An everyday carry collection is crucial for anyone — no matter their gender — to stay vigilant to what may come their 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 accoutrements.
With kits that grant you the necessary means for making repairs on the fly, lighting your way in the dark, or even starting a fire, these EDC kits have what it takes to make sure you’re always prepared. Add in their considerable amount of style and you’ve got items that are worthy of making it into your pockets every single day of the week.
For anyone looking to build up or swap out their carry, we’ve laid out the seven best EDC kits in no particular order.
James x Carryology Rover Capsule
The James Brand makes some of the best EDC out there. Carryology talks about and recommends EDC all day long. When the two brands got together, they designed this: a travel-focused collection of three tools with a sheath to keep them all together. With no knife in the multi-tool, TSA will let it pass. The pen has a titanium barrel and expands to a full sized-writing implement. And the driver comes with three bits for tightening or loosening whatever needs it. Stash it in the cordura sheath and be off with you.
Pocket EDC Kit
The name of the game here is consolidation. This burly leather wallet made by Ezra Arthur not only holds your cards and cash, there’s also space for a knife and mini torch. And since this kit comes from Bespoke Post, the knife and torch provided are top notch. The Bear Edge thin-but-sturdy folder is made from stainless steel and the aircraft-grade anodized aluminum torch comes from Wuben and puts out 100 lumens from its 3.25-inch barrel.
James x Aether EDC Kit
This time around, The James Brand teamed up with apparel brand Aether to create a kit packed with as much style as utility. The waterproof, laminated poly canvas shell has heavy-duty straps to hold the Ellis multi tool and diamond grip pen in place. There’s also a pocket for a passport or the included Moleskine notebook. Three card slots hold your plastic and cash while a zippered pocket holds all your odds and ends.
Gentlemen’s Hardware Keychain EDC Kit
“Be prepared” is sort of the mantra of the EDC community. And here’s a cost-effective way to keep a slew of different tools on hand and wrangled together for easy access. This kit from Wild + Wolf packs a bottle opener with hex wrenches, a mini LED torch, two drivers, and a cash cache. They’re all made from stainless steel and loop onto a locking carabiner for proper preparation exactly when you need it.
MecArmy X7S EDC Kit
This customizable kit from MecArmy comes with a lighter, a flashlight, and a couple of capsules. You can configure them in a multitude of different ways, carrying just what you need for the day. In its largest configuration, you have a way to make fire, a way to see in the dark, and a backup stash of cold hard cash. What more could you need?
Izola Everyday Carry Tool Kit
A means by which to fix things and a method for illuminating your repairs. That’s what this small-but-mighty kit from accessories brand Izola offers. The multi-tool hides a pair of pliers in its middle with fold out tools that include a wire cutter, knife, bottle opener, drivers, and a file. The LED flashlight companion matches the tool in its powder black hue, and comes with a lanyard to loop it to your gear.
Victorinox Traveller Set
Inside the unassuming black pouch are not a few, but literally two dozen tools for you to use in an unending parade of possible circumstances. The ruler comes complete with a compass, thermometer, and magnifying glass, while the Swiss-made multitool has all the usual suspects (knives, can openers, drivers) and some unexpected stuff like a pen, tweezers, and multipurpose hook. Top it off with the included Maglite and you’ve got a set that’s ready for basically everything.
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