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    I was curious about the everyday carries of other wheelchair users. I personally use a back pack and carry Germ X wipes, Advil, wallet, planner, wheel tubes, co2 cartridges, gloves, and always an extra set of clothes. What does everyone else carry daily?

    #2
    I carry a backpack with ICs, extra pants, wallet, keys, hanging handicapped tag for riding with others (since I have plates on my van), playing cards, and all the medication I might need (pain meds, imodium, spasm meds).

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      #3
      Just an Invacare pouch under my seat with 3 extra catheters and lube packets along with three extra colostomy bags each wrapped with two paper towels placed inside seperate disposable bags. Along with my wallet and phone. Perhaps there are still a couple of hex wrenches.

      If you carry extra tubes and Co2 cartridges, I trust you also carry a couple tire wrenches to take the tire off the wheel to change the tube.

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        #4
        Yes I also carry the tire wrenches and an air gauge. I have been considering an under the chair bag but I wasn't sure if i would like it. Do you like yours?

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          #5
          Pouch hangs under armrest with med holders as pulls. The med holders has enough of my oral meds for at least 3 days. Keep printed lists in one zippered pocket of pouch with of all diagnoses, meds, hardware inside me and list of doctors I see. Another zippered pocket keep checkbook, $20 cash and inhaler.
          Backpack on back of chair with hygiene products, hand cleaner, set of PJ's, compression socks, change of clothes and various items.
          Phone I keep on waistband holder, wallet in shirt pocket and MedAlert necklace with brief medical problems list also a nitro tab holder.

          Question, I don't carry any insulin on my chair but wonder if anyone does? If so do you worry about heat?
          In my younger and better shaped years I kept insulin in vehicle but took inside when at home.

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            #6
            Under seat pouch with:
            - Two large IC ziplocks each with 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, BZK wipes and 3x compact speedy caths. I'd never use six in a normal outing, but I might forget to re-up. Call is my kanban system.
            - diazepam and tramadol - I almost never take either, but the times I've needed something it's usually urgent.
            - car key (remote, never comes out), wallet and those glasses I'm not wearing

            I don't carry a change of clothes. There's no way I could clean up and change my clothes at my office or any restaurant, etc. I can undress on a well-grab-bar'd toilet but dressing is way harder. I suppose I could request a pt mat as an accommodation

            No CO2 or tubes. Considering putting some goo in them or making a set of tubeless wheel, cyclocross style, with liquid sealant and no tube. Not sure what's available in WC wheel sizes as far as tubeless rims and tires.
            T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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              #7
              When going out with my mother (who had tetraplegia due to MS and used a power chair) we carried her intermittent cath supplies (wipes, catheters, gloves, and a leg bag), cell phone, and her wallet in a underseat bag, and in her backpack, her med-minder box, extra incontinence pads, sun glasses, a jacket, plastic bendy straws, a custom made bib for meals, a gait belt, and her e-reader. No keys because she didn't drive, and we had a combination lock for the front door of the house.

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                Originally posted by MikeP2013 View Post
                Question, I don't carry any insulin on my chair but wonder if anyone does? If so do you worry about heat? In my younger and better shaped years I kept insulin in vehicle but took inside when at home.
                You can get special cases for holding your insulin pens or vials that include a blue ice pack to keep them cool. Here are some examples:

                https://www.totaldiabetessupply.com/...nsulin-coolers

                (KLD)
                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                  #9
                  I carry a few closed system cath kits, tubes and c02 though I am out right now, have not had a flat in some time now. Tools in a tool bag that hangs from the rigidizer bar on the back of my chair money clip a couple of blue tooth speakers and my phone. I have a catch-all under my chair that attaches to the frame. No clothes. I use an attachment as a mode of transportation for the most part. I drive when I have too.

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                    #10
                    I would recommend not keeping your wallet or valuables in a bag that hangs from the back of your chair. I have seen several people robbed; mostly when waiting in line in a crowd or at a concert where you don't really notice someone touching the back of your chair.

                    (KLD)
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                      #11
                      Okay, this is going to be way too intense, brace yourselves. I got super excited when I saw this thread because I've been working on exactly what to carry:


                      Above is my steed, a TiLite ZR. The center of gravity is too far to the rear for my liking so I try to carry everything as forward as possible.

