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.
In my left pocket, I carry my iPhone 13 mini, 64 GB in black. It’s super fast and the best phone I ever had. I get a new phone every two years with my mobile contract. I use the RhinoShield SolidSuit Carbon with a 3D Impact Protection Screen 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
On my left arm I wear an Apple Watch (Series 5) in space grey with a white breathable sports wristband.
Apple AirPods Pro 2
I bought in December 2019 the AirPods Pro and used them nearly everyday. In 2023 I switched to the AirPods Pro 2. I put them in the small pocket of my jeans. They are fantastic headphones, 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. Additionaly, I have the Brass Ballpoint Pen with me, because it is so small and has a pencil hidden inside.
Laguiole Pocket Knife
I bought my Laguiole pocket knife a few years ago, and it is always in my right pocket. It’s a traditional French knife handmade by craftsmen 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 ebony wood.
I always carry one because Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife.
For more than 8 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 Keychain
I have all my keys attached to a KeyUnity KM01 Titan Keychain, that is attached to my belt loop.
I try to limit my keys to the minimum amount: House door, flat door, cellar, letterbox, and bicycle lock.
EDC Multitool Credit Card
I have a survival credit card in my Secrit Miniwallet. Mine was part of a survival kit, but you can find many different options. It has a small and a large screwdriver, an emergency life rope, ruler, twine knife, bottle opener, can opener, hanging hole, cutting saw, a knife, and a wrench.
Urban Assault 21 Backpack
When I’m on the road I carry the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21. It’s the best backpack I had so far, recommended by a Green Beret. It’s waterproof and lightweight. In its pockets I store additionaly useful things, for example loading cables, a power bank, a pen roll, an umbrella, and a water bottle. I might also carry my iPad Pro or MacBook Pro with me.
In case of a catastrophe, when I’m at home, I have a fully packed backpack containing everything I need to survive for a few days up to several weeks.