What's in Jerry's bag: All the gadgets I need every day

A gear bag can be an important part of any tech lover's kit; carrying around a bunch of cool electronics is easier (and safer) with a good place to stash it all. For me, it's a little different since I'm in a wheelchair. It means I can carry around a large bag that isn't for everyone, for example, and become the one-stop shop you need sometimes.

Things are a bit different here

I'm in a wheelchair in case you didn't know. That can make for a lot of ... difficulties in daily life — stairs are my archnemesis, for instance. But when it comes to carrying around a bunch of gear it isn't so bad. A big bag like the Timbuk2 XXL Messenger or pack slung across the rear bars on my chair means I can carry a diverse selection of things that someone who had to actually carry around in a bag on their shoulder might not want to. I'm the guy to ask if you need a pair of pliers or a flashlight because these are the sort of things I carry around to take advantage of that extra weight limit.

Another thing I carry that's personal and one-of-a-kind is a good pen. How can a pen be one-of-a-kind you ask? Because I make them.

This is a zebrawood and titanium pen I'm finishing up for Mobile Nation's own Michelle Haag. I finally had enough good weather to spin up the lathe and finish the polishing, and it'll soon be in a box on the way to its new home. Then I get to start on another! And with the weather getting better, I'll be able to stuff some fishing tackle into the pockets on the outside and strap my travel rod to the chair just in case I get close enough to the water for a cast or two.

I'm OK being a one-man mobile wagon train who is always prepared.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.