                      1. Key-Bak - First and most obvious in this photo my keys (home, mailbox and work) are attached to a Key-Back retractable keyring which has a retractable cord (I think it's 4-5 feet in length), so I call grab the keys, unlock the door, let the keys go and they retract back into position on their own. I've had this about two years now and it's worked out great, the keyring is tied directly to the frame with a piece of paracord, so as long as I have my chair with me, I have my keys.
                      2. Man Purse - The main black bag there is a Manhattan Portage small DJ bag, I searched for hours and hours until I found what I figured were the best dimensions top mount on the chair right behind my knees, and I think I got it spot on. This essentially functions as my purse with most of my belongings in it.
                      3. Fanny Pack - I tore the label off years ago, but I think it was Eagle Creek or something like that, anyway it was from REI, this is my first and only "piss bag" and has all the essentials for relieving yourself while on the road. When full it holds:
                      -15 Catheters
                      -15 Individual lubricant packets
                      -3 or 4 condom catheters
                      -Spare leg bag and tube
                      4. Paracord - less obvious in the above photo I have a homemade frame protector (currently only on the right side and not the left, because I need to rewrap the left) made of about 120 feet of paracord. It can be removed relatively easily in case I need 120 feet or so of rope for any reason, but the main purpose is to give me more grip on transfers (I grab the upper frame there) and to protect the paint job (in theory, this chair rode for years without any protection, this is more of a trial run so I know how it will work on my next chair).


                      The crevice formed by the excess material of my slingback where it hangs down slightly to cover my plumber's crack makes a convenient little pocket I take advantage of to store a couple things:



                      5. Midori Traveler's Notebook - it's basically a piece of leather with a couple elasticized bands on it to hold notebooks, but I really like the system. I have three custom notebooks made to order with Tomoe River paper (which is friggin amazing paper).
                      6. Pelikan M215 fountain pen - a bit of a pretentious splurge, but I've had this fountain pen for like 7 years now and it's probably written thousands of pages. Currently filled with Baystate Blue ink from Noodlers
                      7. Kindle Paperwhite - in the background you can see my Kindle with a very beatup case. That's because the kindle goes everywhere I do, tucked right behind my ass. It's an amazing little device and I find it quite useful. Well worth the $5 I spent on it when my buddy got the hookup from his friend who works at the pawn shop. If I ever lose it or break it I'll probably pay full price to buy another.

                      On to the contents of the man purse.

                      First and most frequently used is the above Maxpedition micro pouch. Quite convenient for organizing small stuff. You can see the two bucks or so in quarters in the outside pocket.


                      Inside the Maxpedition pouch you can see a variety of useful everyday stuff
                      8. Mini Bic Lighter - in tarheel blue
                      9. Leatherman squirt - useful multitool with pliers. Comes in handy on a regular basis
                      10. Victorinox nail clippers - I thought I was wasting money on these, but they are so small and compact and now they are always with me... I haven't used another set of nail clippers in like a year. I plan to get rid of all my other nail clippers.
                      11. Eyedrops - a recent addition after I started struggling with my contacts recently.
                      12. Toothpaste - the white cap peeking up above the lighter is a small tube I filled with Eco-dent toothpaste, which is a powder, so you don't have to worry about spilling it. Great for refreshing your breath after 15 hours or so at work.
                      13. Compact travel toothbrush - some cheap thing I picked up from Target
                      14. Carmex lip balm
                      15. The converter thingy so my stupid work iphone can use "regular" headphones... I hate that this is a thing that has to exist in this universe.
                      16. Alcohol wipes - they're tucked out of site as are..
                      17. A few spare stamps... who uses stamps any more?

                      Moving on to the right side
                      18. Iphone headphones with the ridiculous lightning plug... smh.
                      19. An external battery with iphone cable and mini usb cable
                      20. A little tub from REI filled with pills - I keep a couple days worth of daily my prescriptions, plus ibuprofen, caffeine pills, aspirin, benadryl.
                      21. A couple bucks in cash - tucked in the pocket behind everything
                      22. A flat folding phone stand - almost never use this, I should probably take it out
                      23. Two spare checks - again... who uses checks. What horrible evil force exists in this world that necessitates me carrying around checks and stamps like it's the friggin 1800s?!?!?!?!


