Go bags are go!
In olden days (when a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking), a gentleman of the town and country might carry his pipe, a tobacco pouch, a hip-flask, a penknife, some string, a sturdy cane or an umbrella, a notebook and pencil, a watch, and maybe even a magnifying glass, small telescope, or a pocket torch. The lady of town and country might carry… well, I’m not sure, because I’ve never rifled through an antique handbag.
But what do modern geeks about town carry with them? Geek Ladies, Geek Gentlemen! Turn out your pockets and bags! What do you carry with you when you’re out and about?
Here’s my personal list:
1) A small camera pouch containing: A head-mounted LED light, a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, soap, aftershave, sticking plasters, aspirin, ibuprofen, sugar, and disposable contact lenses.
2) A folding tool kit containing: Screwdriver & tips, Leatherman style adjustable spanner, wire-cutters, pliers, tweezers, micro-screwdrivers
3) A spare battery for my phone, and a USB charge cable.
4) An old android tablet. It’s old and partly broken, so I don’t mind too much if it gets stolen or broken. I have the usual geek tools (ssh, electronics calculators, etc…) installed, as well as kindle. I keep it locked, just in case.
5) An umbrella. It’s the UK. It will rain.
6) A microfiber towel. You should always know where your towel is. And It’s the UK. It will rain.
7) A lightweight folding rucksack. This folds to about the size of a mobile phone, and opens up to about 10 litres or so.
8) A notebook, pen, pencil, and highlighter.
9) An LED torch. This is easier to hold than the head light, and is brighter. I modified a pound store torch to hold a 5 watt Luxeon warm white LED and rechargeable AA cells.
10) A pack of lemon-scented antiseptic hand-wipes. Because people are icky and stuff.
1) Wallet with Photo-ID, business cards, and a credit-card sized micro-toolkit.
2) Android Phone. It’s a still camera, a video camera, a magnifier, and a gps with maps and navigation. It’s also a bus ticket and train timetable.
3) Keys. Because doors.
4) Money. Because things.
5) In-ear headphones with microphone.
I usually wear a large, leather fedora. It works as a temporary shopping basket, a camera tripod, and a camera shade if I’m shooting with a TLR film camera. It’s also excellent at keeping my head dry in the rain, and the sun out of my eyes.
That’s pretty much all I carry when I go out, unless I’m wearing a waistcoat (that’s a vest to you guys) – which is probably 5 days of the week. I wear bracers (that’s suspenders to you guys – jeez American really IS a foreign language) because It’s hard to hitch your trousers back up if your hands are full. And, if you spend a lot of time bending or stretching, there’s a very real possibility of revealing more than the tailor intended when you have nothing but a belt holding your trousers up. The biggest disadvantage to wearing bracers is that the elastic can get hooked onto chairs, door handles, step-ladders, etc… While I appreciate the comedy value of being dragged backwards by elastic, I started wearing a waistcoat to cover my assets. I soon discovered that you get an added pocket bonus for the storage of business cards and tickets, and you don’t have to worry so much about shirt buttons coming undone, or your waistband getting un-tucked. I often wear a pocket watch when I’m wearing a waistcoat, because it looks nice and it’s oddly convenient (if somewhat old fashioned) to have a watch on the end of a chain.