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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

What's in Your Wallet?

The Humble Wallet

Your humble wallet/purse goes with you practically everywhere you go, but it doesn't just have to be relegated to carrying your cards and coins around.

There are a plethora of credit card gizmos you can get these days, from a swiss army knife card to survival cards that contain arrow heads and fishing hooks!!

I don't carry anything quite that James Bondsy, but I do keep a few things in mine that help out from time to time.

Wallet EDC
Wallet Ninja
The wallet ninja is a great take on the credit card survival tool, it has pretty much everything you are likely to need in an everyday situation and is well worth the credit card slot in your wallet that it will occupy.

Wallet Ninja Card Tool

BooBoo Kit
Sooner or later a cut scrape or headache threatens to ruin a day out. We carry a fully stocked First Aid kit in the house, the car and in my backpack, but to cover me for the times when I am not immediately near one of the kits I also have a couple of plasters and a couple of aspirin in my wallet. I don't normally take aspirin for headaches when we're at home, but after reading that it can save the life of someone suffering a heart attack I switched to carrying aspirin when out and about in case, gods forbid, the day comes when it might help someone else. The plasters seem worthless carrying as an adult, since if I cut myself if it is minor enough to be solved with a plaster it can probably wait until I get to the nearest first aid kit. The reason I carry them is because once upon a time Logan fell over and scraped his knee, nothing serious but he became pretty hysterical (he was barely more than a toddler at the time) and our plasters were in the car kit quite a distance away, luckily a helpful stranger had plasters on them and instantly stopped the tears. Ever since that day I have carried plasters with me everywhere as much for other peoples children as my own.

Wallet BooBoo Kit
CardSharp
I had seen the cardsharp doing the rounds online and never thought much of them, thinking them to be flimsy gimmicky junk. To be completely honest they ARE flimsy gimmicky junk! I was given one as a gift from a friend who had ordered a boat load of them online, and once you accept them for what they are the Cardsharp isn't all that bad. Sure, I wouldn't want to rely on it as my only knife in a survival situation, as somewhat of a knife aficionado I have plenty of tried and trusted quality blades, but would I rather have the Cardsharp than nothing? Of course! You're not going to be processing firewood with it, fighting off bears or carving wooden cups with it granted, but it is a very sharp piece of steel that is excellent for slicing things open and doing light duty tasks when there is nothing else available. Better to have it and not need it that's what I always say.  Just be sure to remove it from your wallet before attempting to board an airplane!

Card Sharp Credit Card Knife
Fresnel Lens
It weighs nothing, it costs next to nothing but what actually is it?
A fresnel lens is essentially a lens that has been engraved in to a thin piece of plastic, essentially turning it into a lightweight and flexible magnifying glass. These are great for reading small text, inspecting bugs with the kids and also if you REALLY REALLY need to then yes you can start a fire with them too using the sun (if you're lucky enough to have sunshine!). 

Credit Card Fresnel Lens
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15 comments

  1. all I have is money, debit card and road side recovery card, the only other thing is an ICE contact card (in case of emergency)and my driving license everything else like pocket knife, cable ties, scissors and other odd bits and bobs plasters, string are in my bag or pocket :-)

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    1. I'd be here for hours if I did a show and tell on all the things I carry outside of the wallet haha

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  2. Never seen a wallet Ninja before, thanks for showing. I've heard of using a credit card to scrape the ice off car windscreens but that's it. I haven't any exciting survival items in my purse but my handbag has got many 'essentials'. Probably won't help you survive though, unless you require hair brushing and teeth flossing etc.
    I agree with you about the plasters, these are handy to carry. One of my boys was always falling over and these certainly helped the trauma, out of sight out of mind - sort of.

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    1. they put a magic coating on the plasters at the factory that instantly anesthetizes childrens injuries on application ;)

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  3. what a great post! but all i really want to know is how do i get one of your wallets for jambaloney? i can't find your etsy page on the blog???

    sending love to you all. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. www.thorsthreads.etsy.com although we don't sell wallets at the moment, a couple of people have asked me after seeing mine so I guess it's something I should look into.

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    2. please do look into making wallets...jambaloney would love one of those things and i don't care what it will cost! love to you guys! xoxox

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  4. Sounds like you're ready for all emergencies. I have a box of plasters in my bag just in case my shoes rub, nothing worse than limping home!

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    1. plasters are one of those little items that you don't need often but they are a godsend if you have them ready when they're needed! they weigh so little and take up no extra space, it's a no brainer to carry them

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  5. So many things in such a tiny wallet!! but you are ready for all situations...

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    1. If I ever do a show and tell on my day bag you will be amazed at the stuff I manage to cram in there, and it prepares me for almost anything :)

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  6. On the principle that I'm always where my car is (unless I'm in the woods) then I suppose plasters are always within easy reach. Otherwise my wallet is very dull; paper money and plastic cards.

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    1. I suppose soon it'll be plastic money too!

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  7. That knife looks vicious - useful, but vicious!

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