                      These items are carried loose in the front pocket of my man purse (well the light is clipped to something, but you know what I'm saying).

                      24. Franklin Batting Gloves - still my favorite for pushing... they just suck to get wet.
                      25. Olight S1R rechargeable flashlight - a tiny little flashlight that does 0.5 lumens (which is useful for me at work on a regular basis) up to 900 lumens for a short period of time. Really incredible little flashlight (and the price reflects it's incredibleness). Super cool charging system.
                      26. Wallet - minimalish wallet with a couple credit cards, some cash (no rant here I like cash, just not checks and stamps), ID, etc... not very bloated at all.


                      Also in the underseat bag I have...
                      27. Some delicious chocolate covered almonds I forgot I bought yesterday
                      28. Sea to Summit Ultra-sil Day Pack - you all need to go buy one of these RIGHT NOW! Seriously, do you see how small this is? It's the blue thing in the middle that's half the size of my fist when it's stowed as it is now, but expands to a reasonable (smallish) sized backpack that can hold a good 18 beers or so (believe me I've done this on a regular basis). Excellent construction and makes it easy to pop to the grocery store and buy dinner and not worry about carrying everything home on your lap. Awesome, awesome product. The straps are necessarily flat so when you hand it over the back of your seat and lean back on the straps you can't even tell they're there.
                      29. Emergency Bag - this little bag is for when disaster strikes. It's got a couple extra catheters, an extra legbag, a couple extra condom catheters, a few individually wrapped wipes, gloves, a magic bullet just for good measure and a thin plastic bag for bagging up any disgustingness that might happen while out and about.


                      This is the newest addition, another Maxpedition pouch, the mini instead of the micro this time. I'm still not sure about this one, just tried to organize a couple of loose odds and ends that didn't fit elsewhere nicely


                      30. Spare rechargable battery for the Olight.
                      31. Spare AAA battery - goes with the backup flashlight on the right.
                      32. Tire repair kit - this is your standard $2 bicycle tube repair kit from the bike shop, but I added some superglue, a $20 bill, and a P-38 can opener because... why not?
                      33. Wet wipes - a couple individually wrapped in the back pocket
                      34. Spare work key
                      35. A few two dollar bills
                      36. Fisher Space pen - I actually really detest how it writes, and shouldn't have bought it in black because if you put it down you might never find it again, but it is small and compact and can supposedly write upside down and underwater and in space and immersed in lava (well maybe not that last one).
                      37. Ear plugs - they're in that clear tube with the white top. Handy for sleeping on the road, and I like to have some in the ear hearing protection underneath my ear cans when I go to the range.
                      38. Hex keys - it's a little hard to see in the picture, but I have some bailing wire holding together three hex keys that fit the little bolts that are always coming loose on my chair.
                      39. My stupid work iphone (not pictured).
                      40. Car key - this is tucked in the bottom of the man purse bag as well, it works on proximity and I can open the door and start the car if the key is within 3 feet of the car, so I never have to get the key out. Pretty convenient.

                      This seems like enough and too much at the same time to me, but it works pretty well. As long as I have enough catheters packed (15 will usually get me through most of a work week), all I have to do is grab my phone off the charger and I'm good to go, with enough odds and ends to handle most of life's little obstacles. It all weighs the front end of the chair down a fair bit, but that's not exactly a bad thing in my opinion.

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                        #12
                        Also to the people who are carring CO2 cannisters, if you have decent upper arm function, consider this:
                        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

                        Lezyne makes hand operated ultracompact bicycle tire pumps that aren't much larger than a CO2 charger and never run out (unless you get too tired and can't find an assitant), and probably weigh less (the one in the link above is 96 grams). For years I kept one attached to my chair, but took it off because I haven't had a flat in a really long time and wasn't willing to carry a tube repair kit when I know damn well even the bike shop ends up breaking tire levers on these Schwalbe marathons while they're working under near ideal conditions.

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                          #13
                          homemade bag off the back of the chair.
                          10 IC's, 10 lubes, 10 gloves, one pee bottle.

                          I used to carry a spare inner-tube and tire levers, but hate to admit it's been a while.

