I’ve been a fan of small bags for a really long time. I think it started when I moved from a small iPhone 5s to the bigger 6s Plus.
For me it is fairly simple, the stuff I’d like to bring with me most of the time is larger than what I can fit in my pockets. It was easier back when I used to use coats and jackets with more larger pockets. But I haven’t really been using that in years at this point.
Where I use a sling or one of my smaller bags is when I can’t fit things in my pockets, but it would be weird or annoying to bring a regular bag. And a lot of the time I just put my sling in a larger bag since it usually has most of the stuff I always want to have with me.
So a while back I started to look into slings. Mostly to have a place to put keys, wallet and phone when I was wearing something without a lot of pockets. Typically a thing when I wear running tights. As always I started to look at the places I usually buy bags and things like that from and ended up going with a Belroy Mini Lite.
For this use I wanted something as small and compact as possible, but I’ll probably get another larger one at some point.
It features on large compartment, a smaller one on the front, plus a small pocket on the side and one on the back of the large one. And a really cool magnetic mechanism on the strap.
This far I’m really happy with it, and all of it works really great. The one thing I miss is to have two of each of the pockets inside the large one.
My typical carry looks something like this:
- Sunglasses or regular glasses
- Various phone accessories (pop sockets, etc)
- Tiny pocket knife
- Dog bags
- Passport Travelers Notebook
- 2-3 pens
- Various other tiny items
- Sometimes a MagSafe battery
Typically I only put keys in the front pocket because things often fall out as I pull out the keys if I put more stuff in it. In the big compartment I typically put the dog bags in the side pocket and flashlight and similar small items in the back pocket and leave the rest in the main one.
It works really great for me, and have kind of become a thing I bring everywhere that just contains all the stuff I always bring with me. Often I just throw it in another bag, and sometimes I wear it as a sling.