Several websites I like (such as Lifehacker and Cool Tools) have regular features, where they feature the contents of the bags of people who do unusual things for a living. I thought it would be fun to share the contents, and the thoughts behind the contents, of my pockets and everyday bag with you.
The important thing for me is the routine – it is an ADHD coping strategy of mine. If I know what I am going to wear, know what I am going to carry, know where I am going to go and how to get there, it means one less choice I have to make, one less thing I have to remember to do. Which is a good thing.
The problem is, I like variety, but need routine. So, I solved it in this instance by regularly changing bags, but keeping the contents the same. (Sneaky, huh?) I have all my loose stuff (detailed below) in a zipper bag, which I then move from bag to bag, confident that everything I need is in it. Most days, all my bag has in it is my laptop, charger and the zipper bag, which contains everything else.
In my pockets and on my person, everyday:
Fisher space pen – perfect for slipping in your pocket and forgetting about it. I have had several over the years – this one is blue, and I bought it in an office supply store in NYC a few years back to replace the one I lost. Not great for writing for long periods, but you never have to ask for a pen again. It also writes upside down, on slick paper and in pretty much any other circumstance you can think of.
Leather money clip/ card case. – No bulging wallet for me.
Swiss Army knife – Tinker model. – I have carried one of these since I was a kid, watching MacGyver save the world each week with one of these and some duct tape. The good thing about the Tinker model is the Philips drive screwdriver instead of the useless corkscrew. Besides, most of the wine I drink these days comes with screw-off tops. Or in boxes. Pretty much on me unless I am flying or going to court.
Timex Expedition Trail Series – I love wristwatches, and Timex, as the commercials used to say, take a licking and keep on ticking. I thought the band was fugly, though, so I swapped it for this grey and black striped NATO band. No school like the old school.
Keys. Unremarkable, except I devised a hook out of an old fork that hangs on the edge of my pocket, thus keeping my keys from slipping down to the bottom of my pocket.
In my bag:
Today, my bag was a Mobile Edge Eco-Friendly messenger bag – I don’t love it, but it is quite functional. I do wish it were 10% smaller.
Here is what is in it:
Zipper bag – The zipper bag (black in the picture above) is the key to the whole system – it all goes in here, and then it goes in the bag itself. Pretty sure I bought this at Wal-Mart for about a dollar.
Mini USB mini-cable – Just three inches long (that’s what she said), but perfect for charging your devices or moving data. I have six foot long cables at my desk, home and in the car for routine charging, but this is great for making sure I always have one with me. And essential to use with…
Powergen 5200mAh external battery – great for charging your phone or tablet in an emergency. It has its own built-in flashlight and charges just like a cellphone.
Safety scissors. TSA approved for air travel, and amazing how often you need a pair of scissors.
Kingston DTSE9 8GB flash stick. – I think it is beautiful; the minimalist design appeals to me. Sadly, I keep leaving it in things, so I had to tie a piece of string to it. With so much cloud storage, it isn’t strictly necessary any more, but I am pretty old school. Plus, it’s pretty.
Alpatronix headphones with built-in mic. – I love so much about these. The inner-ear shape that stays put. The mic that just works. The flat cable, so no tangles. The right-angled plug, so it doesn’t snag on things. For less than $20, it is a no-brainer.
Lenovo X240 12.5 inch laptop. – Super portable, with built-in airbags (!) and hard drive protection. I am still running Windows 7, and hoping I can one day skip Windows 8 altogether. Because it isn’t cheap, I keep a cable lock and neoprene sleeve close by.
Carmex lip balm.
Simple leather notebook, with Mead refills. – great for notes on the fly, or tearing off paper with your contact info on it to give to people. Because, of course, I left my cards at home.
Advil travel bottle, filled with Advil, Excedrin Migraine and Claritin. Because I am me, and am allergic to air.
Postcards – I buy postcards whenever It ravel, wander through bookstores or hit gift shops. I send them to folks when I have dead time or am stuck in airports, meaning you might get a postcard advertising Costa Rica, but mailed from the Wichita airport. Shrug – life is complicated.
Pilot G2 pens. – The best writing pen for under $20, in my opinion. I always have one or more in my bag. (I forgot to put it in the picture. Because ADHD. And squirrels.)
Spork. Great for when lunch consists of something you grabbed at a convenience store or in the airport. I think I got this one at a camping store for a few bucks, but you could always raid the utensil rack at Taco Bell.
There you go. What do you carry with you every day?