Everyday Carry: Survive

People talk a lot about everyday carry like everyone that participates is a city slicker with a 9-to-5. Sure, a good chunk of us live our lives that way – but not everyone. For others, everyday carry isn’t a contingency or a hobby; it’s a necessity in order to make it through the day. And since we don’t want to overlook those folks just because they’re not the norm, we’ve instead taken inspiration for this week’s pocket dump from them. The gear you see before you is excellent for anyone’s day-to-day. But, more than that, it really shines in those less than ideal situations, where having a flashlight, glass breaker, compass, or otherwise can mean the difference between life and death.

SOG Escape Folding Knife

Like many great EDC knives, this one features a stainless steel folding blade and an anodized aluminum lockback handle. But it’s also got some handy extras, like a built-in seatbelt cutter and a glass-breaker handle tip – making it the ideal EDC choice for outdoorsmen, first responders, and military alike.

Purchase: $38

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

An EDC pen is tremendously handy for scribbling down ideas and/or notes, but some pens are designed to be more than that – like this one from legendary brand Gerber. Crafted from machined stainless steel, this writing utensil features a Rite in the Rain cartridge that allows it to write in almost any conditions. It also features a glass-breaker tip, doubles as a self-defense tool, and is made here in the USA.

Purchase: $47+

VSSL Supplies Survival Cache

Start with a 200-lumen flashlight. Add in an impact- and water-resistant case. Then load it with extras like an oil-filled compass, a razor blade, water purification tabs, fishing gear, waterproof matches, and a saw. Those are just some of the things this unassuming cylinder has to offer. And since it’s about the size of a water bottle, there’s little excuse not to keep VSSL’s Survival Cache with you at all times.

Purchase: $100

Victorinox I.N.O.X. CARBON Watch

Victorinox makes some pretty rugged gear – but only this I.N.O.X. watch has been proven to survive being run over by a literal tank. Pair that with its reliable Swiss movement, lightweight carbon fiber case, and paracord watch band, you’ve got a stupendous timepiece perfect for any survival situation.

Purchase: $595

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