Let’s talk about the things one might find in your pocket / on your key chain on any given day. I might have done this sort of thing before, I don’t remember. If I did, oh well – we are doing it again. What is the set of indispensable survival tools that you keep on your person at all times? Here is mine:
Let’s break it down:
- Ice Breakers Energy – I usually have a box of these mints with me because they are tasty and contain caffeine. As you may know, coffeine is the source of all my mystical and superhuman powers. Without it I’m helpless.
- My LG VX8700. It is a good phone. It has served me well so far. It’s only flaw is that it is just a basic phone. It doesn’t really do email, web or anything like that.
- An off brand multi-tool. It contains pliers, few blades a bottle opener and a flashlight. The blades are useless but the pliers and the flashlight are indispensable. The bulb on that thing is tiny, but it is a much better source of light than my phone’s display backlight which is what most people use as a light source in a pinch these days.
- Wifi Detector – this little toy tells me if there are any wifi networks in the vicinity. It is a bit useless, but it allows me to quickly answer pressing questions such as “does this coffee shop have free wifi?” without taking out my laptop or, you know… looking around for signs, or asking the person behind the counter…
- Bottle opener. It also doubles up as a cylindrical compartment where you can store something, and unscrewing the top reveals a small blade. It has been on my key chain since I was a kid and I sort of can’t make myself to take it off.
- Way to many flash drives of various capacities. They mostly contain random assortment of garbage – like files that I was moving between systems, drivers and security tools like ComboFix, MalwareBytes and etc. Most of the time I use these when I’m trying to rescue a machine that is so badly infected that I’m afraid to connect it to a network.
- A standard d6, cause you never know when you might need some manually generated entropy. Some people flip a con – I roll a dice. If you roll 3 of these you will get a very nice random distribution that follows the bell curve.
- My pocket knife. Good for opening boxes, cutting cables and etc. Yes, there are small blades on the multi-tool too but they are fairly useless. This one looks nice, and actually has a decent size blade. I’ve also used it for slicing apples, peeling oranges and etc…
- Small tool I got off Think Geek back in the day. The neat thing about it is that it snaps onto a keychain and looks just like a regular key. I also has a tiny cutting blade, Philips screwdriver head. It is sort of redundant, but comes in useful when carrying the pliers and the blade would be inappropriate.
I’ve been using this set for quite a while now, and I’m sort of looking to change it up a bit. I’ve been eying the Skeletool recently. It has a nice blade and could replace both my pliers and the knife consolidating this pile of gear somewhat. Then again it is a bit on the expensive side and I would need to find a replacement tiny flashlight.
What do you usually carry in your pocket? Yes, I know you can’t really post pictures in the comments but you can still describe. Maybe I can pick up some useful tools to add to my inventory here.
Here is a follow up question that I just thought about – which pocket do you put your wallet in:
- left back pocket
- right back pocket
- left front pocket
- right front pocket
- fanny pack
I carry my in the left front pocket of my pants. Why? Because that’s how my dad taught me. He actually grew up in one of the roughest, most ghetto neighborhoods of Warsaw and knew quite a few pick pockets in his youth and that’s what they told him to do. Allegedly this is the most difficult pocket to pick for a right handed thief. Back pockets are the easiest pickings. Not that I have ever been pick pocketed, but still…