Yes, your wallet needs to hold your cash, ID, and credit cards, but with a bit of creativity, a good EDC wallet can carry many other items for survival as well that the other bags can’t or shouldn’t. These items that you keep on your person at all times make up your EDC kit. Consider items from this EDC megalist for your EDC kit. The goal of an EDC kit is that if you are stranded, with nothing but the clothes on your back, you’ll be able to signal for help or get to safety using the essential EDC items you carry in your wallet or pockets or elsewhere on your person.
Characteristics of a Good EDC Wallet
Choosing a wallet is a very individual and personal selection process but there are some characteristics that most preppers look for when choosing the best EDC wallet. Preppers are understandably concerned with ease of pocket carry, quality, efficient storage space, and accessibility of items in their wallet. Women may face additional challenges finding a pocket carry wallet since women’s pockets are often smaller than pockets in men’s clothing.
Ease of Carry
A wallet is typically carried in a front or back pants pocket or in some cases a front shirt pocket. For this reason, most people look for a wallet that is designed to be slim and not too bulky once you’ve filled it with your essential items. Weight and size of the wallet can be crucial. A wallet carried in the back pocket that is too thick can cause sciatica and lead to chronic pain. A wallet that is too large to fit easily and securely in a pants or shirt pocket can become a frustrating daily struggle to pull in and out. Wallets that protrude from your pocket can be more vulnerable to theft too.
The second thing most preppers look for is a wallet that is sturdy and well-made. A good quality wallet means that you won’t have to be searching for a new wallet in a couple years and it can even mean that you will have a well-loved heirloom for the next generation. Traditional preppers may prefer a wallet made of genuine leather or other natural material with solid stitching. New generation or modern preppers may see the value in having a hard sided wallet made of tough polycarbonate or other material and sturdy clasps or hinges.
Efficient Storage Space
One of the crucial things about a good EDC wallet is its capability for efficient storage of your most needed items. Some preppers prefer a minimalist wallet, that holds cash and credit cards, maybe an ID. They keep the other components of their EDC kit on their keychain or in a pants or shirt pocket. Some preppers prefer a wallet with lots of extra space to hold additional EDC items such as a SAK, pen, mini-flashlight, and some basic first aid or fire starting tools.
Getting things that you need in and out of your wallet is something you do frequently on any given day. Most people prefer a wallet that provides easy access to items inside. Credit cards that can be taken out and put back quickly and a secure place for currency are two must haves for most people.
It’s also great to have a clear window for your driver’s license or other identification so you don’t have to take it in and out all the time. Although keeping everything secure in your wallet is important, many preppers don’t like the loud noise that accompanies most Velcro closures on tactical wallets as it draws attention from others nearby.
For those who reside in an urban area, there are literally hundreds of wallets to choose from on the market today. We’ve listed several of those that are more popular with urban preppers below. In an urban area, help in some form is never too far away so your wallet may not need to hold as much. If you intend to carry just your credit cards in your wallet and simply carry a few other EDC items on your keychain or in your pockets, you can also consider one of the many, many “minimalist” wallets that are on the market.
- Available in black, khaki, green, or foliage green
- Water resistant triple layer of polyurethane
- Water repellant fabric
- Rugged and top quality YKK complete zippers
- Webbing, straps, and attach points made of nylon, military grade
- ID window pocket and additional currency or slip card pocket
- Will hold some ultra-thin cell phones
- Available in various colors including black, white, and trooper green
- Made of polycarbonate and aircraft grade aluminum alloy
- RFID blocking design
- Locks automatically when closed
- Pops open at the push of a button
- Four slots to hold 8 cards; pop out with thumb
- Sort and count bills while in slots!
- Detachable external clip system to hold extra items
- Made in America
- Priced just under $40
- Includes loop to hold your favorite EDC pen
- Slots for credit cards and currency
- Pocket for phone or checkbook
- Snap shut loop can hold favorite mini flashlight or SAK
- Space for small notebook for field notes
- Made from 100% cowhide
- Designed and crafted in America
- Comes in small and medium sizes
- Choice of color includes Bomber, Charcoal, or Toffee
- Zippered closure
- Priced at $175
Those preppers who live in a more rural area may have different EDC needs than those who live in the city. Living in a more rural area may mean that you work outdoors more frequently and are doing more physical work, getting on/off farm equipment, fixing fences, tending to livestock, or even riding horses on a daily basis. You may be further from home and from some type of help and may be in a more isolated area when something goes wrong. Therefore, it’s important for your wallet to carry a wider array of EDC items for signaling, fire starting, etc.
