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Gear aficionados love tactical stuff—and why wouldn't they? It's as utilitarian as it gets. Whether it's the best tactical backpacks on the market, the coolest tactical vests, or even tactical tomahawks, a good tactical item will always find a way to be useful.
That being said, most of the time, you won't have an emergency or a need to bring tactical gear into everything. That doesn't mean you have to forgo your tactical goodness. These everyday tactical essentials are easy to carry and subtle enough to avoid raising eyebrows.
Recon 1 Knife Tanto Point by Cold Steel
To start off our list of everyday tactical essentials, we're going to start with an EDC knife. This petite knife is sharp, small enough to fit in a pocket, and is made of high quality, steel alloy with a specialized coating.
Flipping this knife open is a cinch. All you have to do is flick your wrist while pushing the knob until it clicks. It's a pocketknife for everyday use—no matter what you need it for.
Double Duty Tactical Pen by 5.11
Everyone, no matter who you are, will need a pen from time to time. 5.11's Double Duty Tactical Pen is as low-key as possible, even among the subtlest of everyday tactical essentials.
This pen literally doubles its duty as both a writing utensil and an emergency window breaker. If you think about it, it also could work as a last-ditch self-defense tool, too.
Beefy Pocket Organizer by Maxpedition Gear
Maxpedition makes some pretty mean, lean everyday tactical essentials. If you're the type who has to carry a lot of goods in your pockets, then you're going to love their Beefy Pocket Organizer.
This organizer is only slightly larger than a wallet, and fits well as part of a toolbelt. Though it is a bit big, it's incredibly useful when it comes to carrying around small tools, documents, and cards in a pinch.
T01 Tactical Wallet by Dango
Heads up! Tactical wallets are a thing, and yes, they rank as pretty epic everyday tactical essentials. This small card-like device works like regular wallet, but also has a nice array of tools that can help in almost any situation.
A serrated edge, bottle opener, nail pryer, and ruler are all included—among many others. As far as security goes, you won't have to worry too much about this. The T01 also has built-in RFID blocking, too.
Impromptu Tactical Pen by Gerber
Not to be confused with the baby food company, Gerber is a corporation that excels in making world-class everyday tactical essentials that are military-approved and civilian-appreciated. Their tactical pen, for example, is one that you would have to be crazy not to want.
It's exceptionally durable, can work as a glass breaker, a self-defense tool... and also a great writing tool. If you love affordable tactical gear that can be carried everywhere, you'll adore the Impromptu Pen.
Combat B21 GMT Watch by Lum-Tec
If you're more of a lover than a fighter, but still love having everyday tactical essentials, why not try a military-grade watch? The Combat B21 GMT watch, for example, has a beautiful face, Swiss-made parts, and features dual-time display reading.
Everything in this watch is built to last, making it a great watch to take with you on your next camping trip.
Navy SEAL Aluminum Wallet by Ridge Wallet
If you're a really big fan of everyday tactical essentials that show how epic the US Armed Forces can be, then you're going to love this special, limited edition wallet line from Ridge Wallet.
Ridge Wallet and Huckberry have teamed up together to create a state-of-the-art aluminum bi-fold wallet that is designed to clip your money together, store credit cards, and also blocks RFID sniffers.
More importantly, though, this is a tactical gift that keeps on giving. Every purchase will help send care packages to Navy SEALs who are serving abroad.
Utility Money Clip Multitool by 5.11
EDC items, also known as everyday carry items, can take a wide variety of different appearances. If you're a maximalist, you'd love the Beefy Organizer from Maxpedition. If you're a minimalist, though, the 5.11 Utility Money Clip Multitool is what you want.
This small, lightweight money clip does a ton without taking a ton of space. This stainless steel clip has a bottle opener, a flat head screwdriver, a wire stripper, and a ruler included in its design. Utilitarian? Oh my, yes!
Stylus Pro USB Rechargeable Pen Light with 120V AC Adapter and Holster by Streamlight
A flashlight is always a welcome addition to any toolkit, and the Stylus Pro definitely shows its worth as far as utility goes. That's what makes this petite flashlight one of the best everyday tactical essentials to keep in your pocket.
The Streamlight comes with a 120 volt adapter, can be recharged via USB, and also comes with a clip for easy pocketing. We strongly suggest this for the mechanic in your life.
Wallet Ninja by Wallet Ninja
If you're looking for simple everyday tactical essentials that won't cramp your style but will help in a sudden emergency, look no further than this amazing dohickey from Wallet Ninja. This rescue tool is about the size of a credit card and has 18 different tools in it.
This tool has multiple wrench sockets, a flathead screwdriver, a bottle opener, a can opener, as well as a rule and way, way more. Best of all, this rustproof tool fits right in your wallet and is about the same thickness as a credit card.