I guess when you’re stuck somewhere in your own process, you can’t help but wonder how others do what they do. I regularly get asked by graduate students and undergrads what I carry. I think they think that I must always have a computer with me. Or a lot of other technology or impressive gear.
Apart from wallet and keys, here’s what I carry:
And that’s pretty much it. If I have a backpack with me, it will have an assortment of other things in it — pens, bandaids, photos of my wife and daughter, a kerchief of some kind, a large notepad, a file folder or two, usually at least one book — but at its core, in my mind, will be these three things.