If you’re like us, you have more EDC gear than you know what to do with. It’s in all of your pockets, it’s in your glove box, it’s even sucking up space in your gym bag. There’s never enough room to carry everything you’ll need for the daily grind and the emergency supplies for when the straits get dire. We’ve found that the answer is not necessarily to carry less equipment, but rather to keep it better organized by using an organizer pouch. These create a more effective way to haul everything you require in a pocket, backpack, or bag, all with smarter access and less clutter.
EDC pouches can be had in a variety of flavors, with those that are practically tactical purses to those that work more like a wallet, giving you a few more compartments for your pens, credit cards, cash, and the hidden documents that must not fall into enemy hands. They keep most of your normal stuff out of sight and out of the way, thus making items you use all the time easier to access. When you’re ready to stop juggling and systematize your stuff, let one of our 12 best EDC pouch organizers get you packed up like a pro.
Condor Pocket Pouch
Flyweight: As EDC items, none of these organizers are terribly weighty, but even among these Lilliputian wonders, the Condor is particularly compact. It’s a simple zippered body with three interior pouches as well as a vinyl sleeve for stowing your ID. On the front is a mesh web for helping you keep your keys in an accessible place that’s likewise difficult to lose. Get a bunch of pouches and stow them everywhere on your person. No one will know…
Cocoon Grid-It Organizer
Hodgepodge: Grid-Its products don’t look like anything more than a bunch of elastic bands on a board. Truth be told, it isn’t much more than that, but each band is a particular length, intended to secure a particular product. The Grid-It line has edc pouch organizers for professionals and urban-livers, rather than the survivalist. This gives you space for a tablet, flashlight, phone, books, pens, pencils, and many more items, all with a workshop pegboard appearance.
Maxpedition E.D.C. Pocket Organizer
Nameless: A brand that calls itself “Maxpedition” should be able to find a better title than just “E.D.C. Pocket Organizer” but when a product is this good, they don’t really need to. A flat 8” x 6” main has ample space for documents, cash, pens, plenty of thumb drives, or that stress ball that is all that keeps your boss’s throat un-wrung. Tie down loops give it versatility, velcro gives it a patchability, and the flat black outside gives nothing away.
Juggernaut: 21 offset elastic channels in a tiered structure await you inside this high-capacity monster. The Husky is one of the larger models of organizer, meant more for car or briefcase carry. Multi-function, it can be a personal carry-all just as easily as a survival toolkit. Measuring only 8” x 6” with a 2” depth, it’s deceptively compact for the volume it stocks. Lockable YKK zippers with paracord loops complete the package.
5.11 Tactical Organizer and Notebook
Reader: A notebook is the one item we suggest everyone put with their EDC kit and it’s the one thing no one ever does. If you’re still fighting the notebook, consider trying this organizer that also comes with its own dedicated Rite in the Rain notepad. See if you don’t find yourself jotting down ideas, song lyrics to look up, or that billion-dollar mud flap idea. MOLLE straps built around 100% nylon shell also makes it a handy but unobtrusive little organizer.
Cargo Works iPhone 6 EDC Note Case
Sleeper: It looks, literally, just like any other case. Were the inside as forgettable as the outside, we would have quickly dismissed it. Then we realized it could be folded up to act as a small tool tray, that it held much more than a phone, but specialized places for passports, and with MOLLE webbing on the side that lets it dance the night away with your other everyday carry stuff, we were enchanted.
GoRuck GR1 Padded Field Pocket
Multi-Tool: You can use this alone, but with its simplistic build, the GR1 is intended to go into the field with anyone who needs a little spare space. It can hook on a medic’s field bag or attach in and around body armor without a hitch or a catch. It is precisely what it says: An additional pocket for when you plan on heading into the field, the bush, the brush, or just out for a day on the river.
Kifaru 500D Organizer Pocket
Commando: Long and flat, this piece operates in tandem with a backpack to help you keep all your smaller items organized. It can be carried on it’s own, but it works much better when organizing the items you need while camping, hiking, boating, or mountaineering, rather than giving you a place to put your third “work” iPhone.
Triple Aught Design OP1
Operator: The OP1 is specifically made for the paramilitary combatant, hunter, or die-hard paintballer who wants something that uses true 500 Denier MIL-SPEC Invista Cordura fabric with hook tabs and lots of MOLLE. The build allows the OP1 to be mounted nearly anywhere, so it can act as a belt or shoulder bag, or be tucked into more personal spaces. Outside of literal knife attacks, there’s almost no chance the OP1 will rip or tear.
The Skinth Trail Blazer
Bundled: Skinth’s name means “Skinny Sheath Storage Solution” and began as a way to organize fire starters along with tinder, fuel, and other supples. The Trail Blazer shows that they’re doing more than that, by giving you an adaptable bag that looks far too utilitarian to be girlish, but can hold all your body sprays and hair gels, you EDC man, you. For specs, how does 1000 Denier Cordura nylon stitched up with V70 nylon thread sound? If it’s not enough, Skinth throws in features slide release buckles on every flap. It’s tactically perfect in every way.
Knomo Knomad Air
Elitist: A folio style folder, the Knomad Air is lightly coated cotton canvas, giving it enough durability to survive baggage handling and extended meetings, but it lacks the grit for going off-road and off-track. More of a replacement for clunky briefcases, this holds files, tablets, phones, and the items of a professional without the bulk of a bigger body.
This is Ground Tech Dopp Kit
Wired: There’s a place inside for each of your many power-hungry accessories and spots for their cords and chargers. Depending on how much you have to tote around, you can get the 9” x 9” large, a 9” x 5.5” medium, or a wee 6.5” x 5.5” small. Each are more than 2-and-a-quarter inches thick, allowing for a compartment underneath for battery backups and flash drives. Every one is handmade out of leather in Los Angeles, giving them American quality through and through.