In light of the re-release of my favorite bag, I thought I’d post an update about what I’m carrying in it.
In my last post, I mentioned that “there’s ample room in the Gear Pouch for more” than what I had already put in it. So, I added a few things:
- Anker Astro Mini external battery (that black, tube-shaped thing)
- Short micro USB and Lightning cables
- A black Fisher Space Pen
- Tumi coin pouch with a handful of miscellaneous change and $10 cash
- Tiny corkscrew
Also, I’ve swapped a few things.
My uni-ball Jetstream RT was replaced with a RULE/ONE loaded with a Jetstream refill. The USB drive and NomadKey on the lucky line were replaced with a pair of tweezers and a very tiny knife, which is great for opening Amazon boxes.
The Anker battery has been surprisingly useful. When I’m at a coffee shop and their Wi-Fi sucks, I use the battery to provide extra juice while I tether. Tethering is a serious battery drain. With the Anker, that’s not a problem.
The micro USB and Lightning cables are from a set sold by Incase. The lightning cable goes great with the Anker, and the micro USB is for charging our JamBox on the go.
The Space Pen comes in handy when the RULE/ONE seems too fiddly and I want to jot something quickly.
I tend not to carry cash at all, but sometimes you need it (parking lots in downtown Portland are largely cash-based, and there’s at least one toll bridge in the area that we cross on occasion).
The portable corkscrew is for, well…have you ever found yourself in need of a corkscrew when you didn’t have one? Total pain in the ass.1
I’ve also switched my daily carry bag from a tiny Timbuk2 to a Chrome Mini Buran. It holds just a bit more than the Timbuk2 (including my laptop). It’s also waterproof thanks to the 1000D nylon exterior and plastic-lined interior, which is great when you live in a rainy climate, and your daily commute involves walking to a nearby coffee shop.2
- Here’s the truth: When visiting my wife’s grandparents for Christmas one year, we snuck in a bottle of wine to drink in our room. We didn’t have a corkscrew. Couldn’t open it, and we eventually ended up with bits of cork in our verboten wine. Haven’t made that mistake since. This item’s more sentimental than useful. ↩
- Chrome’s bags are lined with “military grade 18 oz. truck tarpaulin liner.” Ever seen an 18-wheeler with a trailer that looks like it’s wearing a skin-tight tarp? Yeah, that stuff. ↩