I’ll be starting a new job in a few weeks time and this has lead me to think about my everyday carry again. I’m a bit of a carry nerd, and I like to have all the things I’m likely to want during the day available and conveniently transported.
My reward to myself for getting the job is likely to be a new work bag. My old Trakke Bairn has seen some serious use over the years and the straps have worn the canvas in places. The newer Bairn design resolves this issue, so replacement is an option, but I’m tempted to go with something a little more professional for a bag I only really intend to use for my commute.
My current shortlist is limited to the Bellroy Slim Work Bag. I own a few Bellroy products and am extremely happy with their production quality. One of them is my wallet, which like most people is an essential thing to have on my person when I leave the house.
Of equal importance though is making sure that my bag is filled with the things I need, but that I’m not lugging around things I will never use. There are a handful of predictable requirements, or situations to cover that are either common or unlikely but important enough to account for daily.
- Listening to music,
- Charging my phone/other electronics,
- Note taking,
- Reading during downtime,
- Activity tracking.
Some of these are pretty simple to account for. Activity tracking means putting on my Apple Watch in the morning. Listening to music means having my iPhone and AirPods in my pocket.
It’s important that my phone is charged so that I can get home in the evening (electronic train tickets), and of course for being contactable. So I need a simple charging setup. This is currently a folding power plug, a Qi capable battery pack, and a handful of cables. These fit into a little packing cube that is easy to fit into any size of bag.
I tend to read during free time; breaks/ lunch — so having my iPad with me is important. Carrying a 10.5” tablet does set some bag size requirements. It would also be good to be able to optionally carry my MacBook (12”) instead. My notebook is also important. I use a Leuchtturm 1917, which is a hardback notebook similar in style to a Moleskine if you’re more familiar. I usually use Uniball Signo gel ink pens and keep a spare to hand.
As the owner of a large beard I also keep a Beard Comb with me. A life saver after braving high winds!