What’s in your gear bag? How do you roll portable?
So everyone has one, some call it a purse, some call it a satchel, just just call it, “My darn bag.”
Either way, you’ve got one. You use your bag on the go. Most of all, you’ve got a bag filled with stuff you think is useful enough that if it all went down, you’d be the one swinging from the trees, able to make fire, and live high off the hog while the rest of us can barely remember how to talk.
To add a layer of transparency to this, I’ve started with my own daily dragger. Here is the list of what I keep in there and why. I can’t wait to hear what everyone else is lugging around, it’s always been a mystery to me.
First off, I’ve got a bag I’ve had for years here from Dana Gleason the former owner/creator of Dana Design bags from Bozeman Montana. Now he’s got a new company Mystery Ranch. It’s the best bag you’ll ever own, (I’ve got a Dana Backpack still as well, they’re bulletproof man!) Plus Dana himself is one heck of a guy, irrepressible and will always stand out in a crowd, (he’s about 6’5″ with a flaming red beard) you can’t miss him! They just make the best bags, period.
Now on to the internal goodies!
Of course, gotta roll with the iPod mini. Why do I bow at the altar of Steve? Well, they make a great simple unit. I’ve had it for a few years now, and, well, the mini and iTunes just work great. When a simpler solution hits, I’ll be there (why am I bothering to mention this?) I’ve got an armband from tunebelt, it works great, and is neoprene so I don’t worry about it at all.
I always keep a tape measure (that little black hexagonal thing) that has metric and standard units on it. You never know when you’ll need (also there’s a straight edge steel ruler there too) I have to measure stuff a lot.
You can see below my standard little folder, and if you look closely there are some time management sheets from my buddy David Seah, he makes the best time management forms on the planet and is a brilliant blogger!
You can see my pretty silver business card holder, and then another stack just snapped together with a clip. You always need to have them around, you never know who you’ll run into.
My wallet is by tokens and coins in Berkeley (I used to work there, shameless plug, it was free years ago). It works.
I keep two USB media fobs with me, they’re so much more wonderful than disks, yeah they’re both 128 Mb, but when do you need to download more than 256Mb anywhere anyway?
I’ve got the swiss key on my key-chain (get one, they’re awesome, just take it off before you fly anywhere). I’ve got a great house key, that when you go get copies made at the hardware store, get the handle that has a little red L.E.D. light on it. It won’t screw up your night vision, but kicks out enough light to find nearly anything in the dark (when
you’ll need it).
Yes, I’m mildly hipsteresque and take notes on a Moleskine with a space pen (special note, that one was from my Aunt who worked at Hughes aircraft, so it was at least directly space related to begin with). It’s easy to make a tape holder for your pen on the end of the Moleskine and I highly recommend it. Sure makes life easier!
For drawing on the go (I told you I was a designer, (it doesn’t mean I’m good at it!)) gotta have the double ended Sharpie, and I found a great pen called the Bic Duo (it’s the blue one) that’s both a blue roller and a yellow highlighter. I’ve got a great editing trick where I circle the items I need to correct in blue, then, when I’ve corrected whatever it was, I highlight over it and it turns black. Then whenever you need to see what you have left to fix, just look for blue!
You can see the glasses case for my Smith Toasters (don’t know if they’re still making them) but they’ve got dark grey, amber, and orange/persimmon lenses. Awesome for all sorts of driving and biking, just pop in the lenses you need.
The packet you see if a little energy mix, my buddy Jukka does, it’s the last sample I have. It rocks, he’s a good example for it, a freakishly in shape triathlete!
Finally, I’ve got my bluetooth ready LG phone, plantronics headset, and Palm Zire 72. I’ve had Palm Pilots for over 10 years now (yeah I started with the Pilot Professional and 1Mb of memory!). I don’t know what I’ll do for an electronic organizer next (hopefully it’ll be part of my phone (will it have a fruit logo on it? Who knows?))
Now it’s time for you to let us know what gets you from place to place!