bags http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7055/all en-US 9 Items City-Dwelling Dudes Should Keep in Their Bags http://www.wisebread.com/9-items-city-dwelling-dudes-should-keep-in-their-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-items-city-dwelling-dudes-should-keep-in-their-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mikey_man_bag.jpg" alt="Man wearing a bag" title="Man wearing a bag" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every urban guy who counts on public transportation &mdash; and his own two feet &mdash; to get from point A to B knows that a good satchel is essential.</p> <p>Granted, carrying that bag around day in and day out can be a nuisance, but it&rsquo;s required, if only because we no longer have the luxury of junking up the back seat of our SUVs like our suburban buddies.</p> <p>Which type of bag you choose &mdash; backpack, one-shoulder, murse &mdash; is up to you, but the contents should remain the same: practical, no-nonsense items that can stop the bleeding, feed the beast, and help you avoid the walk of shame. Even in the rain.</p> <h3>Umbrella</h3> <p>I&rsquo;ve been caught in a storm plenty of times, and it never fails that I forgot my umbrella. Frankly, that's the last thing I think to bring along when I&rsquo;m cross-checking my bag. Having learned my lesson again and again, now I keep a small pocket umbrella tucked away in the bottom of my attaché. Better safe than soggy.</p> <h3>Dining/Activity Coupons</h3> <p>This might sound silly to some, but I keep a whole slew of <a href="http://www.restaurant.com">Restaurant.com</a> gift certificates and clipped coupons from the <a href="http://www.entertainment.com/discount/home.shtml">Entertainment Book</a>&nbsp;on hand. It&rsquo;s very convenient to choose a place to eat or relax after a long day of traveling the city when there&rsquo;s 50% off or buy one, get one free at my fingertips.</p> <h3>Snacks (Non-Chocolate, Non-Crushable)</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ll save money if you pack your own snacks, because you won&rsquo;t be tempted to indulge as you pass the newsstands or convenience stores on every corner. A dollar here and a dollar there really adds up. Hard and gummy candies and other sturdy snacks (they should be able to withstand the wear and tear of travel) are also great while you&rsquo;re waiting, like in the doctor&rsquo;s office or, say, when the subway shuts down and you&rsquo;re trapped for a few hours. It happens &mdash; and you&rsquo;ll never be hungrier than in those ostensibly life-or-death first moments.</p> <h3>Pens/Pencils</h3> <p>Seems obvious, right? It is. Which might be why I pull my hair out every time I can&rsquo;t find one. The worst is when I get to the ATM to make a deposit and all the chained-to-the-desk pens are missing. Now I store five or six at a time in my bag. Gotta put that money in the bank, folks.</p> <h3>Clean Underwear</h3> <p>Two reasons: A) after the gym, and B) the morning after. We never seem to think those situations through, do we?</p> <h3>Business Cards</h3> <p>An extra stash means that you won&rsquo;t miss out on important opportunities, potential new clients, and impressing that hot guy or girl you&rsquo;ve got your eye on at the end of the bar. Think about it this way, too: You come across rather unprofessional when someone asks for a card and you can&rsquo;t come up with one. Makes you look like an amateur in a room full of power players.</p> <h3>Antibacterial Wipes</h3> <p>Roll your eyes all you want, but I promise you this is the single most important part of a properly packed carryall. I use mine after meals, when I&rsquo;m sweaty, and to sanitize after a subway ride, among other things; they instantly make me feel fresh and clean when no restroom is available to wash up. I buy mine in packs of five 48-count cylinders for about $10 at my local wholesale club, but space-saving options (smaller packs) are available at your nearest convenience or grocery store.</p> <h3>First-Aid Supplies</h3> <p>You&rsquo;d be surprised how many situations require rubber gloves and Band-Aids. I&rsquo;ve been in circumstances where people are bleeding, and I often need adhesive bandages to relieve the chafing that the backs of my shoes cause when I don&rsquo;t wear socks. It&rsquo;s just good form to be prepared. Your first-aid kit doesn&rsquo;t have to take up a lot of space, either. Just throw a few necessities in a Ziploc bag and tuck it away. Hopefully you&rsquo;ll never need it, but if you do, it&rsquo;ll save the day.</p> <h3>Extra Phone Charger</h3> <p>My phone dies at the most inopportune times &mdash; like right when I&rsquo;m supposed to meet my husband at a crowded place &mdash; so I&rsquo;m sure yours does, too. It&rsquo;s the one thing that throws me into a panic because I don&rsquo;t want people to think I stood them up, or worse, that something has happened to me. Now I keep an extra USB charger in my bag, so I can plug in wherever I&rsquo;m at, and I carry a rechargeable battery to juice up even quicker. Expect your friends to pat you on the back too when you save their hides from lack of power. What a guy.</p> <p><em>What item(s) do you keep in your bag at all times &mdash; and why? Let me know in the comments section.