EDC Goes High-Fashion: 4 Items That Will Get You Through The Day

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Every Day Carry (EDC) is a concept that has its origins in the world of adventure – that when you’re out in the wild, you need to be prepared for anything. Since its initial burst of popularity, however, EDC has hit the streets and now everyone is thinking about what items they should always have on hand.

When thinking through your urban EDC, there are a few factors to take into consideration. While you don’t need to go all out in the survivalist manner with an additional bug out bag and other supplies, you should consider what situations you’re most likely to encounter while commuting or going about other common activities. Most of all, when setting up an EDC bag worthy of the city streets, make sure you don’t compromise on style.

The Foundation: Your Bag

When plotting your EDC, the first thing you’ll need is the right bag. That’s particularly true for women, since men often pile their EDC items into their pockets. So, where to start? 

You’ll want a bag that’s fashion forward but functional, something that won’t get in your way if you have to move fast – whether that means running for the bus or away from some kind of threat. That’s why your best bet is to opt for a backpack, but you can keep it stylish and suitable for work or going out with friends by choosing a leather backpack. You might not use the same bag if you’re headed into the woods, sure, but if you’re aiming for street style, it’s a solid choice.

Safety First: Tips From The Outdoors

Even if your EDC is only going with you from home to work and back, it’s wise to take a cue from the great outdoors where this tradition got started. One way to do this is by making sure to stash some first aid supplies in your bag. You’ll be glad you have some bandaids, antibiotic ointment, and antihistamines on hand when you get stung by a bee or trip on a cracked sidewalk. Just because you’re not about to climb a mountain doesn’t mean you don’t need those supplies.

It’s All About Order: Pens And Notebooks

Though not a traditional element of an EDC bag, pens and notebooks are a practical addition for the modern urbanite. Pack up your favorite pens and grab a Moleskine so you’re never caught off guard when you have an important idea or need to grab someone’s phone number. While your phone is a decent substitute for a notebook, sometimes you need to think through more complex ideas and a notebook comes in handy.

Mind Your Eyes: Sunglasses

Whether you’re in the woods or on the city streets, sunglasses are a critical part of your EDC – and they can offer a real upgrade in terms of ensuring your street style looks are on point. Be sure to choose a pair with polarization, comfortable nose pads, and a sturdy case so you don’t have to worry they’ll be crushed if they land at the bottom of your bag.

The EDC concept may have its roots in the woods, but the streets are just as high stakes, so don’t leave your gear at home. When everyone else is distracted and looking at their phones, you’ll be ready and at attention, with everything you need within reach – and you’ll pull off that preparedness with style.