Julie’s Gadget Diary – Every day carry update


Sent to you by majedmj via Google Reader:


via The Gadgeteer by Julie on 4/30/13


Two months have passed since my first article outlining all the gear I carry with me each day, so it's time to see which items I've dropped and the new gear that  I have added.

Note: Images can be clicked to view a larger size.

04/29/13 Gear Bag

Same as last time

  • Timbuk2 Custom Laptop Messenger Bag – I'm still very happy with this messenger bag. It has room for all the stuff you see here and still has room to spare
  • iPad mini in the Kensington cover that I reviewed a couple months ago
  • Generic sunglasses clips stored in a clamshell case
  • Cummins ID badge
  • Waterfield Designs Zippered Wallet with two good luck charms that are one good luck charm that is always zipped inside. One is  a little metal peace sign charm that I found in the parking lot after my first chemo treatment in March 2011. It felt like the universe was telling me that "everything was going to be ok". The other is a little plastic cross that was given to me during that same time frame. I've been carrying this same exact wallet since December of 2005.
  • Leather Field Notes / Moleskine Cahier cover that I made myself and holds 2 Field Notes notebooks
  • Checkbook and a stack of colored index cards clipped with a binder clip
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (Verizon) with eGrips non-slip strips on the back
  • iPod Classic 160GB – I rarely listen to this
  • Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset – Comfy and sound great
  • Gerber Crucial Pocket Tool Multi-Plier - I like this one because it's small and doesn't have a lot of tools that I will never use
  • HAND Stylus, GoSmart Stylus, Uniball Jetstream, generic Bic pen, cheap Papermate clicky mechanical pencil, Fischer Space Pen and a handmade protective sleeve which Janet made – My current favorite pen is the Uniball. It writes great and I be won't overly sad if I lose it, because it doesn't cost much to replace
  • 2 USB flash drives
  • Little USB microSD card reader
  • ATP Pro Max card reader – can't remember the last time I needed to use this
  • Waterfield Designs iPod Gear Pouch – Holds a lot of the small items shown here
  • Dragonthorn Leatherworks Pocket Carry System – Holds an Altoid Smalls tin of Ibuprofen, Carmex lip balm and fingernail clippers
  • Small bottle and 3 tubes of eye drops
  • Stock Apple earbuds
  • 2 short USB cables that have 1 short USB cable that has both mini and micro connectors on one end.
  • Larger micro USB cable and a USB AC adapter
  • Spyderco Ladybug pocket knife
  • Huntlight LED flash light
  • Not pictured - Kleenexes and an empty Walmart style plastic shopping bag just because…


  • Little metal peace sign charm – One day last week I realized it was no longer in my wallet… I'm still very upset about losing it :(
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Small Waterfield CableGuy pouch - I wasn't carrying much in it (eye drops and kleenexes), so I move those items to other pockets in the bag
  • Camera charm that flashes and makes shutter sound when you press the shutter button – gift from one of my best friends
  • Orange elago G5 Breathe case - Using eGrips strips now
  • I gave away one of the dual USB mini/micro cables to a co-worker
  • Cheapo Sony earbuds
  • Vaja SD card wallet – found an alternative, see Altoids tin o'stuff below
  • Ziploc baggie of Stevia packets – ran out, need to replenish

New additions

  • Altoids tin o'stuff (see below)
  • Pyrex glass food container – most days this either has pre-made steel cut oats for breakfast or something I froze the night before, for lunch. Either way, I don't need to carry a lunch box
  • 24 oz. Bubba Hero insulated bottle – after reviewing 2 of their other bottles, I ordered this one. It has helped me almost completely kick my lunchtime Diet Coke addiction. I fill it with 5 ice cubes from home and when I get to work, I fill it with cold water and 2 Twinings Cold Brew iced tea bags. By noon I have perfect ice cold iced tea.
  • Fork (or a spoon depending on what I brought with me to eat that day)
  • Altoids Smalls tin – empty, not sure how it got in my bag
  • Mini container of dental floss
  • Apple AC adapter & Lightning cable for iPad mini
  • Micro OTG cable – I'm seeing if I can replace my iPod with this cable, a 32GB microSD card full of my tunes and my Samsung Galaxy S3

04/29/13 Keychain and Altoids tin o'stuff


Same as last time

  • I am just using 2 generic split rings connected via a TEC Python clip
  • Keys
  • PNY USB flash drive which I plan to put to add emergency contact info
  • Photon X-Light Micro – I love this little LED flashlight because it's always exactly where I need it. It's tiny and easy to use with one hand unlike likes that require you to twist the head. Click once to turn on and once to turn off. Even has some special modes like SOS


  • None

New additions

On keychain:

  • Lambda Keylight – cool little locator light that glows 24/7 on a set of batteries for 1 year. It helps me locate my keys if they are at the bottom of my bag
  • Virgin Healthmiles pedometer – not really new. I carry it on my belt loop every day. At my day job (Cummins), we get points for steps and can redeem them for cash at the end of the year

Altoids tin o'stuff:

  • Tru-Nord compass – you never know when you might need to know which way is which. This is a cool little compass with a brass case
  • PocketMonkey – this is a handy credit card sized multi-tool that is made of stainless steel, has 12 different functions and is TSA compliant.
  • SDcardholders –  I replaced the little Vaja SD card holder with several of these plastic holders. They make them for microSD cards, regular SD cards and even SIM cards. They also come in a variety of colors
  • Little USB dongle jig – it's supposed to save your bacon if you can't boot your Android phone into recovery mode. Since I've been playing around with custom ROMs, I thought it might be good to have one

New things I'm looking for

  • I'm trying to find a set of eating utensils and a small case for them. I usually just throw a fork or spoon from home into my bag and that's not very sanitary

That's it for this time…

Filed in categories: Articles, Gear

Tagged: ,

Julie's Gadget Diary – Every day carry update originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on April 30, 2013 at 8:00 am.


Things you can do from here:



المشاركات الشائعة