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-items-city-dwelling-dudes-should-keep-in-their-bags&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Items%2520City-Dwelling%2520Dudes%2520Should%2520Keep%2520in%2520Their%2520Bags%2520%25281%2529.jpg&amp;description=9%20Items%20City-Dwelling%20Dudes%20Should%20Keep%20in%20Their%20Bags"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Items%20City-Dwelling%20Dudes%20Should%20Keep%20in%20Their%20Bags%20%281%29.jpg" alt="9 Items City-Dwelling Dudes Should Keep in Their Bags" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-items-city-dwelling-dudes-should-keep-in-their-bags">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-live-in-a-big-city-on-a-small-town-budget">How to Live in a Big City on a Small-Town Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-cure-chronic-procrastination-you-should-try-now">The Easy Way to Cure Chronic Procrastination You Should Try Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/city-shopping-finding-your-new-frugal-home">City Shopping: Finding Your New Frugal Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Organization bags city life preparedness Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:01:05 +0000 Mikey Rox 470797 at http://www.wisebread.com DIY Berlin Style http://www.wisebread.com/diy-berlin-style <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/diy-berlin-style" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/berlin_thing.jpg" alt="Berlin Graffiti wall" title="Berlin Graffiti wall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I am a believer in the idea that wealth can stunt personal creativity. When you can buy it all, what’s the need to invent anything? </p> <p class="MsoNormal">When I was a kid my mother forbade me from playing with makeup. But I wanted to so badly that I chopped up the insides of my color pencils to a fine dust and turned them into eyeshadow and blush.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Of course those wild invention days are over now that I am entitled to buy my own cosmetics, but I’m still, and will always be, a fan of DIY. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the greatest parts about traveling is being inspired and finding new ideas and fixes for everyday life. And in Berlin, I couldn’t help feeling thrilled at the creativity that percolated from the mix of youth, artists and students living in a fashionable and historic city. Combine these minds with shoestring budgets, and you get some of the most vibrant DIY ideas all around the city. Of course, many of these can’t be replicated exactly, but they do get the brain juices flowing.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Drink pouch purse:</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I saw one like this hanging in my host&#39;s kitchen. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/juice_bag.jpg" alt="juice bag" width="330" height="440" /> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is a great way to recycle and indulge your arts-and-crafts urges. I’ve actually seen these around in the U.S. but maybe I didn’t notice them as much in the local Urban Outfitters, where novelty trumps practicality. It’s a little too kitsch for me to tote around as an everyday purse, but can be great for the beach or to carry groceries. Learn how to make one of your own <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Capri-Sun-Purse">here</a> (sewing machine needed).</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Re-used vintage furniture:</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Much of the charm of Berlin comes from the mismatched furniture you see in the various bars and cafes. According to my Berliner host, much of the East is inhabited by students and those who have little money. So instead of shooting over to the local IKEA, the locals have actually picked up bits and pieces from flea markets and, if necessary, revamped them.<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Berlin_Jopunk_039.jpg" alt="sofas berlin" width="330" height="440" />.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Like these tweed chairs here.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wall Paint:</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Some of it is just graffiti, but interesting nonetheless. I wouldn’t have thought of many of these color combinations on my own. I&#39;m not sure I would paint my own house the same way, but it shows how paint can add life to otherwise ordinary walls.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Berlin_Jopunk_028.jpg" alt="berlin paint 1" width="440" height="330" /> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Berlin_Jopunk_044.jpg" alt="berlin paint 2" width="330" height="440" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>A Little Mint:</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I was surprised how a little mint in my tap water could make me so happy on a hot, summer day. I’m not a big fan of lemon, so this was a nice, different touch.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Berlin_Jopunk_034.jpg" alt="mint water" width="440" height="330" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Surrounded by some good carrot cake and green lime beer -- and more examples of spruced up furniture.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>And…the random invention:</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Berlin_Jopunk_037.jpg" alt="truck crate wall" width="440" height="330" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A pile of shipping crates or a funky door? It was funny to see “Hanjin”, a label I’ve seen many times rolling on trains and trucks, as part of an entrance to a concert venue/bar.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After all this, I was motivated to do some of my own DIY. I decided to make my own postcards out of the cool fliers I found in the bars and cafes around town. Sorry, I ran out of batteries before I could snap pics of them, but I can say they were much more interesting than the touristy European church postcards at your local souvenir store. Just glue some writing paper on the back and post and send as normal!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joann-hong">Joann Hong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-berlin-style">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-old-furniture-shine-with-these-simple-refinishing-tricks">Make Old Furniture Shine With These Simple Refinishing Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-ways-to-reuse-old-towels">19 Ways to Reuse Old Towels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug">37 Brilliant Ways to Reuse an Empty Milk Jug</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-uses-for-empty-cereal-boxes">19 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY arts and crafts bags berlin DIY Do It Yourself Europe furniture reuse Tue, 24 Jul 2007 10:25:27 +0000 Joann Hong 886 at http://www.wisebread.com