My EDC Post 2018 and 2019

Another in my series of seeing how things change year over year. I tend to carry a lot of stuff. It helps that I wear cargo pants pretty much every day.


I use a Saddleback Large Leather wallet.. I keep one of those credit card multi-tools inside it. Mostly because I’ve had the damn thing for probably twenty years, and my wallet feels empty without it.


I have a key ring that uses little caribiners to attach keys or other items. In addition to my keys, I have:

  • Kingston 32GB Flash Drive – Because you never know when someone has a file they want to give you
  • Gerber Artifact – I’m not sure if Gerber is still selling these, but their Shard would be a good substitute
  • Surefire Sidekick – This flashlight is often the most convenient and gets the most work

“Urban Kit”

This is one of a Maxpedition pocket pouch that I stash useful stuff. I keep the following:

  • First aid kit – Coleman Mini First Aid Kit– This handles handles minor emergencies, and I like the tin as a container.
  • Scissors and tweezers – Because sometimes a knife isn’t the tool for every situation
  • Bic disposal lighter – Must Have Fire
  • Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter – in case I need to use wired headphones
  • Anker lipstick battery – useful recharge for all of my little electronics
  • Short lightning cable for phone – Three foot or less, just long enough to use the lipstick battery
  • 2 Spare CR123 batteries – Mainly for my flashlights
  • Reusable twist ties
  • Lightning to micro USB adapter – So I can recharge my lipstick battery and not have to carry a second cable
  • Emergency cash – No, I’m not going to say how much


For my day job, I’m carrying a Leatherman Skeletool. It’s a bit “friendlier” when dealing with coworkers.

For going out, I carry a Kershaw-Emerson CQC-10 along with a Gerber Dime multi-tool.


For the day job, I carry an older Streamlight ProTac.

The rest of the time, I use the bigger 750 lumen version.

Pepper Spray

I carry a small Sabre Pepper Spray for when I need something between strong words and deadly force.


Currently, I’m using a pair of Apple AirPods. Expensive, but worth the cost IMHO. Also, expensive enough that I can’t justify getting the new ones with wireless charging until these wear out.


I’m using an iPhone XR. I have the 256 GB model because I cram it with audiobooks. Lots of audiobooks. I use a simple case that has the texture of a MagPul P-MAG.


I’m using a 44mm Series 5 Apple Watch. I like the always on feature.


For the day job, I carry a Smith and Wesson M&P tactical pen.

Otherwise, I carry a CRKT tactical pen.


Unless I’m going to someplace I’m not legally allowed to carry, I generally have my Smith and Wesson M&P9 (First Gen) equipped with a Streamlight TLR-1 and Trijicon night sights. I keep it and the spare magazine loaded with 124-grain Speer Gold Dots (since that’s what the local cops use). I’ve switched to using a Bravo Concealment kydex IWB holster after the leather on my hybrid started folding over and preventing good holstering.