I realized that my everyday carry (phone, wallet, keys and lipgloss) has been honed over the years, such that it now can fit in the front pockets of slacks, or in a sleek fish-shaped evening bag or whatever.
|Clockwise from top: wallet, lipgloss, phone, keys.|
While this is a short list and my everyday carry is pretty tiny, I pack a ton of stuff into these items.
What's in the phone: books, maps, music, internet, games, drawing apps, reference materials, etc.
What's in the wallet: cards, cash, A BANDAID, good luck charm, receipts I need to save, train tickets.
What's on the key chain: keys (duh), membership cards, library card, good luck charm, teeny dongle.
What's in the lip gloss tube: It's just lip gloss.
This is the baseline of what I carry, and often it's really all I go out with.
However, I also carry additional things based on where I'm going and what I'm doing there. I have headphones, a sewing kit and earplugs and a pillbox full of painkillers and a hairbrush now that I am growing my hair out, and small containers of spice mixes for use in case of boring food, each of which might get added to my bag on any given day. I've also got my to do list that goes with me whenever I am attending a work event or traveling, and of course I have various work documents and tools (full disclosure part two: those tools are chalk) in my work bag.
All the extras tend to live in the zippered part of my work bag while the four items pictured above go with me wherever I go.