Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member JonC. The previous editions featured Forum members cdhBadger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin.

What’s the most useful item that you carry?
The most useful item that I carry daily is my iPhone. Currently I use the iPhone 7 Plus and it helps out with many day-to-day activities, including planning work meetings and tasks, sharing shopping lists with my wife, project planning, photography, and listening to music and podcasts.

What’s your most treasured item?
My wedding ring. It is always with me and it is my good luck charm.

Which item do you use more often than you thought you would?
My Navy Side Effect. I use it as part of my Everyday Carry in my work bag (which is a Black/Northwest Sky Pilot) along with a Snake Charmer in the outer pockets so everything stays organized. On some day trips where I don’t want to take a large bag I use the Side Effect for carrying an extra phone battery, cables, and documents with a cross-body strap.

I also add a Gatekeeper Waist Strap to the Side Effect and use it to carry my phone and keys when running. I am training for my second marathon and it is large enough that I can carry energy gels with me if needed on longer distance runs and it isn’t too large so it never gets in the way.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m from the UK, and always had a strong interest in software development. After I got a masters degree, I took a job in the IT industry as a consultant where I have worked for nearly 10 years.
Some of that time was spent in the US where I met my wife and we are expecting our first child in September.

We are both incredibly excited and this will definitely put our everyday carry items to the test. I have a Large Cafe bag, which will be used as a diaper bag.

I first heard about Tom Bihn from a colleague. After I ordered my first bag, and saw the quality and the thoughtful design it wasn’t long before I ordered more so that my wife and I are prepared for all kinds of travel adventures.