My Everyday Carry
I’m an Environmental Engineer from Salt Lake City. My job keeps me on the road about 50% of the time. The Juice Pack keeps my phone charged when I’m traveling, The Moleskine is for expense report receipts (my admin loves that I keep them organized). The Memo Pad and Space Pen are great for taking field notes, even in the rain. The watch looks great and cost about $6000 less than a real one. I love the Gerber Artifact but the TSA doesn’t, so I got the Shard for air travel. They Mighty Wallet is made from Tyvek; light, durable and low profile. Unfortunately, they quit making the mini version so I’ll have to make it last.
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