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For Elliot, his everyday carry is a necessity because he believes in being self-reliant and self-sufficient in all areas of his life. Working as a surgeon in Manila has given him a different perspective on life (and also the reason why he chose to remain somewhat anonymous). Read on to learn all about Elliot's pointed and poignant take on life and how that translates to his EDC choices.
What's in your carry?
What's your story?
I work as a surgeon in Manila. Without going into the gory details, you need to have a will of steel and iron stomach to thrive in this environment. I enjoy my work and find it rewarding, however, I consciously try to find other avenues for my attention to avoid burnout and disillusionment.
EDC came about as a necessity. You can never be over-prepared. Having basic tools at the ready - a knife, a pen, a light - gets you out of many binds. Being self-sufficient is crucial, whether it's economically, physically, emotionally, and of course, when it comes to everyday carry. Relying on oneself is always more reliable than waiting for others. And as a bonus, you'd be in a position to help others when they are ill-prepared. Win-win.
On the flip side, you don't want to be overly bogged down by tools like a fool too. I always try to remind myself to keep it simple. Getting lost in weeds and losing sight of the true reason you carry is a slippery slope.
Favorite EDC Tool?
The Mini Champ because it's evergreen and timeless. I would still find a use for it 10 years into the future. As much as I adore the Airpods Pro, it literally has built-in obsolescence.
What's On Your Gear Radar?
Right now? Absolutely nothing. I used to collect guitars and associated gear, and there's this saying among guitarists called G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). It's the same with EDC. Acquiring gear is not the driver for me. Using gear is. Living life is.
Whenever I find myself yearning for new gear and trawling IG for new ways to spend my money, I know that I'm too free and idle. So I get back to living life to the fullest with the gear I already own.
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From across the pond, we chat with Matt (@mattd_edc) who only got into EDC recently by way of boredom and the lockdown. As an engineer at a power station, Matt's able to use his gear on daily basis, which helps him fine-tune his carry based on real-world functionality. Read on for the full rundown and find out who in the EDC community Matt really wants to buy a beer for!
A practical problem-solver and teacher at heart, Ben (@gearinsitu) works as an operations manager tackling tactical issues and is trained and certified in a number of mental health and first responder programs. In his free time, he also runs youth camps, offers counseling services, and provides wilderness survival training and nature guides. Read on for the full story and rig rundown of Ben's amazing gear situation!