EVERYDAY CARRY Everyday carry (EDC) or every day carry refers to a small collection of tools, equipment and supplies that are carried on a daily basis to assist in tackling situations ranging from the mundane to the disastrous. A Regular EDC The term EDC also refers to the philosophy or spirit of 'preparedness' that goes along with the selection and carrying of these items. Implicit in the term is the sense that an EDC is an individual's personal selection of equipment, arrived at after deliberation, rather than a standardized kit. EDC items normally fit in pockets or small pack, and/or are attached to clothing such as a belt. Emphasis is placed on the usefulness, accessibility and reliability of these items. The core elements of a typical EDC might include a folding pocket knife, a flashlight, a cell phone, and a multi-tool. _______________________________________________________________________________ My own EDC Kit below. Besides smelly socks and T-Shirts! Inspired by a recent discussion on Gizmodo on the contents of Steve Wozniak's travel pack. I carry the following items, more or less, generally everywhere I go - 1) Choiix Powerfort - A 2700 mAH battery pack, that also has 3 power LEDs on the underside for use as a torch. This has gotten me out of sticky situations a lot of times. However ever since I got the Razr Maxx, I've called upon this device quite rarely. It does keep my N8 charged though. 2) Motorola Razr Maxx The 3300 mAH battery makes this phone a monster when it comes to lasting. And this can seriously last. Sometimes I feel scared of switching to a lower capacity phone, just probably out of the fear of running out of battery too soon. 3) Nokia N8 - My favourite phone for taking pictures on the go. Still very capable and handy as a second phone, though the 1200mAH battery does not last as much as I would like it to. This runs my second sim/connection. Though this is used quite more than the Razr Maxx for calling. 4- Plantronics Explorer Bluetooth headset - Suggested to me by idutt, This is a decent device for the money (~1400). However it could do with a better range. Sometimes I have to literally hold the phone in my hand while talking, which negates the purpose of a bluetooth handsfree. I like it while driving, but I gotta keep the phone in the door handle or pocket to keep it clear enough. Good battery life makes me hold onto it. It charges thru Micro USB, which is a boon as well. 5- Spare phone - Nokia C5 Version 2.0 - The 5.0 MP version, with more Ram, and a faster processor does make for a very nifty phone. This is great for texting, and offers very good battery life. What I miss is Wi-Fi, and it would have been a killer deal. Where I find this useful is, when I am traveling international, I put my local SIM in this phone, and it allows me to hook up my Laptop to the internet as well, no software needed. The compact dimensions are a plus as well. 6- Cables and Chargers - I Generally carry 2 USB to micro USB cables (retractable type) for charging and data transfer purposes. The Choiix Powerfort has 1xUSB to micro USB and 1xUSB to mini USB Cable (power only) which comes handy from time to time. The Card reader has a cable of it's own, which is suitable for, well the Card Reader. One 110-220V to 5V-500mAH USB port adapter. One Travel adapter for the Laptop Power supply. I generally hook up the phones to charge from the Laptop itself, so at a given time, I need only one travel adapter. And thanks to the fact that all 3 can charge easily thru the USB port. 7- Headphones/Earphones - I am not much of an Audiophile, however whatever I listen to, I really enjoy it on a pair of cheap Panasonic earphones that I had reviewed here - Portable Audio - My impromptu review of my Earphones | RAID101 Panasonic HJE120 8- Portable Hard drive/Pen Drives - I generally carry 5-6 USB drives of varying capacity between 2 - 8 GB, which do suffice for small requirements. Occasionally I would carry a Portable Hard Drive that is between 120-500 GB. Lesser risk and smaller loss of Data if it gets damaged/dropped. 9- Tata Photon - Yes I know it sucks, but nearly every place that I visit in India, this does come handy. And I need it at my office, so it's a permanent part of my bag. Been with me for over 3 years now, runs fine, though I still haven't been able to figure out why the speeds crawl in Gurgaon and are super fast in Delhi. 10 - Smart Phone Tripod - Carried occasionally, does come handy if I want to take some clear stable shots with the N8 or Razr Maxx even. Made by Capdase, pretty sturdy and handy. 11- Laptop and Tablet - Mostly it's my office laptop, so I used to carry the Ainol 7 Inch tablet with me. Otherwise it's my Dell Mini 910. The Dell has been upped from a 8GB SSD to a 16 GB SSD, with another 16GB SD card for storage. The stock 4-Cell battery has been replaced with an 8-Cell Battery that is nearly 2.5 times the capacity. It gives a backup time of around 6.5-7 hours. And a Wired USB HP mouse to operate this - 12- Other Miscellaneous items - Well there are a number of such items, however in no particular order - Stanley Multi-Tool - Very Very handy. Useful in many places. Maglite 2xAA LED torch - Carried when needed. - Notepads - The small 5 Rs kind - Several Pens, different colors - Chewing gum, I love it! - Wet wipes, for the laptop and my face - Dry tissues - Vaseline/Lip Balm/Hand Sanitizer - Odomos (Now being mosquito season) - Spare Wrist Watch - Air Pillow (always, for those 40 winks) - RJ-45 Ethernet Cable - Backup cards/ID cards - Wi-Fi USB dongle - Bluetooth USB dongle All of this in an American Tourister Back pack with a waterproof cover - What do you carry in yours???