As you get older, seems you need to carry around more and more stuff – glasses, tissues… I don’t like shoving everything into my pockets so I got an Outdoor Gear bag a couple of years ago and find it’s pretty useful for carrying around stuff I might need. It’s light and not too bulky and I can just grab it on my way out of the house without having to hunt around and probably forget something.
So what’s in my bag? Well here’s a list of the things I find useful to take with me:
Canon digital camera – I hated having to remember to take my camera and now I know I’ll always have it. Yes, I know there’s one on my phone but unfortunately it broke.
Two spare charged AA batteries – always handy for the camera or some gadget.
Glasses – I only need specs for reading, so I carry a pair of cheap (2x) magnifying glasses in my bag. I also carry a thin, credit card sized magnifier in my wallet.
Some Duct tape wound round an old plastic card – surprising how often this comes in handy.
Pen and notepad – although I can also make notes on my phone, it’s always handy to have a pen.
Earbuds – a spare set
Pack of tissues
Fold-up plastic fork – in case I have to eat out!
Coins – always useful to have some emergency spare change, for example, for parking meters and shopping trolleys.
4GB USB drive with my portable apps
Elastoplasts, Band-Aids, Dressings, whatever you call them
Swiss Army penknife, and tweezers in the side pockets.
So if you carry a bag, what do you find useful to have with you? Oh, and if you want more ideas, have a look at Everyday Carry.