Why I Carry a Backpack Everywhere (Urban Backpacking)

On a normal workday you will find my daypack no further a few feet away from me.  When I leave in the morning it’s on my back. When I come home at night, it’s on my back. While I’m at work it sits on the floor next to me. My daypack has become my best friend. If I had a briefcase it would have replaced that or if I ever wore a fanny pack it would have for sure replaced that. My backpack has come in handy more than I would have ever thought. More so now that I have refined its contents.

With my backpack I have fixed ripped clothing, taken pictures of crazy things, prevented myself from falling on my face in the dark, and countless potentially lifesaving actions.

Today the contents of my pack include…

  • Netbook, power cord & netbook softcase
  • 2 Notebooks
  • 2 Pens (one black & one red)
  • Rain cover
  • Yak Trax Pro’s (for when it’s icy)
  • Camera & charger
  • Headlamp
  • Key chain LED flashlight
  • External HD (160gb)
  • Mini USB cord and camera USB cord
  • Business cards (Name, Google Voice Number, Website)
  • Tooth brush, toothpaste, and floss
  • 2 sets of ear plugs
  • Mini sewing kit

I also need to add back in a mini first aid kit. I also usually carry my REI waterproof shell along with whatever I have on that day.

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The one golden rule I have about my backpack is that it is never out of site. I don’t leave it in my truck and I don’t let it sit around without me being around for one simple reason.

Theft

The shop I currently work in takes in used outdoor gear and consigns it. Once a week give or take I’ll get someone that comes in with a list of stuff. On this list are things like jacket, snow pants, snowboard, laptop, etc. On this sheet of paper there is almost always a case number along with a telephone number for a police office. The story is always the same, that their gear was stolen out of their car or truck.

In my truck at this moment is practically nothing. The only items of any value are a roadside emergency kit, a tow strap for pulling people out of ditches and a jack/wrench for changing a tire. The rest of the stuff behind my seats is worth pretty much nothing. My truck doesn’t ever get locked (mostly because it doesn’t lock) because I really hope that someone who wants to break into my truck is smart enough to try the handle first thus saving me the money to buy a new window.

That is why I carry a backpack with me where I go. I’ve included pictures for you viewing pleasure.

The pack is a Deuter Futura 32

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