What do you typically take with you when you leave the house? Your phone? Keys? Wallet? Is that all? Damn. We’ve got some work to do.
The PKW is a classic must when leaving the house, we get that, but there are so many more of the best EDC accessories men should be bringing with them when they step out of the front door. You might think that sounds ridiculous, but in this post-COVID world, we’re clearly living in different times. Some things you would never think you needed to leave the house with just five years ago became a staple to venturing out on the town last year.
Even though the days of COVID are closing after we spent a year adding M (masks) and S (sanitizer) to the original PKW, there is still a slew of the best EDC accessories to consider when out on the town for those just-in-case moments. Because, if we’ve learned anything in the past year, you genuinely never know what’ll happen in your day-to-day.
Below, you can find a list of the best EDC accessories you should keep on hand at all times when you leave the house. From obvious picks like the best wallets for men to less likely must-haves like a handy pocket knife, here are the best EDC accessories for running errands, headed to work or going on a road trip.
1. Kenneth Cole Reaction Risky Business Messenger Bag
A good armory of everyday carry items won’t fit in your pockets. One great way to carry a few necessities is with a good leather messenger bag that will hold all of the items you want to keep on your body. Sure, not every day is messenger bag appropriate, so if you want to go for something a little more low-key, we suggest you check out some canvas tote bags. You know, for your casual summer endeavors.
2. Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks
Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks are a genuine no-brainer. Who doesn’t want to stay at the top of their game throughout their day? You never know when you’re going to get into some moments when your breath needs to be at the top of its game.
3. Buffway Slim Wallet
Bifold wallets are so last year, my guy. There’s never been a better time than now to purchase a slim, front pocket wallet that will hold all of your credit cards and license. This one from Buffway on Amazon is perfect because it also features RFID technology.
4. Key Chain
If you’re keeping your keys loose in your bag, there’s a huge chance you’re a serial killer. Slap those car, house and gym lock keys right on a handsome keychain you can keep on you at all times. This one even doubles as a bottle opener.
5. Anker Portable Charger
Smartphone batteries deteriorate suspiciously quickly, so a good portable charger. This one from Anker is one of the highest-rated options on Amazon and is super thin so you can slip it right into your pocket. The device can charge your iPhone 12 a whole 2.25 times before you have to charge the device again, which will definitely keep your phone alive for a while.
A no-brainer EDC accessory in our post-COVID world? On-the-go Purell. Ever since the beginning of 2020, this has been a staple to carry when leaving the house and it likely will be until we die. We’ve all become germaphobes, so why wouldn’t you want this on you?
7. Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover
A stain will ruin even the best of outfits. Having one of these stain remover sticks in your bag will come in handy surprisingly often. For real — you simply don’t want to be caught dead with a stain on your shirt on your next interview or date, do you?
8. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
This is one of our favorite men’s grooming products. Period. It’s one of the few lip balms engineered specifically for guys, who often forget to keep their kisser moisturized. Chapped lips are so last year, boys.
9. DUDE Wipes Flushable Wet Wipes
These flushable, highly-rated DUDE wipes deliver moisture and vitamins to your hands, behind, or face, so you feel fresh all day. Plus, they come individually packaged to fit nicely into your bag. They’re even flushable if you catch our drift. Yeah. You can use them down there, through and through.
Scentbird is a subscription service that delivers mini designer fragrances to your door each month, which is perfect for on-the-go suave guys. You can keep one in your bag at all times and freshen up in seconds before a meeting or date.
11. CRKT M16-01KS EDC Folding Pocket Knife
Once you start carrying a pocket knife, you’ll never go back. It is (and always will be) one of the most useful things in your bag, and a slim folding knife like this won’t take up much space either. We named the CRKT M16-01KS EDC Folding Pocket Knife the best pocket knife this year because it really does make for one of the best EDC accessories a man can have on hand.
12. Disposable Face Masks
We know, we know. This just sent shivers down your spine. We get it. It sent shivers down ours, too. Although we’re trying to forget the last year and live in a mask-free world, it’s safe to keep one on hand every time you leave the house. With different businesses and establishments choosing to keep face masks going in various states, you never know when you’ll have to throw it on for a second. Might as well have one on hand.
13. Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones
This one is pretty obvious. You never want to be stuck on the subway or the bus without some tunes. Some of you might still be carrying around those wired earbuds you got with your iPhone a few years back and we simply have to tell you that it’s time to pick up one of the best wireless headphones instead. Our suggestion? The industry-leading Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones — built with noise-canceling technology, Alexa voice control and a mic for phone calls.
14. Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Staying hydrated can be deceptively tough, but this Hydro Flask makes it much easier. Fill it up and throw some ice in for a drink that stays cold for hours and hours on end. They come in a number of handsome colors to choose from and can even support hot drinks.
15. BIC Lighter
Even if you don’t smoke, we suggest you keep a lighter on you. Don’t you want to be someone’s knight in shining armor the second a stranger walks up to you asking for a light?