I was so excited to find this website and community!
For the past year I've been focusing on leading a minimalist lifestyle and huge part of that was looking at my possessions and ensuring that what I had was worth having. A good starting point was what I carried with me everyday. For years I had a key set up that I never liked. Countless times I've run into situations where this one thing would have made a difference, if I had it. I've rotated four wallets in the past two years because I frequently changed my mind about what was important to carry or nice to have, in case.
As child and clear into adulthood I've always been organized, strived to be as prepared for my day as much as possible, and tried to have awesome gear to support me. I've been living with an everyday carry mentality, I just didn't know it had a name, a following, a philosophy,a way of life...EDC!
Whether it was the lack of money, resources, or knowledge in the past I've never researched every aspect of it to the extent that I have in the past 2 months. My OneNote is teeming with minimalist/EDC pages. My main notebooks consist of 1. Minimalist Lifestyle, 2. Minimalist Wallets, 3. Minimalist Keys, 4. Multi-Tools, 5. Slings and Bags, 6. Pill & Oil Fobs, 7. Pens. I even have a section called "My EDC Build" which is a checklist of all the items (with links) that I have been acquiring.
I love this site! The Carry Smarter articles are amazing. The design of the site is clean and organized. The features and functionality are remarkable. I've already been inspired by people's submissions and gear. I look forward to sharing some of mine in hopes that I can return the favor.