#EDC or #Everydaycarry is a hashtag that has been around for a while. I encountered it first as the “manly” way to post about “what’s in my handbag”, and as such, I think it’s a bit shitty, and demonstrates fragile masculinity. But, on the other hand, I don’t have a handbag any more, and I think people who aren’t manly bros should perhaps make this hashtag a better place.
but.. have you done a websearch for this? what comes up is preppers, survivalists and bushcrafters, and even though I am a person who loves camping and outdoors and touring and nature and bushdraft, the toxic masculinity of all this is simply too much for me. And there are commercial sites that market wallets, knives and flashlights, clearly to men. And I hate stuff that’s marketed to only one gender.. That’s why I just titled this blogpost “What’s in my everyday bike pannier”.
What do I carry around every day? Winter edition
I’ll start on the top left corner and move to the right: This black object is just a baseball cap. I wear glasses and if it rains, this cap prevents my glasses from getting wet.
Next to it on the top is my “Zero Waste Kit”: A glass jar, two fabric bags, a spoon, chopsticks, and a water bottle. If I plan on ordering takeaway food, I also bring my tiffin lunchbox, but I don’t have it on me all the time. I also don’t have the jar with me all the time, but the fabric bags and the cutlery are small and light enough, I don’t bother to take them out of my pannier if I don’t need them. And a water bottle is always a good idea. This one is double walled and can keep water cool or tea hot.
On the top right corner is this rust coloured bag, and it contains rain pants and rain covers for my shoes for cycling. I can also put a rainjacket inside, but now, in november, I wear the rainjacket anyway against the cold wind, so it doesn’t often make it into this bag.
In the next row from left to right: A patchwork bag with an ebook reader in it. A little black pouch with fountain pens and a USB flash drive in it. Another little bag/pouch with a battery pack and charging cables in it. (My phone is not on the picture, by the way, but it should have been there) and knitted gloves/wristwarmers. I don’t have the wristwarmers all the time, but the gloves, yes.
On the bottom: my purse, a chapstick, 2 cough drops, a bottle of essential oil, one handcream which I got in 2016 and I’m still using up, a “peeing stick” that allows me to pee standing up outside, and my bullet journal.
Sometimes I also have an Opinel knife with me, but lately, I didn’t, for no particular reason.. mainly because I don’t need one in the city.
In my purse is also a tick removal card, that’s a handy tool with which you can pull out ticks, and it has a credit card format. I also sometimes have a bicycle multi-tool with me, but at the moment, I don’t. If I have a puncture or something breaks, I can just haul my bike to the next bike shop or take it home with the subway. Luckily, this almost never happens. I always pack some basic bike tools and a pump when I leave the city, but now, in winter, I mostly only commute.
That’s it! So, what’s in your backpack/bike pannier/handbag/pockets?