Everyday Carry Bags – Smythe Richbourg

Salt, pepper, and hot sauce make lunches tastier. A titanium spork and a good, sharp Opinel folding knife help transfer it to my tummy.

Salt, pepper, and hot sauce make lunches tastier. A titanium spork and a good, sharp Opinel folding knife help transfer it to my tummy.

I have not one standard geek bag, but three! I have a favorite for work, a different one for days off, and, if I’m taking my lunch to work, I have my required condiment and tools selection. Let’s start with the last mentioned – my lunch kit.

For a wedding present several decades ago, my Lovely Bride and I were gifted with a combination salt shaker and pepper mill. We’ve taken to only having this type pepper/salt dispenser for the past three decades, and it’s a hard habit to break. So, one of the things in my lunch kit is a pepper mill. I added a salt grinder, just because the larger chunks are more readily tasted, and some hot sauce (Tabasco original red, of course!). Add in two implements of consumption (a Titanium spork from REI and an Opinel Number 7 wooden-handled folding knife), an insulated bag, travel coffee mug, and water bottle, and you’ve got the whole kit. Great for chopping up a salad, wolfing down homemade chicken and quinoa crock-pot recipes, or whatever leftovers have been haunting the fridge, plus cutting into fresh oranges or kiwis to keep this geek nourished.

COffee K-cups, hairbrush, cough drops, etc. stay in my work bag.

Coffee K-cups, hairbrush, cough drops, etc. stay in my work bag.

In addition to my lunch bag, on work days I traditionally carry a Rothco Canvas Map Case, which I have yet to publish a review of. This has been my trusty field bag for about a year, and I think may turn out to be best-in-class for my needs.  Into it I can fit bottles of pain reliever, cough drops, hairbrush, random cables for work, K-cups for the break room coffee maker, as well as my two trusty items – a Cocoon 9×7 Grid-It and my third-generation 64 GB iPad.

My iPad and my Cocoon.

My iPad and my Cocoon.

The Cocoon lets me easily transfer most stuff between my work bag and my day-off bag, which is a Tom Bihn Medium Cafe bag. The Cocoon holds cables for almost anything, in the form of the Incase USB Mini cable kit. I also have an Apple iPad charger strapped in, along with a few small cases containing a Square dongle, a Blue MikeyD, and an iPad Camera Connection kit.

Days off are often writing days.

Days off are often writing days.

The Cafe Bag keeps this and my iPad safe, and has room for the InCase Origami Workstation, which holds the Apple Bluetooth keyboard that I usually carry along for writing on the run. My day-off bag also usually has my Avantree Bluetooth speaker and a Tekkeon battery backup.

On my person…

On my person…

Being the Southern Gentleman that I am, I’ve carried a pocket knife on my person since grade school. My current model is a Victorinox Swiss Army knife “Deluxe Tinker” model, which I carry along with keys on a split-ring, along with eye drops, chapstick, comb, and handkerchief. A few Christmases back, Julie sent us a nice Waterfield wallet, which I still carry with cash, cards, and receipts. I also carry my Apple Earpods in their case and my trusty iPhone 4s in its Speck Pixelskin HD case.

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  • thenikjones May 22, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Excellent choice of knife, I carry the normal Tinker. My picnic knife is a Huntsman (lock blade + corkscrew) but for daily use, a Philips screwdriver is much more useful.

    I wish I had hair, to warrant the carrying of a hairbrush :-(

  • Zak May 22, 2013, 10:40 pm

    What case are you using for your apple keyboard?

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