By Chris Bent
There are few things men make sure they have before leaving the house. Keys- you wouldn’t get far without them, assuming you drive. Cell Phone- how the hell did my parents ever do it. And wallet- The 2”x3” fold of leather ceremoniously tucked in the same pocket before going out that’s your ticket to the world. Besides these three essentials, everything else lies in a grey area where shoes become a suggestion and pants are advised.
This list has been refined to the absolute essentials because space is the biggest factor. In researching this, I happened upon articles detailing the 10 things you should always have in your PURSE including backup shoes, a water bottle, magazine and an umbrella...an enormous umbrella. How posh. Men don’t have the pleasure of two gallon cargo pants, nor would it be a pleasure. I want to carry what I need and nothing more. I don’t care if it's cloudy with a chance of meatballs, I’m not bringing a fork.
Credit/Debit Card- Everybody above the age where they would rather have one dollar than one hundred pennies probably already carries one of these in their wallets. A fixture of capitalism, keep one or two around to provide a means to do all the fun things you want, all while hindering would-be muggers without Square card readers.
License- Like a fine wine, your license gets more valuable as it ages- so take good care of it. This is your ticket to fun between the ages of 16-23, a chore to get out between 23-30, then serves as a reminder of just how young you looked. I wouldn’t wish an unnecessary trip to the RMV on my worst enemy, so keep it safe or better yet, order an extra for about $20 and keep the spare at your house so you will never have to go without.
AAA Card- If I had a nickel for every time AAA has to come to my rescue, I would have a dime. I drive a rather reliable car and have never had a flat tire, but the times I have needed them have made the $15 well worth it. The card covers the person, not the vehicle so keep it in your wallet for ease of mind that follows you everywhere.
Cash- It is always a good idea to carry a small amount of cash on your person at all time. Unforeseen cab rides, those "cash only" restaurants that are always so delicious, or a tag-sale gem, there are still those places in the world where only cash cuts it. Having $20 at all times will get you out of most jams.
Library Card- This magical card grants you access to vast volumes of knowledge, large work spaces and free public restrooms. It will cost you 10 minutes, a signature and photocopy of your license so be sure to budget and plan ahead. I struggle to find a reason not to get a card unless you happen to be bibliophobic. Then don’t. To find your closest public library so you can get your read on, go here.
Passport Card- Suggested as a backup identification when traveling abroad, these identification cards can get you on a plane to any U.S. state or province without a passport. Good to keep one in a safe, accessible place, or in your wallet, they also hold the title as most badass looking form of identification.
Business cards- If pitbulls and posses beget street cred, business cards beget professional cred. You can purchase 100 for only $10 and are essential for anyone where networking is important to their job (everyone). Plus, it’s the easiest way to exchange contact information at the office, bar, concert, etc.
The thing that didn’t make the list:
Condoms- Keeping a condom in your wallet at all times, while great to be optimistic, can be unsafe. The abuse a wallet takes in being sat on, thrown around and dropped is more wear and tear than the latex is designed for. It’s best to keep one in your pocket when you’re feeling lucky, which also avoids the “circle of life” imprint it can permanently leave in the leather when left in too long.
Pro Tip: To avoid accidentally pulling it out when fumbling in your pocket for the cab fare, wear tall socks and roll the top down over your preferred prophylactic. This will hold it securely while remaining out of the way. Plus, socks only come off at the end of the night, just when you need it ;)
I hope you found this blog useful for organizing your wallet to always be prepared whatever life throws your way. If you found this interesting, you might also like the multitool that fits in your wallet.
P.S. I'm Chris, and this was my first ever blog post. Firstly I'd like to thank you for reading so I'm not just publicly talking to myself and secondly, please feel free to leave any thoughts!