I always loved seeing other people’s gear. Similarly to how I like learning about the creative process of others, seeing their stuff is a glimpse at their workflows and practices.
After spending much of 2022 with changing and experimenting with my own EDC, and finally figuring out a small kit, I figured it would be fun to do a “What’s in my pockets?”-type of post. Going into 2023, these are the things I carry with me everywhere. (Some things shift and change, but by and large this is the stuff that’s always on me.)
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- Belt pouch. I love this Peak Design Range Pouch (charcoal, small) — while I do carry sometimes a PD Field Pouch as a minimalist sling bag, I came to have this one on my belt all the time instead. Fits a bunch of bits and blobs, and is conveniently at hand on my waist.
- Wallet. I bought the Bellroy Slim Sleeve (charcoal, leather-free) wallet a while back, and haven’t looked back since. It’s as minimalist as it gets, with enough functionality that it isn’t too minimalist.
- Keys. I hate keys as much as the next person, but managed to slim it down. The Bellroy Key Cover (graphite) does a great job of being unobtrusive but handy.
- Smartphone. Never leave the house without it! I switched from the 11 Pro Max to the Apple iPhone 13 Mini (256GB, white, with a black Apple leather case), because I wanted to reduce the time I spend staring at the screen. The Mini does it all if I need it, but it’s too small to tempt me into doing all the things with it all the time.
- Power bank. Always handy, but given the Mini’s battery life, having the Anker 622 MagGo power bank with me can prevent a lot of headaches. It’s not big (but still a bit too big for the Mini; I can live with it) and if I use it, I need to recharge it overnight — but that’s fine, it’s for emergency uses only anyway.
- Wristwatch. I used to wear an Apple Watch, but decided to cut out some more notifications (read: distractions) and bought a Sea2See SEAL 05 instead. I like having a non-smartwatch, and I got to contribute to recycling ocean waste at the same time.
- Smart ring. As much as I didn’t want the distraction of a smartwatch, I did enjoy the health tracking features. The Ōura ring does the latter, without the former, and it looks unassuming (I rarely worry about it being stolen) yet super cool.
- Necklace. I’ve been wearing these Firefly ‘dog tags’ for years. Bought them in a comic book store in 2014 or so.
- Rings. I love rings, and I especially love meaningful rings. And these ‘Zen’ rings from Clocks & Colours are awesome. Love the details, love the symbolism.
- Bracelet. A magnetic lava bracelet I bought at Orr in Reykjavik. A memento from a country I adore and where I built what I am today.
- Pocket notebook. Lately, I took to prefer analog to digital more often than not. I started carrying a pocket notebook (using a thin Moleskine right now, but ordered a couple of A6 Leuchttrum1917 plain notebooks to switch out; I like the paper better) to jot down notes, doodle, write poetry or whatever when I’m out and about. In 2023, I want to do a daily (or close) ‘gingko’ practice: a ‘haiku walk’ in the middle of the day to snap out of work, relax, and recharge; creatively as well as physically and mentally.
- Pen. For bullet journaling and quick notes, I use the Drehgriffel gel pen from the Leuchttrum1927 x Bullet Journal collaboration. I love that it’s small but not too small (feels great in the hand) with amazing build quality.
- Fountain pens. When I’m not journaling or jotting down quick notes, I always default to a fountain pen. I carry a Waterman Hémisphère (with black ink) and a Parker IM (with blue ink) with me for poetry and prose. I use two, with different colored inks, because Neil Gaiman does. He said that he switches between them daily, to easily see progress from one day to the next. I liked the idea, so here I am.
- Pen holder. This custom-made leather pen holder was my Mom’s, she received it as a gift from one of her graduating classes. When she passed, I started carrying it as a memory. And it’s handy, too — fits the two fountain pens easily, with space for either the Drehgriffel (although that I usually just carry in the belt pouch) or a spare ink cartridge.
- Earbuds. I use a pair of Apple AirPods Pros (1st generation), and I can’t tell you how much I love them. The noise canceling is amazing, shuts the world out. I also have a pair of wired EarPods, for backup and for the gingkos where I don't want to completely isolate myself from what's happening.
- Journal. I started bullet journaling toward the end of 2022. My journal is in a minimalist, “more functional than stylish”-fashion (using Pick Up Limes’ awesome video as inspiration) and it’s been… well, life-changing, in some ways. I feel more organized and productive, even if I’m still a novice of BuJo. Ordered the official Bullet Journal Edition 2 journal, and it’s great. Slapped some stickers on it, because I like slapping stickers on things.
- Camera. I used to carry my big camera (a Canon EOS-R with the RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM lens) with me all the time, but it’s a bit cumbersome and draws a lot of attention. I still grab the Canon when I go out specifically for photography, but for a daily carry, “guerilla style” camera I bought a Sony ZV-1 instead. (And even when I have the Canon I have the Sony in my belt pouch for backup.) I could use my phone, but the Mini’s battery is questionable, and I don’t want to pull my phone out any more than I absolutely have to. (Distractions, distractions. Look, squirrel!) Plus, I enjoy the small size while still being able to shoot really good images, in raw. Originally bought it for vlogging, but that ain’t happening, so. Not wild about it being a Sony, and the menu system is a nightmare, but I’m learning it and it does the job excellently.
And that’s it. Everything I carry every time I leave the house. (Okay, I cheated a bit with the bullet journal — but I take it with me more often than not, and transfer notes between the pocket notebook and the journal when I get home.) I’ll do a post on what’s in my creator bag, the extended gear I use for all my creative work, and carry with me if I go on an extended trip. Also about what’s on my phone, and how I minimized (pun not intended but nice to have) distractions by switching to the iPhone Mini and using a specific setup.
It’ll be interesting to see how (or if) this setup will change for 2024.
What’s in your pockets?