I grew up riding a motorcycle in Ireland, so I had to be prepared for anything: torrential rains, oil spills on the highway and unexpected dinners after work. After years of, well, not being prepared, I finally fine-tuned my daily gear, or EDC. When you go out with the right gear, it’s like being wrapped in a blanket of confidence. And good EDC gear is just as important whether you’re riding two or four wheels.
Confidence begins before you hit the road by dressing for wherever your adventure takes you. A good pair of polarized sunglasses is practical while driving and serves as a stylish accessory when you close the door behind you. I’ve always been happy with Ray-Ban and rock the RB2180’s, but I’m hoping to get my hands on some Original Wayfarers. If big watches were my thing, I’d wrap my wrist with the Seiko Coutura, and if I wanted to keep it simple yet stylish, I’d go for the Essentials Japanese Quartz in Silver. However, since I will be wearing Wayfarers, I opt for the retro look with the SNKP23 Recraft.
A car phone holder is a game changer. Aside from the obvious benefits like using Google Maps and seeing notifications as they come in, a mount gives you a convenient place to store your phone. You can’t go wrong with the iOttie Easy One Touch 5 for versatility, but I’d go with the CoolPow Universal Magnetic mount as I prefer low-profile designs. Another thing I had to take out of my pocket practically every time I sat down was my wallet, but that changed when I got a Secrid Slim Wallet. I had an anxiety attack while writing this because I couldn’t see or feel it, but it was in my pocket, and that’s the feeling I was going for.
Along the way, with an Amazon Music subscription, you can ride to the beat of the Fast and Furious soundtracks. Tokyo Drift is a favorite of mine and something I use to perk me up before going karting. Music is essential for many to drive, so whatever your genre, Amazon Music has you covered. It is also supported by Apple CarPlay. And if you want to gain some followers on the go, equipping your car with an Instagram Personalized Car-Wall-Vinyl is the easiest way to do that. Just kidding. Don’t be this person.
Hopefully you’ll never find yourself in the situation of having to cut your seat belt and break glass to get out of a car, but if you do, you’ll be damn glad you have the right knife handy. Editor-in-chief Jonathon Klein will talk about the need for this until the cows come home. If money were no object, I would go for the Benchmade BailoutBecause it has a glass breaker it’s sharp as hell and comes with Benchmade’s lifetime warranty. If you need a more budget-friendly option, the CRKT M16 will handle itself perfectly in an emergency, thanks to its dedicated seat belt cutter and glass breaker. Believe us: you need a good pocket knife.
What are your go-to EDC essentials? Let us know in the comments.
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