The term “every-day-carry” (EDC) is a popular term lately, referring to particular items a person carries on themselves whenever leaving the home. A typical list of items might be a flashlight, pen, multi-tool or knife, and medical or other safety related items (in addition to the core items of cellphone, wallet/purse, and keys). I read a post last year that changed my thinking on streamlining key rings. The author’s goal was to secure as many of his desired EDC items as possible to his key ring, which along with his wallet and phone comprised his core everyday carry items. Inspired by this, below is my suggested list of EDC for the Highly Sensitive Person to optimize comfort, safety and security: • Key ring items: Micro flashlight such as a Streamlight Nano or the PhotonFreedom; Nite Ize DoohicKey key tool, or similar key-sized multi-tool; EarPeace ear plugs which are designed in Europe for musicians and fans, are comfortable, durable, and affordable. EarPeace HD includes both NRR11 and NRR15 attenuation filters, great for concerts, movies and arenas to dampen the volume, but clearly hear what is being said or sung. The aluminum travel case (pictured) has a separate chamber for the 2nd set of attenuation filter not being used, which I transitioned into an ‘HSP chamber’. The photo shows Aleve, Nexium, and Benadryl caplets, plus one caplet of gum. The gum is a great coping mechanism when nervous, anxious, and/or to increase focus. If carrying nothing else, these keyring items serve as great EDC for the Highly Sensitive Person!
• Phone with protective case – I urge all HSP’s to try a Labato lambskin stand case with magnetic closure for your Apple or Samsung device. Soft but durable, extremely functional, affordable, and available in two styles – wallet or cell phone with window! For guys and gals alike, these attractive cases come in solid black, brown or hot pink.
• Wallet/purse – I like Spec Ops brand wallets which are light but tough, and can carry a lot of items, including both coin and hidden bill compartments. I like to keep a Victorinox Screwdriver Bit (as pictured) in the coin compartment which is useful for tightening eyeglass frames, and other small jobs.
• Tactical pen – great alternative to carrying a knife. Some brands include a flashlight on one end, and a pointed tip on the other end for breaking windows/windshields/glass in an emergency (see Guard Dog Security products on Amazon).
• Pocket Tool – Swisscard Lite and/or Tool Logic Credit Card Companion fit great in a pocket or purse, offer a lot of high quality tools: scissors, tweezer, file, blade, toothpick, pen, pin, etc. A great alternative to the venerable Swiss Army key ring multi-tool! Mount a Nite Ize Stainless Steel HipClip to the backside of the Swisscard Lite for travel or everyday use, making a perfect money clip/tool combo.
• Miscellaneous pocket items – kleenex/handkerchief/bandana; menthol drop such as a Ricola, and/or a hard candy. Both men and women who tend to carry a lot of loose “pocket-type” items may benefit from consolidating them in an empty Altoids can. Consider lining both insides with a Tempo Multi-Task Sheet to reduce rattling. Tempo is hybrid kleenex/paper towel for on-the-go, and great for the car, and travel in general.
• Sunglasses – for HSP’s or others who are sensitive to light, polarized shades are wonderful for reducing glare and bright light! Another good option for those who wear Rx eyeglasses is to purchase Transitions Lenses or tinted lenses. Transitions lenses will not darken while inside a closed vehicle, so adding a magnetic “clip on” sunglass may avoid you having to purchase separate sunglasses.
• Watch….if you like to wear one. The photo above includes a pair of earbuds for listening to your favorite music or white noise app. Be careful about wearing these when out in public, as you may not notice sounds around you (horns/sirens/voices/footsteps/etc) and potentially create or become a victim of an accident or incident.
The website http://everydaycarry.com offers more information about EDC, and even has a search box to find suggested EDC items by profession! Some of the suggested items above do overlap in purpose…..so please consider the military mantra “two is one, and one is none”. This teaches us that overlap is a good thing, such as in the case of a flashlight battery or bulb failing! The above list comprises basic EDC for the Highly Sensitive Person, considering the majority of situations encountered outside the home, to include both work and leisure time. Remember that it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!
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