Things I Carry Around Every Day
A few days ago Ryan Holiday posted the essay Here’s Some Stuff Worth Carrying With You Everywhere with an accompanying video on his blog.
Ever since I read the article Meet the men obsessed with carrying all the right stuff on Vox, I had the plan to write a similar article, but never had the time to do it.
But due to Coronavirus, there isn’t much else to do, I finally shot a photo of my Everyday Carries.
In my left pocket, I carry my iPhone 11, 64 GB in black. It’s super fast and the best phone I ever had. I didn’t pay one cent for it, thanks to my employer. I use a transparent Torras Crystal Clear iPhone Case to protect it.
When I’m at home, I put my iPhone into a drawer, as to not be constantly distracted by it.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
I bought an accompanying leather cover in Ink blue. It’s soft and nice to hold. Closing the magnetic cover will shut off the Kindle.
On my left arm I wear an Apple Watch (Series
0 ). Not waterproof, no always-on display, apps don’t run anymore, but the battery still holds a whole day, including a 40-minute training session. And the best thing: I didn’t pay for it, I won it in a prototyping competition from my employer. But I think I might replace the Apple Watch this year with a new model because I miss Apps like Things on my watch.
Apple AirPods Pro
Since December 2019, I have always carried my AirPods Pro with me, either in my left pocket or in my jacket. I’m pleased with them, as they shield all the noise while riding on trains or planes.
In my jacket, back pocket, or bag I always carry a Traveler’s Notebook Passport Size in Camel. I have 2-3 paper notebooks in it. I have a Traveler’s Notebook Regular Size but don’t carry it with me around.
I bought my notebook at Property Of… and the leather embossing of my initials was included.
My favorite pen is the MUJI Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen 0.38 mm with black ink. It’s not smudge-proof, and I have other pens for Sketchnotes, but the writing experience of this one is good.
Laguiole en Aubrac Pocket Knife
I bought my Laguiole en Aubrac pocket knife a few years ago, and it is always in my right pocket. It’s a traditional French knife handmade by artists from Aubrac. Every knife is a unique piece and the artist carves a special pattern on the back of the knife. It’s available in all price ranges. The handle of my knife is made from juniper wood.
I always carry one because Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife.
For 6 or 7 years, I own a Secrid Miniwallet, carried in my right pocket. It’s now old, I can’t even tell the original color, but I assume it was gray. A co-worker showed this Dutch brand to me, and I was instantly amazed. I always loved small wallets, but this one is the best.
It is made from leather covering an Aluminum case, preventing unwanted RFID and NFC communication or bending and breaking of the cards. It has a super cool mechanism to release the cards. Not only that, but it can hold 4-6 cards in the case and another 4 cards inside. The plastic clip can hold banknotes.
Keys and Steel Chain
I have all my keys attached to a 75 cm (ca. 30 inch) long steel chain, that is attached to my belt loop. I do this for 25 years and I never lost a key.
I like to spin and rotate my keys for fun, it’s good martial arts practice. The chain is a fantastic (legal) Ninja weapon – Kusari-fundo, (鎖分銅). You can drop your keys when you carry heavy shopping bags and don’t lose them.
I try to limit my keys to the minimum amount: House door, flat door, company door, letterbox, and roll container. I have a Transcend 64 GB USB 3.0 stick attached to the key ring.
Handkerchief and Glasses Cleaning Cloth
In one of my back pockets, I carry a handkerchief, in the other one a glasses cleaning cloth. I have had many handkerchiefs since I stopped using paper handkerchiefs (except I’m sick). It’s much more environmentally friendly to not throw away a handkerchief after using it a few times but to wash it and take another one.
The glasses cleaning cloth I use to clean my glasses but to clean iPhone, iPad, and Notebook displays.