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 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. ↩