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I'm trying to find a term for items that are commonly carried every day such as phone, wallet and keys.

"Everyday Items" doesn't quite seem to carry to connotation I'm looking for as it makes me think of a broader range of items that would also include dish soap, towels, forks, ect.

"Personal effects" is fairly accurate, however, it feels a bit archaic for the context I'm trying to use it.

Preferably this would be a single word or two-word term.

Any suggestions?

  • Pocket fodder is seen occasionally. google.com/…: – Phil Sweet Jul 21 at 19:56
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    People who take their preparedness seriously go with ‘everyday carry’ or ECD. reddit.com/r/everydaycarry/… – Spagirl Jul 21 at 21:22
  • "Personal effects" is fairly accurate and not archaic, IMHO. – lbf Jul 21 at 22:44
  • "Persoanl possessions" is an alternative to "personal effects". This is often the term heard in TV drama "The victim had a book amongst his personal possessions" – Peter Jennings Jul 22 at 0:24
  • I'd just go with "everyday items"—that will be most clearly and readily understood. – Robusto Jul 22 at 1:07
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There is a community of people who use the term everyday carry or "EDC" to describe this very idea.

  • I first encountered this with respect to knives, but it’s much broader than that. See en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everyday_carry. Why not include this in the answer? – Xanne Jul 22 at 4:26
  • This point has already been made by @Spagirl in the comments. – jsw29 Jul 22 at 15:34
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A french term: "accoutrement" would be exactly what you describe.

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paraphernalia

all the objects needed for or connected with a particular activity. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/paraphernalia

  • I can't help but look at this and think....drugs. – Cascabel Jul 25 at 20:50

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