10 small ‘everyday carry’ tools and gadgets I keep on my keychain

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A selection of tools on a keychain.

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I own countless multitools and other gizmos, but I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve needed something and left it at home or in the car because I couldn’t hang a toolbox from my belt.

Yet what I have with me most of the time is my keychain — and, as it turns out, it’s the perfect way to EDC (everyday carry) useful bits and bobs.

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Yes, I use my keychain to carry my keys, but I also add tools and other handy things. In fact, this is the kit I get asked about the most.

People are often surprised by the things I carry around. I guess most people carry their keys on their keychain.

Here’s a tour of what I carry on my keychain. Don’t think you need everything. Remember, the beauty of this approach is that you can customize your EDC to suit your needs.

1. KeySmart Air

KeySmart Air

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The KeySmart Air The root of my keychain. This device serves both as a main key loop and a means of attachment Apple Airtag For my stuff, so I don’t lose my entire keychain.

If I didn’t need the AirTag carry feature, I’d probably go for it KeySmart Mini (Yes, I love Key-Smart Gear). If you are a tile user, KeySmart Max A good option.

2. YubiKey 5C NFC

YubiKey 5C NFC

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Hardware Security Key is a high-tech, high-security alternative to text messages and two-factor authentication (2FA) for logging into websites.

See also: Best Security Keys: Expert Tested

this Security key from Yubico Both USB-C and NFC features make it suitable for most modern devices, from computers to smartphones and tablets.

3. KeySmart MultiTool, 5-in-1

KeySmart MultiTool

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this Small multi tool Fits inside the KeySmart Air.

This includes a box opener, a mini pry bar, a mini ruler, a flathead screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver.

4. KeySmart safe box cutter

KeySmart safe box cutter

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this Easy box cutter It is made from tough polyamide plastic, and is a safe way to open letters and packages.

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However, I use this device differently and find it to be a handy pre tool for opening electronic devices without damaging the plastic shell of the device.

5. KeySmart NanoScissors

KeySmart NanoScissors

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These are Retractable, portable and lightweight scissors which are designed to fit KeySmart accessories. They are perfect for cutting threads and nails, sniping tags, or cutting zip ties.

6. Nite Ize S-Biner SlideLock

Nite Ize S-Biner SlideLock

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This is stainless steel S-biner slidelock It has two gates with sliders that lock securely in place. I find these locks perfect for things that need to be easily removed from the keychain and they are much easier to use than split rings.

7. Lumitop EDC Pico

Lumitop EDC Pico

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this Small rechargeable flashlight It has a runtime of 4.5 hours in low-power mode, is made of tough aircraft-grade aluminum and is water and dust resistant to IP68.

Unlike most miniature flashlights controlled by countless complicated button presses, this device has a twist cap — twist to get a low-power beam, twist more to get a high-power beam.

8. Gear Aid Glowing Keychain

Gear Aid Glowing Keychain

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this Glow-in-the-dark tags Makes identifying keys much easier. The tag is waterproof up to 50 meters, dustproof and weatherproof.

9. KeyUnity Carabiner Clip Multitool

KeyUnity Carabiner Clip Multitool

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this Compact multitool keychain It has seven functions built into the carabiner:

  • Flathead and slotted screwdrivers
  • Seven-size hex wrench
  • Bottle opener
  • Peek into something
  • Scraper
  • Keyloop
  • Measuring ruler

10. SIM Tray Tool

Sim Tray Tool

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I regularly need a SIM tray eject tool, so now I carry one this is in my keychain





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