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Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,144
It's my turn again & since my two eldest have decided to be awake at ridiculous o'clock, I figured I may as well post this week's question.

Some 13 years ago, my then girlfriend (now my wife) went on a trip back to her home in South Africa.
While she was there, she picked me up a present- a micro Leatherman. It has remained on my keyring in my back pocket since. If ever I happen to go out of the house without it, I really notice the empty space where it should be.

So- the question:
What thing can you not leave the house without (beyond the obvious keys, cash, cards etc)?
Polybag from the pile to the winner.

Volunteers very much needed- drop Snowhitie a message if you can host a week



  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,672
    edited August 2018
    Thanks for hosting! Good question.

    I think it falls into the obvious category but the only thing I can think of is my phone, and I hate that I feel crippled without it. It's not even a smart phone and in many ways I really dislike a lot of the things it represents to me...
    I was capable of functioning as a adult without it twenty years ago, but we are so plugged in now, I miss that sense of being uncontactable, not an irresponsible sort of way though. Is it freedom without it?

  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 Member Posts: 1,827
    my pocket knife, and phone.
  • FodderFodder Member Posts: 351
    Lip balm. Don’t use it that often, but really miss it when I leave it at home...
  • historymanhistoryman Member Posts: 377
    A packet of polos - even if they are just to offer around to everyone else. 
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,261

    It's a toss up between chap stick (lip balm perhaps?) and my pocket knife.

    My knife so much so that I didn't even think twice about putting it my pocket on my last trip to the airport. It wasn't until I was three people back from the scanners that I realized I had it. I asked a security officer what I needed to do. He said, "if you throw it away now, it's not an issue. If you go through the scanners with it, it's an issue."

    So into the garbage can it went, and a piece of my heart with it.

    ...I had a replacement ordered before I boarded the plane and was waiting for me at home when I returned.

  • TheFewTheFew Member Posts: 1,779
    Totally my phone, else I cannot check the forums every 5 mins!
  • Lego_StarLego_Star Member Posts: 2,144
    My sigfig, though the little keychain box thing I bought in LL Billund to house her broke last month so for just now, she's not visible.

    The other LEGO thing would be the latest CMF leaflet.

    Thanks for hosting @Toc13
  • kezkez Member Posts: 831
    My clothes, gotta remain modest...
  • Addicted2OxygenAddicted2Oxygen Member Posts: 467
    Glasses. I am not going to find the door without them. 
  • stluxstlux Member Posts: 2,450
    My phone. Leaving the house without my wallet would make life a tad more difficult, but reception can let me in to replace the office keycard in my wallet, and with my mobile I can buy lunch or public transport tickets.
    But without my mobile I can't follow this forum, get updates on Lego deals, or be informed of polybag finds!

    Thanks for hosting @Toc13.
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,459
    Not completely to the extent that the question implies, but I almost always have a notebook and pen to hand. At the very least I always have them in my car, and a shoulder bag that I often, but not always carry 
  • alldarkeralldarker Member Posts: 224
    Other than the obvious ones (including phone), I sort of hate leaving the house without my backpack, even when it contains absolutely nothing I need. It's got some useful items, like a beanie hat and and a fold out umbrella, but even if it's stifling hot, I'll still feel like I need the bag with me. 
  • CoviCovi Member Posts: 334
    Cannot leave without a fresh handkerchief in my left (yes, it has to be in my left) pocket.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel Member Posts: 1,313
    This is a good question I can't resist answering, because it made me realise that I actually do this!

    I too have a keyring that I can't leave home without (and thus my keys, but strangely they are less important).  It was given to me as a gift a long time ago, and is a metal piece in the outlined shape of a shark/some kind of whale, and doubles as a bottle opener.  I used to use the bottle opener all the time (the misspent days of youth!) and while I haven't needed it as such for awhile it still has to come with me everywhere.

    I also have a few photographs (five maybe, and mostly instax) from my time in Shanghai with friends, so I carry my friends with me wherever I go :)  I keep those in my travelcard wallet.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,076
    Good question and thanks for hosting @Toc13

    I'm actually one of those people who leaves her wallet behind half of the time, I know I shouldn't but got the husband with me a lot of the time and he's got everything necessary ;) I'm trying to get better at it.

    I can't leave the house with a bottle of water though, I need lots of sips during the day.
  • J0rgenJ0rgen Member Posts: 577
    If I'm taking public transportation, I like to bring a book. It's very satisfying in autumn and winter when I wear a jacket that has large enough inner pockets to hold a small paperback.
  • COOLEGOCOOLEGO Member Posts: 211
    Great question and thanks for hosting @Toc13.