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                            #14
                            Ok, this is going to give me a run for my money. Imma pouch dump and see what shakes out. Not very surprising, we carry a lot of the same things! (Including a fountain pen loaded with Noodler's ink. That one surprised me. I LOVE Baystate Blue! Nothing else like it. It reacted poorly in a cheap celluloid pen and clotted up the whole thing, but in a decent pen it's wonderful. I'm running Noodler's Antietam "blood" ink in a Lamy All-Star in my EDC right now.)


                            Originally posted by funklab View Post
                            Okay, this is going to be way too intense, brace yourselves. I got super excited when I saw this thread because I've been working on exactly what to carry:


                            Above is my steed, a TiLite ZR. The center of gravity is too far to the rear for my liking so I try to carry everything as forward as possible.

                            1. Key-Bak - First and most obvious in this photo my keys (home, mailbox and work) are attached to a Key-Back retractable keyring which has a retractable cord (I think it's 4-5 feet in length), so I call grab the keys, unlock the door, let the keys go and they retract back into position on their own. I've had this about two years now and it's worked out great, the keyring is tied directly to the frame with a piece of paracord, so as long as I have my chair with me, I have my keys.
                            2. Man Purse - The main black bag there is a Manhattan Portage small DJ bag, I searched for hours and hours until I found what I figured were the best dimensions top mount on the chair right behind my knees, and I think I got it spot on. This essentially functions as my purse with most of my belongings in it.
                            3. Fanny Pack - I tore the label off years ago, but I think it was Eagle Creek or something like that, anyway it was from REI, this is my first and only "piss bag" and has all the essentials for relieving yourself while on the road. When full it holds:
                            -15 Catheters
                            -15 Individual lubricant packets
                            -3 or 4 condom catheters
                            -Spare leg bag and tube
                            4. Paracord - less obvious in the above photo I have a homemade frame protector (currently only on the right side and not the left, because I need to rewrap the left) made of about 120 feet of paracord. It can be removed relatively easily in case I need 120 feet or so of rope for any reason, but the main purpose is to give me more grip on transfers (I grab the upper frame there) and to protect the paint job (in theory, this chair rode for years without any protection, this is more of a trial run so I know how it will work on my next chair).


                            The crevice formed by the excess material of my slingback where it hangs down slightly to cover my plumber's crack makes a convenient little pocket I take advantage of to store a couple things:



                            5. Midori Traveler's Notebook - it's basically a piece of leather with a couple elasticized bands on it to hold notebooks, but I really like the system. I have three custom notebooks made to order with Tomoe River paper (which is friggin amazing paper).
                            6. Pelikan M215 fountain pen - a bit of a pretentious splurge, but I've had this fountain pen for like 7 years now and it's probably written thousands of pages. Currently filled with Baystate Blue ink from Noodlers
                            7. Kindle Paperwhite - in the background you can see my Kindle with a very beatup case. That's because the kindle goes everywhere I do, tucked right behind my ass. It's an amazing little device and I find it quite useful. Well worth the $5 I spent on it when my buddy got the hookup from his friend who works at the pawn shop. If I ever lose it or break it I'll probably pay full price to buy another.

                            On to the contents of the man purse.

                            First and most frequently used is the above Maxpedition micro pouch. Quite convenient for organizing small stuff. You can see the two bucks or so in quarters in the outside pocket.


                            Inside the Maxpedition pouch you can see a variety of useful everyday stuff
                            8. Mini Bic Lighter - in tarheel blue
                            9. Leatherman squirt - useful multitool with pliers. Comes in handy on a regular basis
                            10. Victorinox nail clippers - I thought I was wasting money on these, but they are so small and compact and now they are always with me... I haven't used another set of nail clippers in like a year. I plan to get rid of all my other nail clippers.
                            11. Eyedrops - a recent addition after I started struggling with my contacts recently.
                            12. Toothpaste - the white cap peeking up above the lighter is a small tube I filled with Eco-dent toothpaste, which is a powder, so you don't have to worry about spilling it. Great for refreshing your breath after 15 hours or so at work.
                            13. Compact travel toothbrush - some cheap thing I picked up from Target
                            14. Carmex lip balm
                            15. The converter thingy so my stupid work iphone can use "regular" headphones... I hate that this is a thing that has to exist in this universe.
                            16. Alcohol wipes - they're tucked out of site as are..
                            17. A few spare stamps... who uses stamps any more?

