What good things come in little packages?
January 4, 2013 6:12 AM Subscribe
What are the very small things you carry around that pack a lot of functionality into a little space?
posted by tel3path to grab bag (84 answers total) 139 users marked this as a favorite
I continually strive to lighten my load of everyday stuff. Things I do to achieve this include: carrying interdental toothbrushes instead of a pocket toothbrush, carrying those flat Listerine breathmint leaves instead of gum or boxed mints, and so on. A pocket toothbrush that's only 1/2 to 3/4 the size of a normal toothbrush doesn't really seem like a spacesaver to me, so although those things have their place I'm talking smaller than that.
I go on YouTube and look in the "what's in my purse" section and I seem to be in a minority. I watch in amazement as one girl after another pulls increasingly bulky items out of a purse that, by itself, weighs at least 2kg empty. These girls pull out packs of gum, rolls of mints, more redundant packs of gum, little shopping bags with junk jewelry that they bought and forgot about, half a dozen lipsticks, a wallet the size of a small encyclopedia, one shoe, a paperback copy of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, a bonsai tree, a portable record player and a representative sample of 50 or so albums from their vinyl collection, and a vintage Bakelite telephone circa 1942. These people simply are not in the same mindset as me, so it's hard to really learn from them.
Then there's the EDC videos, which seem to mostly be about firestarters, water purifying, and paracord. I think these things have their place, but I live and work in an urban environment and I'm not quite into preparing for the zombie apocalypse right this second (points to anyone who can make a genuine case for my doing this though). I'm more likely to need chopsticks for putting my hair up or eating ramen than for staking a vampire, as far as I know anyway.
What good things are there that actually do come in little packages? Little enough to be worth carrying around in my purse day after day?