Most women carry a purse or some sort of bag with them everywhere they go, and the items in them are as unique and varied as the women who carry them. But men tend take a much simpler approach to the items they keep on their person. And, for the record, none of them said they carry any sort of “man bag” with them (search for them, they are out there in plenty). What most men take with them fits easily in their pockets, hooked to their belts or maybe even in their car.
Of nearly 50 men surveyed (some posted on either EDC or EDC Planet Forum, and others commented via email survey), these six items were overwhelmingly the most common that men claimed to have on them at all times.
1.) Knife. Over 40 of the 50 men said they carried a knife. There’s quite a variety of the type and complexity of the knives, and some men even carry multiple knives with them at one time.
2.) Phone. Some carry them in their pockets, while others clip them on their belts. Worthy of note, though, is the fact that there are still quite a few individuals who do not carry a cell phone or who consider it an “optional” item.
3.) Wallet/Money Clip/Money. In some form, all men carry their identification, credit or debit cards and money with them. Many still carry a wallet, but some only carry the bare minimum of a driver’s license, one credit/debit card and money. One individual claimed to only carry $3 – $5 with him for “coffee.” Incidentally, that same man also always has his fishing license at the ready too.
4.) Flashlight. As with the knife, there is quite a variety of flashlights that men carry as well as a variety of ways they carry them. Some carry them in a pouch hooked to their belts, others have them on their key rings, and still others simply carry small enough ones to keep in their pockets.
5.) Keys. Chances are that every man carries keys with him, but not all of them listed that they do so. Some carry quite a few keys, while others only have a couple. Perhaps with the new technology in cars that don’t require a key to open or start them, carrying keys is going to become a thing of the past.
6.) Watch. This was slightly lower on the list than the other items, though it is still pretty common. Most likely, many individuals now use their phones for telling time.
Other common items that many men carry with them include sunglasses, reading glasses, a pen or marker, a multi-tool, breath mints, and lip balm of some sort. Several men said they carry a picture of their wife and/or kids too, but most likely those who carry phones keep pictures there. Only some of the men who are married noted their wedding ring as an item they always have on them.
There are also some items that are less common but that quite a few men claim to always have with them. These items include a gun, tape measure, rescue whistle and utility corkscrew. Each one probably holds a good story as to why it is carried every day too. Some admitted to keeping extra items such as a gym bag (did not say what was in the bag), snacks “for energy,” a water bottle and an umbrella. Most, however, stuck to only what they could carry on them.
Question: Are you like the typical male with the everyday items you carry with you?
Stay tuned for upcoming related articles including “Everyday Carry for Women,” “Everyday Carry for the Car,” and “Emergency Must-Haves at Home.”