When it comes to everday carry (EDC) items these days, it seems as if the majority of people out there are shoving way too much stuff in their pockets and on their belt. I’ve seen I don’t know how many “EDC dump” threads online where guys are showing off what they carried that day. Some are carrying two to three knives, a multi-tool, a set of brass knuckles, flashlight, handgun, spare magazine, and a host of other unnecessary items. Obviously, what you carry may be different than what I carry, as we all have different needs and may work or operate in different environments.

Clint Emerson has recently released his new book titled “100 Deadly Skills,” which covers 100 different skills that could potentially save your life someday. One of the concepts he covers early in the book is the everyday carry kit. He breaks it down into different layers, starting with the pocket kit. Here, we will cover what I carry in my pocket kit and why. I will go into knives and lights in future articles related to everyday carry.

My minimalist EDC kit.
My minimalist EDC kit.

My pocket-carry system

The carabiner I have chosen is the Black Diamond Neutrino. This is a lightweight minimalist carabiner that is actually load-rated for climbing. I prefer having this over one of those cheap carabiner clips you can get at the checkout counter of a hardware store. Having a load-rated carabiner makes it more of a multi-purpose item. Not only can it carry your keys and other important items, but it can be used for a hasty rappel in emergency situations—whether that’s using rope in the field or a bed sheet to rappel from a hotel room window, hanging your pack from a static line while crossing a stream or for a SPIE rig extraction out of a hostile environment.

With an MSRP of only $6.95, you can easily outfit all your gear with one. One trick you can use to minimize the noise created by the items on your carabiner is to wrap the body of the carabiner with electrical tape or duct tape. Do not wrap the gate of the carabiner.