    Besides my lunch which I regularly leave either in the fridge or in the porch at least twice a week, my watch is the one thing I am lost without. It bugs me all day if i've forgotten it.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Bike lights. I tend to pick them up and put them in my bag even if I know I will be home before dark.
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,771
    Hmm, good question.

    Mainly the obvious phone, keys and wallet but during daylight hours whatever time of year my sunglasses so I will always have a spare pare in the correct prescription with me.  And most of the time I carry an actual camera and a mini-fig or two for photo opportunities.

    Thanks for hosting @Toc13
  • ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101
    Besides all the usual, keys, phone, wallet, I'vebeen hauling around my metal double insulated water bottle with mint favored ice water in it.
  • DB361DB361 Member Posts: 299
    Covi said:
    Cannot leave without a fresh handkerchief in my left (yes, it has to be in my left) pocket.
    I'm almost exactly the same except I always have disposable tissues - the idea of reusing the same handkerchief again and again grosses me out a little bit, almost as much as the idea of going out without anything to blow or wipe my nose on should I need to. I just can't figure out how people without anything at all cope!
  • VgangVgang Member Posts: 88
    Surely my phone, and my fitness band!
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks Member Posts: 1,731
    My pants.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,713
    My Leatherman!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,215
    Definitely my phone, but I generally don't leave my house with my passport.  Perhaps I watched too many post-war era spy films, but I always want to 'have my papers'.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    Calculator. I usually carry two.
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman Member Posts: 1,524
    Hand sanitizer it would seem.
  • TheLegoMaster35TheLegoMaster35 Member Posts: 254
    My Fitbit One. Easy to lose however. 
  • SeijiAmasawaSeijiAmasawa Member Posts: 264
    My glasses are my constant companion. I’m never without since I need it to traverse the world. Also my wedding band.
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 Member Posts: 1,009
    I struggled with this question a bit before deciding that I feel super naked without my Garmin GPS watch.  I'm never lost!  :0
  • daniellelego82daniellelego82 Member Posts: 38
    my fitbit, healthy bit of competition at work on the steps count
  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,161
    It's rather difficult to think of an answer for this. My phone would fall into the obvious category. 

    Is checking to make sure the lights are off considered a 'thing'? Or checking to make sure I have my phone/wallet/keys? They're both things I do that I can't leave the apartment without doing. 
  • hoodaddyhoodaddy Member Posts: 315
    Phone and beyond that a hat. I usually wear a hat and feel somewhat naked without one. 
  • arathemisarathemis Member Posts: 596
    My gun....

    Just kidding, I live in europe :)
  • flordflord Member Posts: 797
    My inhaler.
  • benbacardibenbacardi Member Posts: 712
    My phone, definitely! May be one of the obvious, but I feel a little lost without it..
  • norm103norm103 Member Posts: 301
    My glasses 
  • eggsheneggshen Member Posts: 596
    Easy. Uncle Henry pocketknife. Never leave home without it. You never know when you will need to apply stickers to a LEGO set.
  • starwars4everstarwars4ever Member Posts: 489
    My everything machine, a.k.a, my iphone.
  • Speedman29Speedman29 Member Posts: 2,291
    Going to work, its the usual, wallet, keys etc. Out for the day I have a ziplock bag with the hiker CMF ready for photo ops. This was last weekend at a hedge maze we visited while staying with friends.

  • Russell844Russell844 Member Posts: 2,390
    Surprisingly my little pocket knife. I lost it at work for about a week. Until I didn't have it I never realized how often I used it.
  • dannyrwwdannyrww Member Posts: 1,394
    I try to not leave without my head, but I have done this on occasion. 
  • Gibbo1959Gibbo1959 Member Posts: 539
    Thanks for hosting @Toc13. For me it would have to be certain items of jewellery - wedding ring, silver anniversary signet ring, neck chain, wrist bands. I do like a bit of self adornment! 
  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Member Posts: 696
    edited August 2018
    Missed the boat for the last who-knows about many weeks (months?), so hopefully I got this one in time.

    I have a little mental checklist I run through before leaving the house.  If it's a short trip (popping to the shops or going for a wander): wallet, watch, phone, house keys, sunglasses, MP3 player plus a couple of "bags for life" as you never know when you might buy something!! If I'm going a bit further afield, I tend to take a rucksack and include a bottle of water, my Kindle and a few nibbles

    Thanks for hosting @Toc13
  • carnage717carnage717 Member Posts: 166
    Phone and work badge
  • LobotLobot Member Posts: 1,026

    I tend to travel light, so not much generally.

    That said, when I head out into the sticks I usually take my trusty Leatherman Wave which I've had for 15 years+... £100 well spent!

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