When it comes to traveling internationally on an airplane there are a lot of things to consider when planning your Everyday Carry load out. We are going to cover two sections: EDC For Carry On, and EDC for Checked Bags.
Our advice below is based off of extensive international travel experience however please remember security restrictions along with local laws in your destination are going to be major factors in choosing the load out for your trip abroad. Always do your due diligence to research things like allowed knife types, blade lengths, and concealed carry laws.
Carry on EDC for International Travel:
The EDC gear that you carry on needs to be small, light, discrete, and be able to pass through security both in the US and abroad. Also you will not want to be traveling with your most expensive gear as pocket/bag theft is common in other countries.
Watch: I always like to fly with a regular watch, unlike electronic devices it won't need to be turned off during parts of the flight and chances of it running out of battery are extremely low.
TIP: When traveling internationally with layovers in multiple locations in different time zones write down the time changes before your trip and set your watch when you land in each location so you won't miss your flight. Flight times are always listed in local time!
Light: This can be used to distract or temporarily blind an attacker, my light of choice for everyday carry is the OLight S1 Baton. It is small, super bright, and doesn't break the bank. Also since you are traveling abroad remember that other countries do not have the infrastructure that the US does and you may find yourself in the dark at your fancy hotel. Carrying a light is always a great idea.
EDC Pocket Trauma Kit: At least TSA allows you to carry the tools to save a life on board an aircraft. Our Pocket Trauma Kit will get you through security with no issues. It is especially important to carry a medical kit when traveling. Not all countries have great emergency services like the US and response times can be hours! You are the first responder no matter where you are in the world.
RFID Blocking Wallet: In the states and overseas credit card and identity theft have become major issues. With sophisticated criminals using electronic scanners to steal your information it has now become important to use an RFID blocking wallet. If you are concerned about someone scanning your credit card and maxing it out while you explore the streets of Rome I would look into an RFID blocking wallet. This is a purchase I plan to make before my next trip abroad, I have heard only good things about HellBent Holsters RFID Blocking Wallet.
Lighter: Airlines allow you to carry on a standard lighter like a plastic Bic. I always have one handy in my carry on bag.
Don't Forget the reading material for the long international flight! Currently reading 100 Deadly Skills.
Checked On EDC for International Travel:
The one item that you will want to EDC but must check on is a knife. I recommend that you research the knife laws in the country you will be arriving to! This will obviously be a huge factor when deciding which knife to bring along. Even if a country allows you to carry a 6" blade concealed, consider how it is going to look to security checking your bag as well as how law enforcement may perceive it in a foreign country if you have the bad luck of needing to use it or being patted down. The goal here is to bring a knife that is legal, small yet capable, and in-expensive in case it is stolen by bag check security personnel.
So there you have it, these are the essentials for EDC'ing internationally. While it is not much different than your EDC load out in the states, some changes are necessary due to airline security and local country laws.
Keep exploring and no matter where you find yourself, Live The Creed.