Everyday carry is all about being prepared for situations in which most people would be caught off guard. While some folks might wonder why you would want to carry a bunch of stuff all the time, you know that everything in your EDC arsenal has a purpose.
Of course, you might find that all the gear you want to carry is too much for your pockets. That’s why an EDC pouch like the Picofire Pocket Pouch from Roaring Fire Gear is so useful.
The Roaring Fire Picofire Pocket Pouch measures 6.3" x 4.33" x 1" and weighs just 3.5 oz, yet it has room for a surprising amount of gear. Made of water-resistant 500D Nylon with YKK Zippers, it’s a durable, reliable option to keep all your everyday carry essentials safe.
What to Keep in Your Picofire Pocket Pouch
What you carry in your Picofire Pocket Pouch will vary depending on your needs. Some EDC enthusiasts even arrange multiple pocket pouches for different situations. We recommend starting out with these ten EDC essentials:
A good, sharp knife is arguably the single most important EDC tool you can carry. The potential uses for a quality blade are endless, so choose one that’s tough and reliable. A small Swiss Army knife is a good option that saves space and also offers a variety of other tools, but many seasoned EDC pros prefer to carry a larger dedicated pocket knife.
A folding knife with around a 3-inch blade is generally considered ideal for everyday carry. This size knife is legal to carry in most states, but be sure to check your local regulations.
Let there be light! A small flashlight is useful in a wide range of emergencies. If you need to change a tire in the middle of the night, or find yourself on a hike that unexpectedly goes until after dark, you’ll be glad to have one handy.
Most of the best EDC flashlights are lightweight, compact and use AAA batteries. Some have multiple light modes, while others are nice and simple. The choice is yours. Look for a tactical flashlight with a reversible pocket clip, which allows you to affix it to your hat brim and use it like a headlamp.
A pair of pliers is an often-overlooked EDC tool that has a wide range of uses. From holding and bending to twisting and pulling, there are a lot of situations in which pliers will make your life easier.
One option is to carry a multitool with a good pair of pliers integrated into its design. That has an obvious advantage in that it also provides several other tools (including a knife blade) but you can also choose to carry a separate set of EDC pliers, like the Knipex 5” Pliers, which are the perfect size to slip into your Picofire Pocket Pouch.
Length of Paracord
Paracord is about the strongest cordage you can get. It’s something you should never be without. The uses for paracord are virtually endless, from securing cargo and tying down a tarp to fashioning a makeshift tourniquet or zipper pull. Paracord is made up of multiple inner strands, which is why it’s so strong. It can also be pulled apart to create tinder for starting fires.
Being able to get a fire going can potentially save your life in a survival situation. Every EDC Pocket Pouch should include at least one method of getting a fire going, and it’s also a good idea to carry a backup method. For example, if a lighter is your primary fire starter, also carry a few waterproof matches or a ferro rod and striker, so you have backup if your lighter fails.
Individual First Aid Kit
A few basic first aid supplies are definitely an important part of your EDC. How much you decide to carry depends on your needs and how much space you have to dedicate to your first aid kit. At minimum, you should have some band-aids, bandages and antiseptic for treating small cuts and wounds, along with lip balm and medicine for pain relief.
If you take medication for a particular condition, you should also include a few doses in your EDC. Tailor it to your needs. Carry an EpiPen if you or someone close to you is prone to severe allergic reactions.
You may not be able to rely on your phone in a survival situation. A good pocket notebook can be useful for jotting down notes and coordinates, and you may find it handy for leaving messages and exchanging information. You can get small notebooks with waterproof paper, which are great for outdoor use.
Something to write on isn’t much good if you don’t have something to write with! Your Pocket Pouch has plenty of room for a writing utensil or two. Consider carrying a pencil for personal note-taking, and a permanent marker in case you need to leave behind a note and want it to be easily seen and read.
Cash and Cards
Some folks carry their entire wallet’s contents in their Pocket Pouch, or even use a slim wallet and keep the whole thing inside their Picofire. At minimum, you should carry some spare cash in case you need it. A copy of one of your credit/debit cards and some form of identification are also a good idea.
A Spare Key
Forgetting your keys is an easy mistake to make, and having a spare set in your EDC pouch is always a smart move. The Picofire Pocket Pouch has a handy key holder clip that can be used to secure a spare copy of your house key and/or car key.
More EDC Essentials
There are several important EDC items that you might prefer not to keep in your pocket pouch. For example, your cell phone will definitely fit—the Roaring Fire Pocket Pouch is just the right size for an iPhone XR—but you may find it easier to simply keep it in your pocket. A watch is another important EDC item, but you’ll probably wear it on your wrist.
You may also want to customize your Picofire Pocket Pouch depending on the situation. Include a compass and emergency whistle if you’re going hiking or backcountry camping, or add a set of earbuds and a USB flash drive for urban adventioneering.
The options are endless. Contact us today if you’re looking for more EDC ideas, or start browsing our full line of tactical packs and pouches from Roaring Fire.