High Exposure: 20 Outdoor EDC Essentials

For the most part, the phrase Everyday Carry alludes to pocket-sized items that work to convenience our day to day lives. From our wallets to pocket knives to phones to miniature multitools, the essence behind this term places preparedness and utility as its highest merit, purposed to keep us at the ready for tackling the majority of life’s little hurdles. And for the most part, these are items we carry on the way to work, around the house, or out and about in our local urban center. However, why should we stop there? Outside of our paved paradises exists a whole different caliber of ever-present tasks and challenges – the great outdoors – which at times may not be so great if you’re not prepared ahead of time.

It’s along this line of thinking that we indulge the notion of outdoor everyday carry, items that will stand up to a bit of inclement weather and built serve a definitive purpose at the campsite or while out on a hike. It’s these items, from flashlights, to lighters, to waterproof backpacks and even on-the-go water filters, that facilitate our enjoyment of the wilderness without the worry of feeling unprepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store. So with that in mind, have a scroll through this list of 20 essential outdoor everyday carry items that are certain keep your mind at ease the next time you decide to disappear into the wild.

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

The combination of dry, chilly air and wind is never good for your lips. And since chapped and cracked lips is hardly a desired sensation, it’d be wise to make sure some lip balm is on your person before heading out the door. Burt’s is known for their quality, packed with almond oil and ultra emollient lanolin in addition to their beeswax composition to soothe your lips.

Purchase: $5

Morakniv Companiion Knife

Morakniv Companion Knife

Heading outdoors without a knife is never a smart idea. Add an extended stay in the backcountry into the equation and you’re asking for trouble. However, the good news is that you not need to spend an arm and a leg on a camping knife. Take the Morakniv Companion Knife for instance, featuring a 4.1-inch 12C27 Sandvik stainless steel fixed blade and a patterned high-friction grip for easy handling. It also comes with a limited one-year warranty, a plastic sheath, and belt loop for easy carry.

Purchase: $15

Stanley Classic Flask

Stanley Classic Flask

Who doesn’t like a little bit of booze in the outdoors? And with a name like Stanley, you can trust in the integrity and craftsmanship of this flask in keeping your favorite spirit contained in its stainless steel construction. Perfect for hiking, skiing, or of course sipping bourbon by the campfire. The flask offers 8oz of volume, is BPA free, and comes with an integrated lanyard cap to keep it at the ready for the next sip.

Purchase: $17

Soto Pocket Torch

Soto Pocket Torch

Burn baby burn. At least that’s what you’ll be thinking when lighting a fire with the Soto Pocket Torch – a device that turns your ordinary disposable lighter into a 2,300-degree wind resistant blow torch. That’s right. It’s the perfect option for heating things up at the campsite, and since it also increases the life of each disposable lighter by up to 60 percent, you’ll be keeping everything lit for days to come.

Purchase: $20

Light My Fire FireSteel Fire Starter

Light My Fire FireSteel Fire Starter

All Jim Morrison references aside this is one serious fire starter, even hosting an emergency whistle. Each FireSteel lasts for up to 12,000 strikes, with each one providing up to a 2,980-degree spark in any weather, including rain and wind, at any altitude. So if the lighter was left at home, and the sun is setting below the tree line, you can rest assured this fire starter will get something burning through the night.

Purchase: $20

LifeStraw Water Filter

LifeStraw Water Filter

For those times when the thirst is just too much to handle and the water bottle has emptied, you’ll be glad you have the LifeStraw handy. It’s a personal water filter that removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria allowing you to sip straight from the stream without any worry. It can filter up to 1000 liters of contaminated water as well without the need for iodine, chlorine or other harmful chemicals. The perfect day hike accessory.

Purchase: $20

Bull & Stash Travel Stash

Bull & Stash Travel Stash

Maybe you’re an aspiring writer. Maybe you’re looking for inspiration while traversing the great outdoors. Maybe you’re simply into journaling. Whatever the case, this pocket-sized Travel Stash notebook from Bull & Stash is perfect for just about anything that involves the written word. Each notebook contains 50 pages of 60 lb bleed-resistant paper housed within a tanned and naturally oiled leather cover. Emerson would most certainly approve.

Purchase: $25

Tin Mill Key Safe

Tin Mill Key Safe

Keep your valuables safe, secure and hidden with this mini Key Safe from The Tin Mill. With it, you can store your cash, or medication or whatever else you want to keep close by on your keychain within its sand blasted 304 stainless steel construction. The piece is even watertight and corrosion resistant so there’s no need to worry about it getting a little wet in the process either.

Purchase: $25

Vanguard Limited Bifold Wallet

Vanguard Limited Bifold Wallet

Though you may not need as much cash in the wilderness as back in the city, it still pays to keep your coin dry and in good hands while immersed in nature. Take this American-made Vanguard from Flowfold for instance. It’s made from durable water-resistant fabric, boast an incredibly thin profile and is extremely light as well; the perfect option to keep that emergency fund safe from the wet stuff.

