My EDC ethos is simple: carry less but not at the expense of quality.
I own a business that allows me to work from anywhere and at any time and when I am on the go, these are the essentials I carry with me, in addition to my laptop.
My first EDC item is the Sony A6400.
It’s a versatile, compact mirrorless camera that produces surprisingly good photos and videos, even with the basic 16-50 kit lens.
It’s a camera that can do it all: it shoots 4K video in S-Log, Full HD at 120 frames per second, and has a solid 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor.
It is packed more for fun and as a hobby than for necessity. I enjoy capturing both aesthetic moments in time and the act and art of photography itself.
I’m also making a concerted effort to abandon the iPhone camera, improve my photography, and, most importantly, have a little more fun with the entire photography process.
The A6400 is an excellent travel companion and mirrorless camera thanks to its compact lens.
Speaking of excellent travel companions, the Apple Watch 7 has become integral to my EDC and receives a lot of wrist time.
Because I prefer mechanical watches, this is my first Apple Watch, but I must say that I like the fitness tracking and the form factor combined with this Bellroy leather strap and specific watch face. In my opinion, it appears to be extra classy.
The strap also has a textured polymer underside, which allows you to wear it anywhere, including the gym, and the eco-tanned leather will develop a patina over time.
The Apple Watch is, of course, linked to my iPhone 12 Pro, arguably the most essential piece of my EDC. I use my 12 Pro for almost everything and have yet to feel the need to upgrade.
I manage almost everything on my phone, from communicating with my team on Slack to monitoring our Facebook Ads, sending emails, and keeping all my boarding passes and cards in the Wallet app. The battery life is also sufficient to get me through the day.
I mentioned earlier that I’m trying to use a dedicated camera more, but the 26mm, 1.6 aperture camera on this thing is incredible, especially when shot in Apple’s ProRAW format.
A good pair of earbuds or headphones is essential for any EDC, and I currently use the Technics AZ60s.
These were given to me for review, but they are truly amazing. I replaced my Bose QC35s with these because they are one-fifth the size and provide excellent sound quality and noise cancellation.
The case is extremely light and compact, fitting into any back pocket. This is an intriguing pair of earbuds that I reviewed on my YouTube channel.
The following item is simple: a good, dependable pen.
Even though I am a digital guy, I always carry a pen with me because you never know when you’ll need one.
The Parker Jotter pen writes well and feels light in hand.
It’s also the pen given to James Bond by Q in Goldeneye, a film I grew up watching. In the movie, the pen doubles as a class 4 grenade. Three clicks arm the four-second fuse, and another three disarms it.
The Orbitkey Organiser organizes my keys better than any other keychain I’ve used. I got one in the Saffiano Black Leather colorway with Gold Accents.
I engraved this one, and I like its overall look and feel – it’s a piece in my EDC that gets a lot of compliments.
It includes a Multi-Purpose Tool for quick measurements, cutting open letters, and opening beer bottles.
I’m not sure if shoes qualify as EDC, but I couldn’t leave them out because they’ve been on my feet almost every day I’ve been out.
I adore white sneakers, and these are the most comfortable and stylish pair I’ve seen that aren’t Common Projects.
You can tell the difference when you wear the Clean 90s – it feels premium given it is handcrafted in Portugal from Italian leather. The subtle gold logo stamp is also a nice touch.
These look great with almost any pair of jeans, basic top, or dressed-up button-down shirt.
I still keep a physical wallet in addition to my digital wallet for tickets, loyalty cards, and boarding passes, and for that, I have the LV Marco Wallet in Damier Graphite Canvas, engraved to add a personal touch.
I rarely carry cash and almost always use cards, so this wallet stays slim, which I appreciate. I also like how it’s not too flashy or loud; the iconic checkers are there, but the branding is subtle.
There’s not much to say about this; it’s just a little bit of luxury I enjoy carrying around.
Overall, it was a fairly simple carry.
I find it much easier to carry less, whether visiting a co-working space, driving to a meeting, or working from a cafe in the morning – and have only enough necessities and nice haves. EDC allows you to stay organized while also developing your style.
It was a lot of fun to put together my first EDC compilation. Because the items in my bag change when I travel, I’ll probably make another list of my travel essentials and what’s in my bag when I’m out and about.
The world of EDC is a complete rabbit hole and constantly changing, so I’m always open to new suggestions.