So what do you take with you in your bag?

Mountain View bag

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.

4 Responses

  1. Nick Says:

    Well when I go hiking and this is depending where I am going and whether its going to take me all day or just a few hours.

    – Waterproof Backpack

    – 9mm Handgun with 2 magazines

    – Plenty of foods that contain plenty of carbs and protein and calories, such as beef sticks.

    – Plenty of water

    – Cell phone

    – Multi-tool, such as a leatherman.

    – A GPS or map of the location your hiking, in case you get lost

    – waterproof lighter

    – My DSLR camera

    – Medical supplies, in case you get hurt

    Thats about all I really bring and this is really depending where I’m going. But I ALWAYS carry weapon to protect my self against wild animals.

  2. Ducky Says:

    My bag is absolutely full of crap…
    In my pockets however, iPhone, Keys, Parker Pen (With Space Pen insert) and a 32gig USB3 drive with all the software I need to do my job (+ more :P)

    Though, with my bag I have a pocket knife (technically illegal to have one on you in Australia without a good reason), string, tape, velcro strips, Panadol (best thing EVER) and the rest is just this mess that I keep pushed down to the bottom of my bag that I will clean out “one day”.


    Also: +1 at Nick for having a Leatherman, they’re easily the best pocket knife you can get, Leatherman Wave + Leatherman Style CS (aka, girls knife)

  3. techandlife Says:

    I was interested to see a fair number of folk on Everyday Carry travelling with guns and knives. A little different here in the UK – hand guns are out and I’ve found even a Swiss army penknife can be a problem. Almost had mine confiscated at a security check going into an Air Show last year. A penknife!

  4. Ducky Says:

    Yeah in Australia if you’re caught with any sort of knife without a legitimate excuse (self defense is not an excuse), you can cop upto a $1000 fine :O

    Also after spending half a day looking at that Every Day Carry site, I’ve bought myself a Tom Anderson Tactical Twist Pen 😛
    There’s my EDC, I keep the knives/torch in my bag as I sometimes use them for work 😀

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