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What's In My Bag (2015)

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I've always been fascinated with the things people choose to carry around in their bags. It's sort of like a small slice of a person's life that other people hardly ever get to see. Today, you get to see mine.

The Verge used to do a regular segment on their website showcasing the contents of their staff members' bags, and it inspired me to do a similar blog post back in 2014 about my own bag. It's been slightly over a year now, and I thought it would be fun to do it again.

So, here are the things that I've been carrying in my bag lately:

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Currently Reading

I usually have several books with me at all times. Currently, I'm reading C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity and Sketch! by France Belleville-Van Stone. That's also the latest issue of Relevant Magazine in the back.

I received Sketch! from a publisher in exchange for an honest review. I review books on a frequent basis because it's a great way to expose myself to new content, plus it's a source of free books.

I bought Mere Christianity at a used bookstore a few weeks ago for a mere $1.80. I had been wanting to read this book for quite some time but couldn't bring myself to pay full retail for a new copy. This 1960 edition has a beautiful cover design and is a lot smaller than modern editions.

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ENO Hammock

Now that springtime has arrived, there are a lot of warm weather days. With that in mind, I often carry my ENO Hammock around in case I have some time to set it up and relax. I use the Atlas suspension system for it because of how easy it is to set up and adjust.

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Coffee & Pour-over Cone

I got tired of having to drink my college cafeteria's mediocre coffee, so I spent a few bucks to buy myself a pour-over cone and some better coffee grounds.

As long as I've been drinking coffee, I've always made pour-overs. They are really convenient because all you need is hot water and you're good to go.

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iPad Mini & Logitech Keyboard Case

Buying a tablet was one of the best decisions I made, especially as a writer. With a full keyboard attached to the case, I can write anywhere that I find myself. Inspiration strikes at some of the oddest times, so it's really nice to have a convenient way to create on the go. My go-to writing applications for iOS are Writer Pro and Microsoft Word 365.

Other applications that I use on a regular basis Kindle, Pocket, Clear, and Evernote.

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Traveler's Notebook & Reporter Notebook

If you weren't aware, I make leather notebooks. So, it's probably no surprise that I carry several of them with me. The lighter colored one is a small, pocket-sized reporter notebook. The darker brown notebook is my traveler's notebook. The pen attached to its exterior is a Lamy Safari fountain pen.

I also love using Pilot G2s.

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Leather Coin Pouch

I made this leather pouch as an experiment mainly, but decided to carry it in my bag as a coin holder. I never liked having loose coins my pants pockets, so this is a great alternative.

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Cell Phone

I use to have an iPhone, but ended up swapping to a "dumb" phone because it saved $30 a month. I thought I would miss not being able to access the internet via 3G, but, for the most part, I actually like the limitation. I spend enough time on the internet to begin with, so it's for the best.

The only time that I miss having an iPhone is when I get lost and need directions.

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Minimal Wallet

As I've explained in a previous blog post, I got tired of how bulky my old bi-fold wallet was. So, I grabbed some scrap leather I had laying around from my notebook-making, and I created this simple wallet sleeve. It holds 3-5 cards and some bills. It's super small and doesn't take up much room in my pocket.

Clementine

I've been trying to eat more fruit lately, and clementines are probably the easiest thing to carry around. They are fast to peel and work great for a quick snack.

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Moo Business Card Holder

I never know when I'll meet someone new, so I make sure that I have some business cards on me at all times. I get my cards printed from moo.com, and they make these beautiful plastic card holders. If you're looking for top-notch business cards, moo.com is the best place around. Seriously. I've always believed that it's essential to have the best quality cards because they create a great first impression. Vistaprint cards just won't cut it.

I've always believed that it's essential to have the best quality cards because they create a great first impression. Vistaprint cards just won't cut it.

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Canson Mixed Media Sketch Pad

I've been trying to draw on a semi-regular basis, so this sketch pad is almost always in my bag. I also Sketchnote from time to time, and I've found that these Mixed Media pads have the perfect paper thickness for my needs.

I never have to worry about bleeding.

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The Bag

For those wondering what I put all of this stuff in, look no further. I've had this backpack for slightly over a year now and still love it. It's not perfect, but it fits my needs for now. I'll probably upgrade to something with more pouches in the future, as I often feel like I'm running out of room. Also, a second water bottle holder would be nice

What do you carry in your bag?