I was super excited when Caitlin announced she wanted to do an EDC series because I LOVE nosing through other people's bags and pencils cases (was anyone else an addict of Flickr's "What's In Your Bag?" group?). But when I started thinking about what I carry around every day, I realized that it changes a lot. When I'm heading to the library or coffee shop for a good writing session, it can be a lot. When I'm going out for a day of errands, it's usually just my wallet, phone, and earbuds. So I thought I'd break it down into three categories for you instead: Pencil Case, Paper, and Letter Writing. (PS The products that I could still find on the internet is linked at the bottom of the post)
But of course, on the average day I have my pencil case with me. I really wish I were one of those people who carried around a single pencil, and maybe a backup Bic Cristal just in case, and called it a day. But obviously I'm not, so here's the contents of my CWPE Viking case. I'm working through a MoMA pencil right now, with a Sivo as a backup, because I'm on a strict one-pencil-at-a-time diet until I burn through some of the million pencil's I've accumulated. I keep a couple of Pentel markers and a colorful Pilot Juice in there, in case I want to address an envelope or color code something in my planner. The Caran d'Dache ballpoint and Kaweco Sport (currently inked with Diamine Green) are reliable pen options. That ZIG glue is the coolest glue: it goes on blue and dries clear AND if you stick it while it's blue, the adhesive is permanent; if you stick it after it dries, it's removable! I need to keep a ruler on me because I underline when I read and can't draw a straight line to save my life. And the Castor is my current favorite hand-held sharpener, which is why I'm toting it along even though I already have a brass sharpener attached to my pencil case.
When it comes to notebooks, I rarely have all four of these on me at once. In reality, the pocket notebook is the only one that comes with me everywhere (right now it's a Write Notepads "In the Pines" special edition, but I go through pocket notebooks pretty quickly and am always trying different ones). I dump everything in it: grocery lists, a song title I want to remember, etc. The blue Traveler's Notebook contains my weekly calendar and comes to the pencil shop with me every day. Usually tucked into some pocket of the Traveler's Notebook is the little yellow guy from Maruai. I keep addresses in there, in no particular order. It's frightfully unorganized, but I never end up spending too much time looking for an address, and the slimness means I can take it everywhere with me. The Emilio Braga is where I work on my fiction writing.
I don't carry this stuff around with me every day, but these are my letter writing essentials, which get a good bit of exercise. The Penco three-pocket folder on the left is super handy for keeping up with correspondence. In the first pocket, I keep mail to which I need to reply; in the second, I keep the stationery I plan to use to reply (plus some backup postcards and writing paper); in the third I keep sheets of stamps. The Delfonics pouch on the right keeps all my stickers together, and a few loose vintage stamps. Between these two (and a fistful of fun markers, which would take up an entire blog post on their own), I'm all set to answer letters from you guys, send postcards while on vacation, or take over a table at a coffee shop.
Pencil Case: CWPE Viking Leather Case | M+R Brass Bullet Keyring Sharpener | Mono Black Plastic Eraser | M+R Long Point Castor Sharpener | MoMA Pencil | Kaweco Skyline Sport Mint | Helix Plastic Ruler | Pentel S360 Color Pens in 132 and 106 | Caran d'Ache Ballpoint Pen | ZIG Two Way Glue Pen | Pilot Juice 0.5 in Leaf Green | e+m Pencil Extender | Sivo Absolute H
Paper: Emilio Braga | Traveler's Factory Blue Edition Notebook | Write Notepad "In the Pines" Edition | Maruai The Basic Notebook Pocket
Letting Writing: Penco three pocket folder | Delfonics Fournitures de Bureau pouch