Have you ever wondered what people carry around with them? If ever asked, many would simply respond with the following items wallet, keys and driver’s license. Even though they are correct, you’d be still surprised how many individuals carry with them non-essential and non-urgent items in their purses, pockets or bags. From health and social insurance cards to hand sanitizers to even a stress ball, people are known to carry things they do not really need throughout the day. Surveying 100 people, here are the top 10 items many individuals carry with them, essential and non-essential. Raise your hand if you recognize one or two.
Whether it is to your house, to your car or to your office, keys are essential part of travelling. Without keys, individuals will be lost. They may be locked out of their house on their way home or out of their office if they are the first to enter. Usually people have a key chain or a necklace with all the essential keys that they take with them wherever they go. This necklace keeps them from losing their valuable items.
2. Wallets and Purses:
Where can anyone go without their wallet or purse? It keeps all the credit cards, money, driver’s license, cosmetics and sometimes cell phones in a safe storage. Many use their wallets and purses to go shopping, buy food or go to a restaurant. Unless people are on an all-inclusive resort in the middle of the Caribbean, they will need money at least once per day.
3. Pen and Paper:
People never know when they will need the following two items. They may receive a call from a client or a doctor, or may meet someone they haven’t seen in years. When digging for things in their pockets or purses they find paper and pen to write things down. Sometimes when individuals cannot find a blank piece of paper, they write on bills and scrap receipts they carry for long periods of time.
4. Cell Phone:
Wherever anyone goes, they need this telecommunication device. Many carry it for business purposes while others use it to keep in touch with family members who are spread out throughout the day. Many people place this device in their pockets, purses or have a small case to attach it to belts. Others attach a handless Bluetooth they use while driving, since it is illegal to talk and drive in various countries such as Canada and United States.
Throughout the day many people need to take medicine. If they are not home many people bring with them a small tab or organizer to help them take medicine at the right times. These are one of the most essential items many take whether it is a puffer or a tablet for blood pressure. Without them people could die.
Whether it is a packed lunch or a snack (i.e., an apple), people tend to carry food with them on a daily basis. Food is an essential part of life and everyone needs to have something to eat in order to survive. If everyone ate out every day they would be broke. As such, they resort to packing food with them to carry to school, to work and other places. Usually food is packed away in a lunch bag people carry on the side or a shopping bag which they store in a school bag or briefcase.
7. Driver’s License/Health Card/Social Insurance Card:
Are people visiting a hospital and a doctor every day? It is quite understandable if someone brings their driver’s license. Why do people need non-essential cards which take up space in their pockets, purses etc.? Even more awkward is when people carry other family members’ social insurance and health cards. It only creates a hassle for those who lose their wallets and purses. The money and bills one racks up to replace such important cards are phenomenal. If you don’t need them then don’t bring them. That should be the simple rule.
8. Hand Sanitizer:
With Sars, Swine Flu and other influenza viruses, ministries and departments of health have advised the public to make use of hand sanitizers. These items come in small packages and easily fit in one’s pocket or purse. Although they do not kill all the germs, it is still the best alternative to nothing. It contains rubbing alcohol which kills most germs on hands. If you are in a washroom and there is no soap, hand sanitizer can assist you.
Whether it is sunglasses or reading glasses these are also popular carry-ons. People need them to drive, read and complete essential tasks. Without them, people are essentially blind and will resort to squinting, which further ruin their eyes.
As much as it is funny and humiliating to say, it is true. Anyone who goes to a party does not forget to bring with them one essential item, a condom. This essential item is important when you know you are going to a party or a date. Even if it is the first date and people do not know each other, they bring one or two just in case. Better yet, many parents slip the item inside a purse or pocket to protect their children.