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Which Adventure? [Sep. 1st, 2007|02:17 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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The inspiration for my previous post was actually Warren Ellis. For a couple of days, he went on and on about how he couldn't wear his leather jacket in the summer as it was too hot, so he couldn't carry all his STUFF, thus he was forced to break down and buy a "man-bag." (He's put a lot of thought into what he needs to carry, but he was apparently inspired on the bag front by someone sending him a Lifehacker post about "go bags" - probably something like this one - so everything is circular.)

The contents of his new man-bag are listed here.

And that made me think. My bag usually accumulates all sorts of CRAP, usually a weighty amount of stuff I don't need that manages to hide and interfere with the retrieval of stuff I DO need. But rather than dumping out my bag and writing my list, I was more curious about what's in the bags of the people I like. Thus, my post.

It's interesting that some of you looked in your regular bags, some talked about specific items that you always carry, and others took my light-hearted mention of "adventure" literally and fantasized. The people who responded to the Lifehacker call for "show us your go bags" included lots of emergency response stuff. (Apparently, in NYC parlance, a go bag is the bag you grab when the city comes under an attack.)

When I was a kid, I used to fill empty band-aid tins with rubber bands, safety pins, and paper clips, in preparation for my various explorations of the surrounding forest. I desperately wanted to carry useful things, but I had no idea what they were or how to find out that information. Plus, I was shy and we were broke. I was so happy when my godmother gave me my first Swiss Army Knife for my 16th birthday! I still find people's bags-o-stuff intensely interesting.

[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2007-09-01 02:06 pm (UTC)
Right now ...

-wallet (driver's license, insurance card, ATM card, credit card, emergency contact/medical info card, cash plus emergency $10 bill in secret pocket)
-nail trimmer, nail file & small container of massage cream
-small pill box w/ aspirin & ibuprofen & vitamin B
-lip balm
-small tube of moisturizer
-tiny square of silk for cleaning glasses
-a few Shout travel wipes (stain remover)
-a few bandaids
-a few safety pins
-packet of mints
-a few tea bags
-Luna bar or packet of almonds
-a few rocks (from my walks/travels)
-a bicentennial quarter (long story, ask if you want to know)
-and generally far, far too much change
-chainmail bracelet made for me a few years ago
-small wooden boy named Paco (thank you again!)

Often, someone else will lift my purse/bag, be shocked by the weight and I'll empty it to discover $15-20 in change. I'm trying to fix this by handing my change to a companion, putting it in tip or charity jars, or remembering to empty my bag every few days & put the change in the travel jar on top of my fridge.

My backpack or courier bag, which hasn't been traveling with me daily in these past few weeks generally has:

-water bottle
-2 handkerchiefs
-small tube of unscreen
-small tube of lotion/moisturizer
-packet of nuts
-packet of jerky (i don't eat it but i'm often around someone else who suddenly needs food)
-a few LUNA bars
-container with aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin B
-a few packets of Emergen-C or similar instant vitamin packets
-pen & notebook
-book or two
-packet of travel wipes
-nail clipper, nail file, small tube of massage cream
-small calendar
-a few photos
-a few sharpies
-small roll of tape
-swiss army knife
-a few baggies or plastic bags (for trash or rocks that i pick up in the course of my travels)
-phone charger
-travel tiger (small stuffed animal)
-a spare pair of socks & panties
-small first aid kit
-travel-sized deoderant, toothbrush & toothpaste

my car has:

-bottle of sunscreen
-bottle of lotion
-first aid kit
-gallon of water
-Emergen-C or Airborne
-ginger candies
-pen & paper
-duct tape
-canvas bags
-plastic bags
-paperback copies of 3 favorite books
-CDs of favorite music
-spare pair of non-prescription sunglasses
-hiking boots
-a few photos
-phone charger
-spare $10
-too much change
-small travel-sized deoderant, toothbrushes (3), toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap
-2 beach towels
-spare (older) swimsuit
-bag of small games (Fluxx and similar)

Now I'm thinking about what I'd want for an *adventure* ... :>
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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2007-09-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
heh, i left out the flashlight in my backpack and the flashlight/emergency radio-thingy in my car ...
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