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#292422 - 06/07/19 07:40 PM 'In the office' modified ten essentials
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So your commute downtown to an air conditioned office building might mean some modification to what you carry -- what are some examples of urban office carry?

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#292428 - 06/08/19 11:07 AM Re: 'In the office' modified ten essentials [Re: teacher]
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Looking at the offices I tend to go to:
  • Dress shoes vs. outdoors shoes. I work hard to find shoes that I can walk a long way in that are still appropriate.
  • Inconspicuous folder vs. any kind of fixed blade knife.
  • Small flashlight in my pocket vs. something larger in a belt-pouch.
  • Business appropriate laptop bag (in my case with medical and other emergency gear in it) vs. a hydration pack.
  • I keep a lighter in my laptop bag on general principle (I don't smoke) but nothing more than that for starting a fire.

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#292604 - 06/28/19 09:00 PM Re: 'In the office' modified ten essentials [Re: teacher]
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*Raincoat, most days. otherwise an umbrella
*Water bottle
* bus or rail pass

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#292924 - 08/09/19 08:51 PM Re: 'In the office' modified ten essentials [Re: teacher]
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*spare dress shirt
*toothbrush
* spork, waterbottle
*charger and cords, various
*small flashlight

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#292927 - 08/10/19 06:05 AM Re: 'In the office' modified ten essentials [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
[*]Dress shoes vs. outdoors shoes. I work hard to find shoes that I can walk a long way in that are still appropriate.


Good shoes are quite worthwhile. I am able to find comfortable dress shoes (Ecco, Rockport, etc.), but they are not designed to be rugged, to do well in rain, mud, etc. What are your recommendations?

My office prep is mainly for an overnight stay. Perhaps the road home gets flooded. Perhaps there is a chemical spill. I assume the office building is still "working," but maybe that's not a great assumption.

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#292930 - 08/10/19 12:09 PM Re: 'In the office' modified ten essentials [Re: teacher]
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I used to do well with Dunham, which is a New Balance brand. I could run in them and they were waterproof, if not overly rugged. They changed their lineup and I don't wear them any more. More recently I've been wearing Johnston & Murphy shoes at work. They're about the same cost, a bit better looking (at least to me), last a lot longer, and still waterproof. Good for long walks or shorter distances running.

When I had a downtown office I surreptitiously stocked a locking file drawer with involuntary overnight supplies, being largely a change of clothes, a pair of boots, toiletries and snacks. Now with my "office" being my car more often than not, I have a lot more flexibility.

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