At home, in the car, at work, and basically at all times, we carry different useful objects with us: a smartphone, watch, wallet, pencils, flashlights, pocket knives, and many others.
This collection of useful items that are constantly being carried is known as Everyday carry (EDC) or every-day carry.
Due to COVID-19, I started working full time from home and quickly had a mess to handle my personal items. Before, I was used to taking my cell phone, wallet, car keys, and a compact Swiss army knife. Everything was kept in my pockets or on my desk.
But at home I find it difficult to keep order, because I have my wallet and watch in the room, the keys hanging next to the garage door and anyway, I don’t usually have so many objects with me because I use a small table in the living room.
I started looking for solutions without having to resort to storing everything in boxes, having a bigger desk, or simply carrying everything in the pockets of my pants or shorts.
At that time, I first read about EDC, which involves optimizing the objects you need for your daily activities.
I found many tips for transporting, ordering, and storing my everyday items, including the use of carabiners.
I had used carabiners, mainly those that come included with keys or some tools. The problem with those cheap carabiners was the quality. They were usually quickly damaged.
But, he was not willing to pay for the higher quality carabiners used for climbing. Thanks to the EDC, I realized that there are good quality carabiners at affordable prices.
Carabiners for EDC
Carabiners for EDC can be found in a huge variety of configurations: color, dimension, weight supported, with additional functions such as
screwdrivers, rulers, bottle opener, multitools, and counting.
Prices start at $5, and you can find them in materials like plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, and even titanium.
In the images, I show you the details of the Nite Ize brand carabiners that I recently got.
I must admit that there are other more robust options, but priced below $5, they really aren’t bad at all.
Small carabiners like the Nite Ize size #1, hold up to 5lb (2.3KG), enough for keys, pocket knives, and even bottles.
Bigger carabiners like the Nite Ize size #4, will allow you to securely hold: bottle or thermos, key bundles, and even kitchen utensils and other camping accessories.
I bought the carabiners in the stainless steel finish, however, if you want to keep objects in a visible way, such as keys or a knife, you can select more striking colors.
In short, you can use carabiners for a large number of tasks or situations: fastening bag zippers, hanging shopping bags, or holding a tarp. Of course, remember to select a carabiner that supports weight or pressure.