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8 Everyday Carry Essentials Under $50

From a pocket knife to a duct tape holder, here are five things you should have with you at all times

We’ve put together a list of some of the best reviewed EDC items on the internet, all of which come under $50. (Aaron Burden/Unsplash)
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From a pocket knife to a duct tape holder, here are five things you should have with you at all times

Your pocket space is limited, so the items you carry on a daily basis need to be highly curated. That’s especially true if you’re on a budget and don’t want to blow your savings on a single pocket knife. We’ve put together a list of some of the best reviewed EDC items on the internet, all of which come under $50.

Gerber Pocket Square Knife ($30)

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A pocket knife is arguably the most essential everyday carry item and there are countless options out there. We like the Pocket Square which gives you a three-inch drop point steel blade with an opening that can work with both left and right-handers. Even better, it’s sleek enough to wear to a black-tie event.

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Trayvax Summit Wallet ($25)

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(Courtesy Trayvax)

Washington-based Trayvax makes a number of good-looking slim wallets, but the Summit is the most streamlined with enough room to carry eight cards and a few bills, saving room in your pockets for all your other essentials.  

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Fisher Bullet Space Pen Bullet ($15)

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Thanks to a pressurized ink cartridge and special ink, the Fisher Space Pen writes upside down, underwater, over grease, and in zero gravity. It's been used on every manned NASA space mission since 1968.

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Olight S1 Mini Baton Flashlight ($50)

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You may have never considered a flashlight to be an essential everyday item, but start carrying one and you'd be surprised by how many times you use it. The S1 Mini baton packs 600 lumens in a tiny package that can clip to your pocket or backpack.

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Keysmart Duct-Ling Keychain ($15)

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We all know how handy duct tape can be but it's hard to keep a roll with you when you're on the move. This ChapStick-sized tool fits on a keychain and holds a few feet of tape.

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Field Notes Expedition Notebook ($15)

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The Expedition notebook offers seriously tough paper: It’s waterproof, acid resistant, flame resistant, and can withstand extreme temperatures. It's perfectly sized to tuck into your back pocket so it's ready for when inspiration strikes.

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Nomad Lightning Carabiner ($30)

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(Courtesy NOMAD)

Nomad makes good looking accessories for your iPhone, and this stainless steel carabiner has a built-in lightning cable so you can charge your phone on the fly. Throw it on your backpack or attach it to your keys.

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CRKT Viva Keychain Multi-Tool ($10)

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(Courtesy Columbia River Knife & Tool)

This slim tool gives you a bottle opener, hex wrench, and flat screwdriver—all useful tools on the end of your keychain. The real benefit is you can hang it from your belt loop which gets your keys out of your pocket.

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