Have you ever tried writing a note without a pen?
How about keeping your keys together without a keyring?
These items are mundane but they serve a purpose.
…and you carry them with you every day.
My EDCs do exactly what I want them to do – and don't cost me a fortune.
In today's article, I give you 25 Every Day Carry tools you can find for under $25.
Let's start off with watches. You won't get a quality mechanical watch for under $25 but you can get a great digital watch – they're accurate, durable and you don't have to worry about winding them up all the time.
Budget EDC 1. Casio F91 W
A tried and tested classic with a 33 mm case, daily alarm, hourly time signal, calendar and a night light. And it's water resistant!
Budget EDC 2. Casio A1 58 AWA
The F91 W with added ‘bling' – the same 33 mm size but with a sharp stainless steel case and a three-link bracelet with fold-over clasp closure.
Budget EDC 3. Casio F108
Moving up a case size to 42.4 mm, the Casio F108 features a durable stainless steel case with mineral dial window and a resin band with buckle closure. You'll also get a digital display with an LED light and a daily alarm.
Budget EDC 4. Casio W 800
The Casio W 800 is another favorite of mine – it's got a a 10-year battery life, 100 meter water resistance and dual time.
Budget EDC 5. Casio Data Bank
Fancy something with more buttons?
The Casio Data Bank features calculator keys, a backlight, four multifunction alarms, and one alarm with snooze. But note – this one isn't water resistant!
Budget EDC 6. Casio Classic Calculator
Who remembers this from school? The Classic Calculator features an 8 digit calculator, 1/100 second stop watch and auto calendar. Unlike the Data Bank, it's also water resistant!
Budget EDC 7. Casio Royale
Looks and sounds like it comes straight from a James Bond movie, the Casio Royale has a 39.5 mm stainless steel case and push button foldover clasp. I love the design – it looks like it costs a lot more than $25!
Budget EDC 8. Casio MRW200H
Casio's budget dive watch option has a rotating bezel and claims to be suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkelling and sailing. I wouldn't trust it with my life but it looks great for the price!
Budget EDC 9. Timex Ironman
If you like to get outdoors – check out the Time Ironman with its chunky design and lap time feature. It's also Water Resistant to 100m.
Budget EDC 10. Timex Expedition
Another great offering from Timex, the Expedition has multiple alarms and one of the coolest features ever – a compass on the strap.
OK – so the last 2 might cost you a little more than $25 but you can shop around for online coupon codes. Even if you can't find the price you're looking for straight away, download Shoptagr and it'll notify you when the watch goes on sale.
Budget EDC 11. Gerber Dime
When it comes to value, you'll do well to beat the Gerber Dime.
It's made from stainless steel, it's compact and lightweight and fits perfectly in your pocket.
The Dime also has 10 tools – needle nose spring-loaded pliers, wire cutter, fine edge blade, retail package opener, scissors, medium flat driver, crosshead driver, bottle opener, tweezers and a file.
Budget EDC 12. Victorinox Camo Swiss Army Knife
Looking for something even smaller? The Victorinox Camo Swiss Army Knife has everything you need – including a toothpick.
Budget EDC 13. Screwpop Bottle Opener
This awesome utility knife and bottle opener combo can cut, slice, score and open bottles! It's also magnetic so it sticks to your refrigerator and you can also easily attach it to a keyring, carabiner clip, backpack or bag.
Budget EDC 14. Night Eyes Multi Tool
If you don't want to get in trouble with airport security, this 6-in-1 key chain multi tool has an integrated bottle opener, combination paint scraper/tape cutter/scoring tool, flathead screwdriver, pry tool, metric + standard ruler, and 3 wrench sizes.
This mini multi tool is designed to withstand all the daily bumps and scrapes you put it through.
Budget EDC 15. Gerber Shard
This tool just sounds cool. And if you get it in black, it's coated with Titanium Nitride Coating which sounds even cooler.
It looks simple but has 7 functions, including a bottle opener, nail remover and screwdriver.
Budget EDC 16. Swiss Tech Utility Key
Looks like a key but is also a small blade and a screw driver. I keep it with me and I've never fallen foul of airport security.
At the time of printing – this was out of stock on Amazon.
But you'll be able to find it online – and use Shoptagr to search for discounts!
Budget EDC 17. Troika Interchangeable Keyring System
This awesome time saving gadget keeps your keys together but also allows you to easily snap off keys without easily snapping off your fingernails.
Great if you just need to let someone borrow a key. And when they're done, the key snaps straight back on.
Budget EDC 18. FreeKey System
Another time saving – and fingernail saving – device. The FreeKey System groups your keys so you can have easier access should you need to detach them.
Budget EDC 19. Fisher Space Pen & Military Fisher Space Pen
Looks like something out of the future and lets you writes at any angle, extreme temperatures (-30F to 250F) and even in zero gravity – very useful if you find yourself in space. The Fisher Space Pen is probably the most versatile pen ever made.
It's also available in a ‘Military' variant. (It's bigger and easier to keep track of.)
Budget EDC 20. Multitool Tactical for Self Defense
Sometimes a pen just isn't enough. Sometimes you need to write, to shine a light on things, to smash things and also to defend yourself (should anyone come and steal your pen). Enter the Multitool Tactical Pen. And yes – all this for well under $25.
Budget EDC 21. Pocketman XMLT6
The XMLT6 is ultra bright and long lasting – it lets you easily light up an entire room or focus in on objects up to 1000 feet away! It's also water resistant and virtually indestructible.
Apparently, you can also run it over with a truck and it'll still work. (An idea for a future video?)
Budget EDC 22. Lumintop AA 2.0
This compact torch has 60h runtime, it's waterproof and made from aircraft-grade aluminum. It's also lighter than a 4 quarters coin!
Budget EDC 23. Monet Phone Wallet
The MONET phone wallet attaches to your phone and has 2 pockets that can securely hold credit cards, IDs, metro cards, business cards, cash and more.
It also packs a slim grip that slides flat when your phone in your pocket and slides open when you're holding it.
Budget EDC 24. Tapp Stainless Steel Money Clip
This Tapp Stainless Steel Money Clip is slim and light, and makes you look like a bad-ass in public.
Budget EDC 25. TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones
TaoTronics Bluetooth headphones are perfect for workouts and have built-in magnets let you attach the two headphones together when not using. The rechargeable long battery life means you get 9 hours of continuous music and the noise cancelling microphone reduces outside noises and enables clearer microphone sound.
And Finally… Something personal
Always carry something personal – something which means something to you.
For me, it's my Marine Challenge Coin. For you…? Well – that's your decision!
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