaning it won’t weigh down your EDC kit during the day, while a closed length of 2.625 inches takes up a minimal amount of pocket real estate. Finally, a sharp 3Cr13 steel, frame lock Wharncliffe blade is more than adequate for tackling daily cutting tasks. – Buy It
KeySmart Key Organizer
The Keysmart Key Organizer features a keychain-friendly compact design that holds up to 4 standard sized keys while reducing the overall jingle sound a set of keys is known to make. A rubber insert enables smooth key deployment making the Keysmart a formidable addition to any EDC kit. – Buy It
Exotac FreeKey System
The centerpiece of your EDC kit should be the FreeKey System by Exotac — a hassle-free key ring to hold it all together. Made from stainless steel, the FreeKey is designed around a central Free Key and allows you to easily and painlessly add and remove items from it via a simple pivot design. – Buy It