- 100% imported Leather
- Six credit card slots
- Four storage pockets
- Micro-mesh screen window
- Just under 4 inches wide and 5-inches tall
- Priced at $65
- Will hold larger notes and almost hold a passport
- Double fold over design
- Full size currency area
- Clear window pocket for ID
- 4 slots for credit cards
- 2 hidden pockets
- Rubber coated lined pockets prevent card slippage
- Top grain leather outside and nylon microfiber inside
- 50% slimmer than traditional leather wallets
- Smaller size sits deeper in back pocket to prevent falling out
- Sturdy stitching to last for years
- Priced at $26
- Curved edge for comfortable front pocket carry
- Made of genuine Bison leather and cow hide
- RFID blocking
- 3 card slots
- Clear ID window pocket
- 1 currency or stash pocket
- Priced just under $40
- Available in black, foliage green, OD green, or Khaki
- Velcro closure
- Bi-fold wallet
- Coin pocket on back side of wallet for easy access
- Large zipper pull for coin pouch can be bulky but is easy to remove
- Velcro is loud.
- 3 elastic pouches inside
- Front and rear cash slots
- Better load distribution than a tri-fold wallet
- 3 deep credit card slots and 2 miscellaneous slots
- Priced around $25
- Coyote Brown, Black, or Camo
- Tactical wallet
- Large cash section
- Long pocket can hold passport
- Zippered pocket
- Double stitched seams
- Mesh zippered pocket
- 8 card slots potential for more than 1 in each slot
- Shark bite closure mechanism won’t pop open
- Pocket carry or neck carry using built-in grommets
- Outside clear window pocket quick view of badge, ID, etc.
- Priced under $35
- Available in a T.H.E Wallet J.R. version that is smaller for under $30
- Double fold over with full-sized billfold section
- ID pocket with clear window
- 4 credit card pockets
- 2 hidden pockets
- Rubber coated lined pockets prevent card slippage
- Thin light durable microfiber, nylon, machine washable,
- Available in blue, brown, or black
- Only drawback—remove logo on right corner
- Priced at $21.50
- Made of saddle leather, hand cut and hand dyed
- Burnished leather edges
- Weighs five ounces
- 3 card slots plus inner pocket which holds 3 cards
- American made
- Available via Craft & Lore website
- Priced around $50.00
We cannot possibly talk about EDC Wallets without mentioning the brand new Jackfish Survival Credit Card holder. It’s available to order through the website for just over $100 U.S. Available in either black Aluminum or Grey Titanium, the Jackfish credit card holder will be the perfect complement to any EDC wallet. It’s just under 9mm thick and comes packed with handy tools and gadgets to make your daily life easier and help you survive in the outdoors.
- Pen (ships with 3 refills)
- Micro screwdriver and hex bits
- 4 credit cards
- Sypderco Stainless Steel Bug Knife
- Signal whistle
- Fire steel
- Windproof match (ships with 3 spares)
- Button Compass
- SD micro card reader for copies of documents
- Glass Vial (ships empty but can carry 10 drops of Iodine for water purification)
There are many different “wallet accessories” out there that you can use if you choose in order to expand the efficient storage capacity of the wallet you choose. Some people choose to add a plastic sleeve to hold additional cards, others may add an insert to carry their phone or checkbook. If you plan to use a wallet accessory to expand the storage capability of your wallet, make sure you pay attention to dimensions and try it out to make sure it works the way you think it will.
For the most part, choosing a wallet is a very personal preference. Finding the best EDC wallet for you will mean considering how you will use the wallet, what items will make up your personal EDC kit, and your personal choice for ease of access, pocket carry, storage, and quality.
The final thing to consider when searching for the perfect EDC wallet for you will be the cost. Most preppers are willing to pay more for a high quality wallet because they know that it will last them for many years. Before buying a lower priced wallet, make sure that you research reviews from users and inspect the stitching and closure mechanisms to ensure they will hold up to daily wear and tear. If you take all these things into consideration, you should end up with an EDC wallet that will be right for you.