Purchase: $30

Bradley Mountain Utility Roll

Bradley Mountain Utility Roll

With all this EDC gear floating around it’s highly advised to invest in some sort of organizational piece. Luckily, Bradley Mountain has you covered with their waxed canvas utility roll. Whether you’re working outside, heading out for the afternoon, or simply looking for a way to keep the pocket knives, multi-tools, and flashlights in order, this American-made utility roll is a solid choice.

Purchase: $32

Leatherman Squirt Multi-Tool

Leatherman Squirt Multi-Tool

Multi-tools are great assets but in the world of EDC, they can be a bit large in size. Leatherman, one of the most trusted names in the business, decided to solve this issue with their Squirt multi-tool, small enough to fit on your key ring yet tough enough to get the job done. It features nine tools, including needle nose pliers, wire cutters, a 420HC knife, spring-action scissors and a bottle opener among others and is built from 6061-T6 hard-anodized aluminum making it highly durable and lightweight. A must have for any outdoor adventure.

Purchase: $33

All Weather Trekker Pen

All Weather Trekker Pen

All that outdoor inspiration could be wasted if you don’t have a dependable pen along for the ride. And with the risk of rain constantly in the forecast this time of year, it would be in your best interest to invest in this All Weather Trekker Pen. It writes in the rain and will continue to work in temperatures as low as -30 degrees. The Trekker will also continue to work on wet paper, writes in black ink, and includes a lanyard ring so it’s by your side at all times.

Purchase: $33

Tru-Nord Zipper Pull Compass

Tru-Nord Zipper Pull Compass

Two roads diverge in a yellow wood, and with this compass from Tru-Nord you’ll be sure to take the right one back to the campsite. Each USA-made compass is CNC machined from a solid 1 1/16” brass rod and features jeweled movement that’s controlled by a cobalt steel magnet for incredible stability. Every piece also comes with a lifetime warranty and the paint dial glows in the dark to prevent you from getting lost at night.

Purchase: $35

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen

Water is life. This is true. But it’s also comforting to have a hot cup of coffee on the go or a cold beer during an afternoon hike. This vacuum sealed bottle, built with a double-walled construction and high-quality 18/8 food-grade stainless steel can fulfill all three of these needs. It’s lightweight, BPA-free, and the leakproof Loop Cap can clip onto your day pack with ease. Never go thirsty again.

Purchase: $37

Outdoor Nordic Pocket Saw

Outdoor Nordic Pocket Saw

All those fire starters will be rendered useless without proper firewood. And if you’re without an ax, chopping wood becomes a bit of an impossible task. Fortunately, the Nordic Pocket Saw comes in handy thanks to its lightweight, packable and powerful nature. Its chain is made with heat treated high carbon steel, and the heavy-duty nylon handles ensure a strong and slip-resistant grip even when wet. And for added safety, it can be stored within its Cordura case when not in use.

Purchase: $44

LIfeProof Fre for iPhone 7

LifeProof Fre for iPhone 7

Life happens. And with our ever-growing dependence on what appears to be increasingly delicate pocket-sized computers, you’ll be happy to know that the LifeProof case can stand up to just about anything our destructive lives throw its way. It’s waterproof rated at IP-68, dirt proof, snow proof and drop proof from up to 6.6 feet. That doesn’t mean you can go ahead get reckless with your iPhone, this case is simply here to put your mind at ease next time you head outdoors.

Purchase: $90

Surefire P2X Flashlight

Surefire P2X Flashlight

Here’s an obvious choice. The need for a quality flashlight never ceases to exist. But instead of carrying around a bulky and heavy flashlight in your bag, opt for this pocket-sized Surefire that boasts a highly-efficient, failure-proof LED delivering anywhere between 15 to 500 lumens of light. It’s also built from high-strength aerospace grade aluminum and anodized to military specifications to resist scratches and corrosion.

Purchase: $155

MIS Roll Up Backpack

MIS Roll Up Backpack

Doesn’t get any less complicated when your brand stands for “Make It Simple” (MIS for short). Built right here in the US, every element of these backpacks are certified Mil-Spec and this Roll-Up in particular – made from 1000 denier Dupont Condura Nylon – features a water resistant coating and heavy-duty YKK self-repairing zipper. Its roll-top capability makes it highly adaptable towards everyday needs, and with a PALS webbing on the front and bottom, a zippered mesh inside, and zippered padded back panel for quick access to the inside of the pack, your gear will not only stay dry but organized as well.

Purchase: $170

A101 Aviator Watch

Jack Mason A101 Aviator Watch

When it comes to keeping track of time in the outdoors, you simply can’t go wrong with this A101 Aviator Watch from Jack Mason. It’s inspired from the instrument gauges mounted in an aircraft’s cockpit and features the traditional Aviator dial and Super Luminova markings all housed within its 42mm case. Also, the watch’s 100-meter water resistance rating and comfortable nylon band will keep you on time and comfortable wherever your outdoor travels may lead.

Purchase: $185

B.3 Binoculars

B.3 Binoculars

Sometimes observing wildlife in its natural habitat is best accomplished from afar. In this case, a solid pair of binoculars is necessary. And with low-light performance, incredible depth of field, and magnification of up to 10x, this pair of B.3 binoculars will have you bird watching in no time. It also comes equipped with a neoprene neck strap, and a double layered microfiber storage bag to keep everything clean and secure.

Purchase: $500

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