                            Moving on to the right side
                            18. Iphone headphones with the ridiculous lightning plug... smh.
                            19. An external battery with iphone cable and mini usb cable
                            20. A little tub from REI filled with pills - I keep a couple days worth of daily my prescriptions, plus ibuprofen, caffeine pills, aspirin, benadryl.
                            21. A couple bucks in cash - tucked in the pocket behind everything
                            22. A flat folding phone stand - almost never use this, I should probably take it out
                            23. Two spare checks - again... who uses checks. What horrible evil force exists in this world that necessitates me carrying around checks and stamps like it's the friggin 1800s?!?!?!?!


                            These items are carried loose in the front pocket of my man purse (well the light is clipped to something, but you know what I'm saying).

                            24. Franklin Batting Gloves - still my favorite for pushing... they just suck to get wet.
                            25. Olight S1R rechargeable flashlight - a tiny little flashlight that does 0.5 lumens (which is useful for me at work on a regular basis) up to 900 lumens for a short period of time. Really incredible little flashlight (and the price reflects it's incredibleness). Super cool charging system.
                            26. Wallet - minimalish wallet with a couple credit cards, some cash (no rant here I like cash, just not checks and stamps), ID, etc... not very bloated at all.


                            Also in the underseat bag I have...
                            27. Some delicious chocolate covered almonds I forgot I bought yesterday
                            28. Sea to Summit Ultra-sil Day Pack - you all need to go buy one of these RIGHT NOW! Seriously, do you see how small this is? It's the blue thing in the middle that's half the size of my fist when it's stowed as it is now, but expands to a reasonable (smallish) sized backpack that can hold a good 18 beers or so (believe me I've done this on a regular basis). Excellent construction and makes it easy to pop to the grocery store and buy dinner and not worry about carrying everything home on your lap. Awesome, awesome product. The straps are necessarily flat so when you hand it over the back of your seat and lean back on the straps you can't even tell they're there.
                            29. Emergency Bag - this little bag is for when disaster strikes. It's got a couple extra catheters, an extra legbag, a couple extra condom catheters, a few individually wrapped wipes, gloves, a magic bullet just for good measure and a thin plastic bag for bagging up any disgustingness that might happen while out and about.


                            This is the newest addition, another Maxpedition pouch, the mini instead of the micro this time. I'm still not sure about this one, just tried to organize a couple of loose odds and ends that didn't fit elsewhere nicely


                            30. Spare rechargable battery for the Olight.
                            31. Spare AAA battery - goes with the backup flashlight on the right.
                            32. Tire repair kit - this is your standard $2 bicycle tube repair kit from the bike shop, but I added some superglue, a $20 bill, and a P-38 can opener because... why not?
                            33. Wet wipes - a couple individually wrapped in the back pocket
                            34. Spare work key
                            35. A few two dollar bills
                            36. Fisher Space pen - I actually really detest how it writes, and shouldn't have bought it in black because if you put it down you might never find it again, but it is small and compact and can supposedly write upside down and underwater and in space and immersed in lava (well maybe not that last one).
                            37. Ear plugs - they're in that clear tube with the white top. Handy for sleeping on the road, and I like to have some in the ear hearing protection underneath my ear cans when I go to the range.
                            38. Hex keys - it's a little hard to see in the picture, but I have some bailing wire holding together three hex keys that fit the little bolts that are always coming loose on my chair.
                            39. My stupid work iphone (not pictured).
                            40. Car key - this is tucked in the bottom of the man purse bag as well, it works on proximity and I can open the door and start the car if the key is within 3 feet of the car, so I never have to get the key out. Pretty convenient.

                            This seems like enough and too much at the same time to me, but it works pretty well. As long as I have enough catheters packed (15 will usually get me through most of a work week), all I have to do is grab my phone off the charger and I'm good to go, with enough odds and ends to handle most of life's little obstacles. It all weighs the front end of the chair down a fair bit, but that's not exactly a bad thing in my opinion.
                            "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                              You can get special cases for holding your insulin pens or vials that include a blue ice pack to keep them cool. Here are some examples:

                              https://www.totaldiabetessupply.com/...nsulin-coolers

                              (KLD)
                              "Thank you!" Still have go city for a couple doctor and those will come in handy.

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