I’ve never been one to carry a purse, but nevertheless, I fill my pockets every day with essentials that I need to get me through the day. There are basic things that I carry every day no matter what and then there are a few items I might add depending on the situation I’m going into.
My basics include a pocket knife, a flashlight, lip balm, a pill container and my wallet. I might add a handkerchief and/or a pen.
Let’s look at these items and why I carry them:
My pocket knife is a Buck 290 Rush in blue aluminum.
I noticed that the new models of this knife don’t have the serrated section near the handle like mine does. Personally, I find this feature very handy for cutting through thick rope or cardboard and wouldn’t own one without it. This knife has an ASAP opener that flips the blade open very quickly and locks it into place. I think of it as both a tool and a self defense weapon. My knife has come in handy more times than I can remember for a multitude of tasks. It has opened Christmas and birthday presents, boxes, cut rope, apples, steaks, fixed watch bands, made holes in belts, sliced cheese, opened many a package and is always in high demand wherever I go.
I carry the Nebo CSI Edge 50. It’s small, very bright at 50 lumens and is a tactical light for self defense. The rounded edges on the lamp end are very sharp and can be used to collect skin/dna (and cause considerable pain) in case of an attack.
Again, this little flashlight comes in handy almost every day. If I drop something in a dark area it’s there to find the lost object. Can’t read something, the light helps a lot. Getting my mail in the dark. Keeping an eye on the dog in the dark. This is both a tool and a weapon under the right circumstances. It will blind someone momentarily if I point it at them and I already mentioned the sharp edges around the light head. Also for under $10 it’s a great little light.
Carmex Lip Balm.
I’m addicted to this stuff and always have one in my pocket. Haven’t had chapped lips since I was a kid.
I used to keep this on my keys but I’ve simplified my key ring and now carry it in my pocket. I keep ibuprofen, anxiety meds, benadryl, immodium, whatever I might need in it. The benadryl comes in handy when I eat out with my brother who has weird allergies and people are always asking me if I have something for a headache. Yep, I do.
Speaking of keys, here is my cool and flexible key system I’ve been using for several years now.
The Nite Ize S-Biner Key Rack is an awesome system for your keys. The little S-biners can be color coded and easily snap off so you can give a key to the shop or put it on a different ring, exchange keys around if you have multiple cars in your household, etc. Very flexible. And the big hook at the top easily clips onto a belt loop or a case strap for easy stowage. I’ve gotten down to just carrying three keys around these days (car, home and work) but with multiple cars at our house I can easily switch the car keys out depending on what I’m driving that day. I opt not to put this in my pocket most days because of the bulk, but it has been known to end up there on occasion.
My wallet is nothing special. Just a bi fold leather wallet, either black or brown. I wear them out usually within a year or two so I just buy another $20 wallet when I need one. So far I haven’t found a favorite wallet, but I am on the lookout for one.
I rarely carry a handkerchief, but when I do it’s a white cotton one. I bought a pack of 10 at Men’s Warehouse a while back and they will probably last me a lifetime. When I wear a suit I always put one in my pocket. I keep one in my briefcase just in case I can’t find a kleenex and need something. I really should carry one daily because they could come in handy for a lot more than blowing my nose, but I’m just not in the habit of it yet.
My pen of choice to carry on my person is the Zebra 701.
It’s very sturdy because it’s made of steel, writes well, and once again, can be used for self defense and also to break a car window in a pinch. It’s not quite as good in the window breaking department as a tactical pen like this one:
but it’s a lot cheaper, lighter and won’t get confiscated by TSA at the airport. Speaking of airports, I never carry my knife or flashlight through security because they WILL take them away from me. Usually I leave them home, but if I want to have them with me I will pack them in my checked luggage.
The last thing I want to mention is my watch. I have a pretty serious watch fetish so I own quite a few different ones. Up until recently, I’ve not spent much money on watches, usually opting for a Timex instead of a more expensive brand. I’m moving away from the cheaper watches though, because they are made of brass and once the plating wears off of them the bare brass tends to give me an itchy rash and I can no longer wear the watch. Before my wedding I wanted to get a nice dress watch to wear with my tuxedo. Being small in stature and bone structure I needed a watch that didn’t have a huge face. This is fairly hard to find these days as the trend is towards super huge watches. Those just look stupid on my wrist and are uncomfortable. Seiko makes quite a few watches for men with smaller bezels and they’re actually quite affordable compared to other brands, especially if you purchase through Amazon. I ended up buying two watches.
I got this one for my wedding and to wear for nicer occasions:
And this one for every day wear:
I also have a Timex that I change bands around on for really casual fun wear:
These are my main watches that I wear and I really like all of them a lot. The Seiko Diver watch is probably the manliest thing I own. It’s heavy and a little too bulky but I love it and I love the way it looks on my wrist. It makes me feel very masculine when I wear it.
As you can tell, I try to get more than one usage out of most of the things I carry around with me on a daily basis. Multi functionality and portability are important to me. I like things with clips so stuff isn’t rattling around and pooling at the bottom of my pockets, creating uncomfortable and ugly bulges. My knife and flashlight both clip onto my pants pocket. When I carry the pen, it clips on as well or goes in my shirt or jacket pocket. I clip my keys to either my belt loop or my briefcase. I don’t carry change around in my pockets often and usually dump it somewhere as soon as I can. I don’t like a lot of stuff in my pockets and hate making noise when I walk.
I read something the other day that asked “if you were a car what kind of car would you be?” My first thought was that I’d be a classic muscle car (in my dreams of course), but after thinking about it more realistically, I realized I would probably be exactly the vehicle that I currently drive: a Toyota 4Runner. It’s dressy enough to take out on the town but capable of getting you out of any predicament you might find yourself in. I like to be handy and prepared for anything. My everyday carry items come in handy every day and often help others as well. This is how I like to live my life. Ready for any adventure that comes my way and prepared for the unexpected.