- Buyer's Guide
Modern Office EDC Essentials
For the modern professional, being productive is a round-the-clock ordeal. The essentials you keep close should equip you to create your best work and excel in your field, whether you’re at your desk or out and about. These everyday items presented by Everydaycarry.com have many qualities and features in line with EDC principles like durability, portability and versatility, with designs to match any professional environment…
Pen & Paper
In today’s highly-connected, always-on work environment, it’s easy to lose track of your tasks and responsibilities in a sea of information. Sometimes it’s best to disconnect for a few minutes of the workday to record, focus, and prioritize your to-do’s on a real piece of paper. The Mnemosyne line of Notebooks from Japanese brand Maruman offers some of the highest quality paper you’ll find in a portable notebook, resulting in a smooth writing experience every time. Other features like its sturdy cover and dual-ring binding system ensure it’ll hold up at, to, and from the office. Plans, notes, and ideas you’ve jotted or sketched can also be easily shared thanks to the Mnemosyne’s micro-perforated pages.
A capable pen is a must-have if you’re working in an office, especially if you’re a creative or designer. The Sharbo X LT3 multi-pen system stands up not only to office standards, but for any discerning EDCer’s pocket as well. It can accommodate up to three writing components – ballpoint, gel ink, pencil, or even a stylus for tablet work. Combining different tips in a sturdy brass construction body offers versatility and quick accessibility on the go or at your desk.
Commute & Mobile Office
Getting your caffeine fix in to get you through the grind can be just as essential for some. Zojirushi’s SM-KHE48AG coffee mug seems to be designed with EDC in mind. Its vacuum-insulated stainless steel body not only keeps your beverage of choice hot for hours on end, it also affords much-needed durability for daily use. Other thoughtful features like a comfortable, grippy finish, compact size, locking lid, and button-activated opening make the Zojirushi feel more like a tool than a simple mug.
Whether you’re taking the train to work, flying on a business trip, or working remotely in a noisy café, you’d appreciate some high-quality in-ear monitors to tune everything out. The Shure SE215 earphones first and foremost sound fantastic. But their in-ear design isolates sound, meaning you won’t hear external distractions. This also helps preserve your hearing as you won’t be needing to crank up the volume with these. These Shures in particular have sturdy, replaceable cables and swiveling attachment points to ensure they won’t tangle and wear out in your pocket from daily carry.
For many of us, our work travels with us. One way to bring your mobile productivity to a halt is a dead battery. Luckily, the Limefuel Blast 1560X can rescue a red battery for not just one, but four devices at once. It manages an impressive 15,600mAh capacity (that’s roughly 8 full iPhone 6 charges) in a compact, ergonomic package that’s perfect for a bag or pack. Other EDC-friendly features include a well-designed 2-in-1 charging cable and a backup LED flashlight.
EDC for the Workplace
Productivity and organization go hand in hand — and that’s true of your essentials as well. For managing your small electronics, devices, cables and chargers, look into the Grid-It by Cocoon. A system of neoprene loops keeps your tech essentials snugly in place so you’ll never be tangled up in messy cords again. Load it up then slip it into your bag or briefcase to have quick access to everything at a glance. They come in various sizes and colors, so there’s bound to be a Grid-It that’s right for you.
Not every office permits the carry of a knife (be sure to check your workplace’s restrictions!) but they can be such a useful tool to make your daily tasks easier: opening parcels, tinkering in the studio or at the workbench, or even enjoying your lunch break. The Victorinox Alox Cadet is a solid choice for EDC overall, but it’s especially great for the office because of its easily-recognizable, non-threatening branding and design language. The Cadet features a capable toolset besides its primary blade – such as screwdrivers, a nail file, and bottle opener – all sandwiched between durable, grippy ribbed aluminum handles.
Sure, you can keep track of time by checking your smartphone, but that might send the wrong message, especially in business meetings with important clients. Wearing a dedicated watch solidifies a professional appearance while making sure time doesn’t slip by. The Orient Ray is an inexpensive option for a classy EDC watch. Wrist motion from daily wear actually powers its Japanese automatic movement, so maintenance is a snap as long as its on your wrist. Features like its hard crystal window, 200M water resistance and stainless steel case make it ideal for daily wear and tear.