what’s in my bag

here’s what i submitted to the cool tools “what’s in your bag” series.
i carry a lot of items with me; some of my friends call me swiss-army-bekee because it’s likely that i have the resources or tools to help them in a pinch.
i’ve had my share of Timbuk2 bags, and have been using this one for a little over four years now, it’s their Classic Messenger – Small. it has all the right pockets and zippers and enough space for a big haul.

little bag

I’m not sure I can put into words why most of these things are useful as a lot of them are in case of an emergency or an immediate need that I haven’t had but am preparing for, but I’ll do my best, albeit sarcastically.


little bag contents

i’m also a web developer in the midwest who has recently had the good fortune to land a great job that i can bike to year-round. as you can imagine, nothing else is going to fit in that bag up there, so i bought a Classic Messenger – Large. when it arrived, i was sorely disappointed in the lack of internal pockets. so, i came up with the best solution i could, and that was to carry the Small bag inside of the Large when commuting to work!

big bag and contents

it seems crazy, i know, but i kind of am. so, inside this bag (aside from the other bag) is as follows:
  • Dog keyfob http://www.defensedevices.com/dog-defense-keychain.html. I bought this when I bought my house seven years ago, thinking I’d need it in the neighborhood on dog walks. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use it.
  • Gerber shard http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZK45IQ. This tops EDC lists all the time, but I have yet to have occasion to use it.
  • Nomad Key Charger http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IIYAIVG. Invaluable. I got so tired of untangling the white Apple cord to charge my phone at work. I’ve read reviews that the part that attaches to a keychain breaks easily, but I haven’t had that experience.
  • True Cash Stash http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002JUDJBG. It’s nice to know that I have $20 hidden with my keys, just in case.
  • Key ring kit http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057OIR2C. I’ve found these keyring attachments to be useful, both for easy removal of items (the Nomad charger, for one), but also to differentiate similar-looking keys from one another.
  • Timbuk2 bag rain cover http://www.timbuk2.com/messenger-bag-backpack-rain-cover/884.html?dwvar_884_size=7&dwvar_884_color=8004. Works great! Even though Timbuk2 bags are water resistant, sometimes I’m carrying a laptop in addition to my iPad and don’t want to chance anything getting wet.
  • Park Tool bike tools http://www.amazon.com/PARKTOOL-AWS-13-MICRO-HEX-WRENCH-RING/dp/B00NMUYYZM. I just got this because my local bike mechanic has it on his keys and I want to look cool.
  • emergency poncho (see explanation above)
  • Planet Bike 5-beamer
  • Planet Bike rear light
  • Arcteryx rain jacket (when weather dictates – not pictured)
  • Marmot rain pants (when weather dictates – not pictured)
  • Genuine Innovations tire repair wallet http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Innovations-Tire-Repair-Inflation/dp/B009ZMYQ18. I just bought this and haven’t had to use it.

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