For a long time, I carried no purse, only a wallet in my back pocket, like a man. This was because I drove a motorcycle, and it is most convenient to travel light under those circumstances.
Later, when I had a car, I started carrying a purse and then a BACKPACK full of stuff. It got entirely out of hand. I carried several books, a novel, a poetry book, a few field guides, a flashlight, my wallet, my checkbook, a couple water bottles, spare batteries, lip balm, dimes and quarters, a comb, a brush, a note pad, a camera, a journal, a small computer, and a lot of other stuff. It got even worse when I had babies. Then I had the backpack and a diaper bag full of diapers, pins, rubber pants, baby oil, baby powder, toys and rattles. At least I never needed to carry formula, since I was a nursing mother.
I'm riding a motorcycle again and have discovered I can get along pretty well without much of the stuff I'd gotten in the habit of carrying. I do wear jeans with big pockets though, so I can carry a phone, a small computer, a camera, a pair of classes, a pen, a marker, a hanky, spare change, my wallet and so on. I just need a smaller flask-shaped water bottle though. One I could put in my back pocket. I used to have one in my old motorcycle days, but it has long-since disappeared.
Must Carry Meme: things I simply MUST carry with me, in order of importance. If you're visit me here, post your own!
1)camera. That's the most important item on my must have list
2)computer, the next most important thing. I carry a small palmtop (Psion) for writing poems and stories, jotting down notes etc)
3)hanky (not as important as it used to be before I gave up dairy. Better than tissues as it is washable and never shreds. Works even if wet.)
4)pen--in case I need to write something (I usually have several of these, a marker or two and a pencil of possible)
5)wallet with cash, ID, credit cards (I usually have this with me, but not always. If I got out with Keith, I don't always carry it)
6)glasses--I carry some in a small tubular case for emergency reading of small print
8)change--because I forget to charge the cell phone, also for parking meters which I avoid using whenever possible
1)paper (what good is a pen without it? (But I can't figure out a good way to carry it in my pocket without shredding it)
2)water--no solution to that either. Doesn't fit in my pocket and, as Neil Young says, "In my new life, I am traveling light."
3)ID--even when I go out with K, but how, if I have a dress with no pockets and hate purses?
1)CPAP--can't breathe without it--try traveling light with THAT!
2)Meds--I never used to take any but now I take 2, synthroid and Lescol
3)sundries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, barrettes, hair bands, shampoo, canditioner)
4)special food (becase of my allergies)
5)and all of the above/camping gear if camping