A while back, another park regular commented that I looked geared up for a showdown, so I decided to assess my setup. I’ve never quite considered how silly I look with all my gear strapped to my body.
Things I pretty much always have on me:
- Both Bows’ leashes, with custom loops that allow them to be easily clipped around my torso
- A camera — the DSLR most of the time, or cell phone camera at minimum
- My Nomadic AP-03 Moving Option waist pack. It was designed to be belted around the hips, but I just couldn’t bring myself to wear it that way. So I sling it around my chest, where it’s convenient to access the main pocket without tempting any waist-high dogs by fishing for treats within inches of their face.
This insane schematic is what sold me on this particular pouch.
Um, I don’t cram nearly as much stuff as indicated in my pouches. I find that pocket 3 is a perfect size for an iPhone, and pocket 12 is great for poop bags. I like that I can separate my wallet (pocket 9) from any dog treats (pocket 6), because it’s annoying having to fish out crumbs from the folds of a meat-stinky wallet. And of course pen loop 7 is always occupied, with a small notebook tucked into pocket 5 or 10, just in case I need to exchange contact information with anyone.
And while I’m obviously not the epitome of fashion, I sure like having an all purpose, on-the-go pouch that’s functional and not emblazoned with all kinds of kooky dog lady logos or silly canine prints.
Anyway, my setup keeps my hands free, so I don’t actually feel like I’m carrying that much. I’ve certainly seen more extreme getups — especially those accompanied by babies and more than just two dogs!