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What's in my bag? — Christopher Dillon

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What's in my ... ?

June 23 · Issue #108 · View online

Each week, one interesting person shares four favorite things in their bag or in their desk or fridge or closet or wherever they keep things.


I’m a Hong Kong–based writer, photographer and diver. Each activity has a separate bag, but commonly used items are carried in a mesh pouch that moves from my briefcase to my scuba kit and the backpack that carries my photo gear. — Christopher Dillon

My briefcase is a WaterField Designs “Muzetto” [pictured], the backpack is a 5.11 Tactical “Rush” and most of my dive gear fits into a Pelican “Air 1615”.
Johnson & Johnson oil control film. Perfect for unexpected video interviews and portraits.
Audio Technica ATH-IM50 earphones tick all the boxes: Good sound quality, durable construction, comfortable and good background noise isolation. A wire “hanger” keeps them in position when you are in motion. Cheap enough that I don’t worry about losing or damaging them. Japanese import.
Zebra Airfit ballpoint pen. Pre-Covid, I used to travel regularly to Japan. No trip was complete without a visit to Itoya to stock up on pens and other supplies. It’s “kid in a candy store” territory for me, because Japanese manufacturers understand the tactile nature of writing, even with inexpensive pens.
The mesh pouch was originally a Scandinavian Airlines in-flight amenities kit. The snap, which lets me hang the pouch from a loop inside my briefcase and backpack, was re-purposed from packaging from an underwater fiber optic cable.
What's in your ...?
We want to hear about unusual and unusually useful items that you have in your desk, bag, closet, fridge or where ever you keep things. It can be anything really: work bag, pantry shelf, beauty drawer, toolbox, etc. Start by sending an email to claudia@cool-tools.org with a photo of the things in your chosen space (you can use your phone). If you get a reply from us, fill out the form. We’ll pay you $50 if we run your submission in our What’s in my …? newsletter and blog.
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