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March 10th, 2003

The European Carry-All

Darn it, I’m starting to need a European carry-all.

When you think about it, men have a lot of stuff to carry – and sometimes, not many pockets. The wallet takes care of bills, cards, and soda crackers; plus it conveniently fits in a pocket so one can sit on it all day and develop a hernia. But what about the other stuff you might have?

For instance, I would like to have my wallet, pocket change, an MP3 player, a camera, some moist towelettes, my keys, and maybe some Chap Stick with me at all times. Now, while I probably could do it with the pockets in my slacks and jacket, there’s no way that it’s going to work during the summer. A European carry-all seems like a nice solution.

Darn it.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: vlm
DATE: Monday March 10, 2003 -- 10:30:58 am
My husband is forever storing things in *my* European carryall; my father learned to use a camera bag--with camera--as his excuse. Downside: looking like a tourist.

FROM: merv
DATE: Monday March 10, 2003 -- 11:39:48 am
"A European carry-all seems like a nice solution. "

i've got a better solution... i let my girlfriend carry my stuff.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday March 10, 2003 -- 3:11:14 pm
Any man who seriously considers owning one of these also needs a pink hankie.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Monday March 10, 2003 -- 5:25:46 pm, Chapstik? If I'm on vacation, MAYBE I'd get something like that..I'd rather just downsize the amount of stuff I'm carrying. (Leave the change at home).

And moist towelettes???

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday March 10, 2003 -- 8:16:15 pm
Dave: And moist towelettes???

Be prepared!

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday March 10, 2003 -- 9:12:10 pm
You need the moist towlette incase you eat a Krispy Kreme donut on the run!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday March 10, 2003 -- 11:11:20 pm
Or in case you need to help a towing guy attach your car to his truck!

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Wednesday March 12, 2003 -- 9:02:02 am
Isn't this what "cargo" pants/shorts are for? ;)

Oh, and I don't get a hernia from my wallet, then again I carry it in my front pocket. It has the added advantage of making it hard to be pick-pocketed too (unless you let them get "THAT" friendly), plus the pockets are far larger so there's room to have a big ol' wad of dough in it (if you should be so lucky). ;)

I don't carry moist towelettes... but I do carry pens, two sets of keys (for 5 cars and the house, split between two rings), and my pocket with the wallet often becomes it's own sort of piggy bank with more spare change than a lot of cash registers hold.

Oh and Krispy Kreme... :-P Blech... I'll stick with DD or Tim Horton's. Boutique doughnut shops that taste like "FRESHER" Jewel doughnuts aren't my bag.

FROM: nolita
DATE: Wednesday March 12, 2003 -- 9:47:20 am
I think I have the solution for your problem...there's a vest I saw on tech t.v. in december with tons and tons of's made of water proof microfiber and can even hold your laptop...I don't remember the manufacturer but you could probably check with the tech t.v. website and find all the info you need...if it's not just there you could probably post in a forum...the show was fresh gear.

FROM: nolita
DATE: Wednesday March 12, 2003 -- 9:49:54 am
P.S. to the previous message you're not really in trouble till you think you need to get a bro (you watch Seinfeld so I figure you get the picture)

FROM: Herb
DATE: Thursday July 3, 2003 -- 12:41:37 pm
Many men use these European carry all style bags disguised as something else. fannypacks, backpacks etc. There his no shame in admitting that you need just a little more room for your stuff. I carry my wallet, checkbook, MP3 player, magazines, Gameboy, Pocket Pc and yes some chapstick too. I alternate between a small Timberland shoulder bag and my larger Eastpack backpack depending on the amount of junk that I need to have. I am secure in my manhood, but I must admit that some Lever 2000 antibacterial wipes have ended up in my bag. Peace

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