There are so many helpful gadgets and tools out there to help improve our daily lives. Here is a listing of some of what I use on a fairly regular basis, or at least can be regularly found in my everyday backpack.
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Tip. As Thoreau once said (I’m paraphrasing), “don’t become the tool of your tools.”
Purchased on Kickstarter, now available for pre-order, this is my favorite belt ever! It fits great and despite all the stuff you can fit inside like money or tools, it's still pretty slim lined. The buckle is awesome quality and looks great for casual or even business attire. Also easy to customize the fit once you get it. Made of nylon type material, it's strong and alternative to leather. I just bought the belt by itself, but as you can see, additional tools/supplies can be purchased separately to put into the belt. Perfect for everyday, travel (hide money, docs, keys), camping, or the wilderness.
Great fit, adjustable sizing, secret pockets, breathable. Not as breathable as a something made of nylon, but the secret pockets are great for travel, camping, around town, or the beach to stash, your cash, keys, or other valuables.
I've long fantasized about getting a Leatherman and actually having a use for it. The Signal provides some additional travel/camping/outdoors tools I wanted that the more popular Wave offers. I've used other multi-tools before, but the quality of a Leatherman is unparalleled. Love the serrated knife which I use almost everyday, along with the screwdriver, and the tools plus add-ons are fantastic. There are black, silver, and coyote color options.
This thing is awesome at home or even to carry around. Very small, multiple adapters, and ratcheting forward or reverse making is faster to loosen and tighten screws.
Perfect for working at home or in the office. Entirely made of cardboard, yet very sturdy. Holds my 15" laptop along with a place for keyboard and mouse. Underneath is open to store a notebook, papers, or snacks. Great test to see if you even will use a standing desk before investing $150+. Relatively easy to assemble, lightweight, and easy to move. Only thing I wish it that it was collapsible to store away when not in use.
For years I had been searching for a modular backpack that I could add and subtract components and finally found this one. At 20L, there is plenty of storage for everyday urban use. It's water proof, has a laptop sleeve, and you can connect various accessories as you desire. You purchase whatever additional modules you want and they connect via their custom rail system. They also make bigger packs with more attachments, or simpler ones that are not modular. I have found when traveling, this bag fits perfectly under bus/plane seats and even in thin lockers when you detach any front accessories. It's the ultimate pack if you need flexibility and never sure where you are going to have to store it. While a great everyday pack, but it's pretty pricey, especially when you start with the add-ons. I just have the folio accessory. Also, there are no double zippers or any way to secure any of your stuff if you need to leave your bag. If you want ultimate durability and flexibility, this is the best modular backpack on the market in my opinion.
After wanting to try minimalist shoes, I bought these. I will say hands down these are best shoes I've ever worn. It's like wearing slippers. They are durable, sticky bottom for traction, and allow my feet better contact with the ground due to the zero drop (no heal cushion), thin sole, and no extra padding. As a a result, I've notice better posture, less lower back, hip, and knee pain when walking around for a long time, and also stronger ankle strength. Tip: It will take some time to get the bottoms of your feet calloused enough to be comfortable, took me about 3 months and now I won't wear non-zero drop shoes anymore. DO NOT run long distances with these until your feet get adjusted and you change your running posture or you will likely injure yourself.
Impressive sound, clear with decent bass. Compact, fits well, especially if replacing the tips, and crazy cheap so you can buy several in case they break while you're away. Note: Link is for 2-pack. Get a backup.
One of the best electronics related purchases I’ve made. Super comfortable and blocks out noise very well. No need for expensive, large, uncomfortable over-the-ear noise canceling headphones. Use with any ear buds that have removable silicon tips. I can literally wear headphones all day. Plus being able to now use ear buds saves a ton of space. The silicon tips are uncomfortable, but these are game changing.
Great tiny ear bud holder. Hard shell provides protection and has netted pocket to keep cable under control when opened. Carabiner useful to clip on bag or belt loop.
A must have for emergencies with a smartphone or tablet. Useful during trekking, hiking, or other remote places with no power outlets. Small, but charges an iPhone 5 about twice and Nexus 7 once. Takes a few hours for it to charge up, but very quick to charge a device. I got one with an extra iPhone cable so I have the powerbank, 1 micro usb cable, and 1 lightning cable all together and those are the only charging cables I need. you can get without the lightning cable for a few dollars less.
Wall charger for USB chargeable devices. Provides surge and short circuit protection from power surges and is smaller/lighter than a mini surge protector. Tip: Takes the place of multiple adapters and only needs one country adapter for the wall. Also a version is available with 4 USB ports.
The best car phone holder period. Adjustable for different size phones, and they also make a model for phablets. Hooks right into your vent with two sizes to support thin and thick vents. Can also use to prop your phone on your desk.
Use this to backup your photos, contacts, and music without taking up valuable space on your iPhone. If you have a 16GB iPhone, a 16GB Leef iBridge will give you the same storage space for $50 less than upgrading to the iPhone 32GB version. Also comes in larger capacities. App allows for automatic backup and streaming from the device to listen to music, view photos, or any other documents you put on there since it just's a flash drive with a lightning connector.
USB 3.0 so, it's fast. Very small so you can throw into a small pocket or attach to a key chain. Tons of space for pictures, video, files, audio, anything really. I used it to back up pictures, but also kept some movies on it that I could use with the OTG cable to watch on my tablet, extra music, downloaded podcasts, and also to print documents from hotel/hostel front desks for boarding passes, travel documents, visa approvals. I preferred this to sending these sensitive documents to them via email when they can just print from the flash drive. More secure and easier.
Everyone needs an external backup drive for your PC in the event your crashes. This Seagate drive is super slim, lightweight, and massive in capacity. You shouldn't need more than 2TB unless you have a lot of media. Super fast transfer speed using USB 3.0.
If you're easily annoyed by earbud cable management, this will keep things nice and tidy. The metal "magnet" doesn't work as well as advertised, but it keeps things in order nonetheless.
If you love live shows but your ears can't take the punishment, these are a godsend. Normal ear plugs muffle the sound and look ridiculous. These are a bit more inconspicuous, plus they maintain clarity while reducing the overall volume so you can still enjoy the beautiful sounds as you would normally without damaging your ears. I take these anytime I go to a show or bar with live music. I've had these for years and recently noticed there are newer models that are even more inconspicuous.