Julie’s gadget diary – January 2015 EDC update


I can’t believe that it’s been almost 2 years since I posted my EDC setup. Time sure flies when you’re having fun reviewing gadgets! I recently decided that it’s time to downsize the gear that I carry with me everyday because my bag has been gaining weight for awhile now and I’m starting to really notice when I sling it over my shoulder in the mornings. There are a lot of items that I rarely if ever use that are just weighing me down. This is going to be a 2 part article. This first part shows the state of my EDC as it currently stands and in the next week or so I will post another article with my updates.

Since my EDC post back in the Spring of 2013, I’ve dropped a few things and added a few things. Here is my current collection of stuff.



Details in images above top to bottom, left to right.

Gear bag

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Total weight of everything including the bag is 7 lb 6.6 oz. As Larry G told me, it’s like I’m carrying around a newborn! He’s right! 😉



  • Keyport Slide 2.0 – Love this and can’t imagine going back to a traditional keychain. The Keyport has 2 house keys, a USB flash drive, pen, flashlight and a bottle opener.
  • MINI Cooper car key fob attached to the Keyport so that I can easily hand over just the key fob to mechanics.

 Pocket gear

  • Virgin Healthmiles pedometer – I carry it on my belt loop every day. At my day job (Cummins), we earn points for steps and can redeem them for cash at the end of the year
  • LG G3 Android smartphone

EDC update plans

That’s the “before” picture and gear list. I’ll be posting the “after” article once I’m finished with my updates. My plan is to do an audit of everything I actually use and ditch the items I don’t use. I also want to replace items for gear that can serve a multipurpose. That will hopefully not only help make the collection smaller, but also not as heavy. Items I know I would like to replace:

Gerber multitool / Kum Pencut scissors – replace with one small multitool that includes pliers, scissors, flat and Philips screwdriver. If it includes an easy to access knife I would also drop the Spyderco Ladybug pocket knife.

Various pens, pencils and styluses – I know I’ll still keep the Uniball Jetstream pen. But I’d like to replace all the others with one multifunction pencil that also has a stylus.

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11 comments… add one
  • Philippe Radley January 29, 2015, 4:12 pm

    I think you should get a smaller shoulder bag. When I carry a bag I have a tendency to fill it up, so I switched from a Timbuktu to a smaller leather bag big enough to carry some writing materials, an ipad, and some documents. My bag full weighs a little under 3 lbs, 7+ lbs is a lot to lug.

    • Julie Strietelmeier January 29, 2015, 4:20 pm

      @Philippe I can see what you mean, but I like the extra room. Sometimes I stuff a sweater in the bag, my lunch containers and mail.

  • Dave Hauser January 30, 2015, 7:00 am

    Heh Julie, hows the PCS holding up?

  • Dave Hauser January 30, 2015, 4:20 pm

    Cool. Everytime I ship something off it’s like losing one of my children. It’s good to check in with them from time to time.

  • Dave Hauser February 1, 2015, 5:45 am

    Julie, check out the Gerber Dime to replace your current Gerber multi-tool and the Spyderco knife. Very small but has all you need (unless of course you just have to have a bigger blade). I carry mine daily in my PCS. Dave

    • Julie Strietelmeier February 1, 2015, 10:04 am

      @Dave I have a multitool replacement coming today that will be lighter weight and smaller. It should allow me to ditch my Gerber, standalone scissors and Spyderco pocket knife. At least that’s the plan.

  • Dave Hauser February 1, 2015, 10:26 am

    Cool! What did you get? Although the Gerber Dime is smaller than I normally like to carry it has not failed me yet. I still pocket clip carry my SOG mini-xray Vision for the heavier stuff.

  • Steve Russell February 5, 2015, 7:10 am

    I think you might have meant PenCut scissors at the end.

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