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--BigAl 21:15, 14 May 2007 (EDT)* Keys

  • Always on my keychain: label with phone number (but not a home number, due to possible burgular risk) for safe return. --gochess 18:47, 18 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Most large pet stores have machines that will engrave custom metal collar-tags in a variety of colors and shapes. These make great labels for keeping a cell number on your keyring in case it gets lost. Much more robust and stylish than a hand-written tag! --Rowlock 04:33, 30 Mar 2005 (EST)
      • Mind you, those number services may give the name and address of a cell phone number, too. So the attack vector remains no matter what info you give.
  • Always on my keychain (except when taking flights): Swiss Army knife, 6 cm folded, which includes scissors (cut newspaper articles and nose hairs ;-), tweezers, screwdriver, and toothpick (resets devices, too). UNBELIEVABLY PRACTICAL! --gochess 18:47, 18 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • The Leatherman Micra is super practical on a keychain as well, and has probably all the same tools, though, I think a little more sturdy. The scissors are invaluable. Best gift I ever got!
      • I had a Micra, and then I got a Leatherman Squirt S4, which is MUCH better.
    • I can't vouch for them personally (yet--my order is the mail), but Swiss+Tech (I can vouch for the Util-key 6in1 which has adorned my keychain for 18 months) makes keychain-sized mutitools. Volume 4 of Make magazine had a mini-rave review of the Utili-Key, a multi-tool the size and shape of a key. --hatchibombotar I can vouch for it, it's superb. I especially like that it's only key-sized. Most multitools are pretty big for something floating around in a pocket. --sckot 12:56, 21 April 2006 (EDT)
  • You can get a super-bright, super-small LED flashlight for around $8. Keep it on your key ring. You don't want it put away somewhere, or buried deep in a bag: it is the tool that helps you find other tools, a meta-tool. It should stay handy.
    • The last one of these I disassembled consisted of one LED, two button batteries, and a short piece of straight wire. No circuitry involved, everything just squeezed together to make a connection. Look for them as trade-show trinkets. I have found several for $3 or less at military surplus stores.--sckot 12:56, 21 April 2006 (EDT)
    • The Photon Freedom Micro is an excellent keyring flashlight: http://www.photonlight.com/products/freedom_micro/index.html It will stay lit without squeezing it, can strobe, and has variable brightness.
  • The MagLite Solitaire is also worth considering, though it is somewhat larger than other squeeze LED lights.--sckot 12:56, 21 April 2006 (EDT)
  • A USB stick camera.
  • A Military Issue p-38 can opener. Available at any Surplus store for about .25 cents. Slips right on your keychain. Take it off before you leave for the Airport, though, just in case. --RobNoxious 01:25, 28 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • You can also get Swiss Army Knives with can openers (although they can be fiddly) - kill two birds with one carry-item.
    • If you live in Australia, What you are looking for is known Coliquialy as a "FRED" - Officialy, a "Food Ration Extraction/Eating Device", and to the Soldiers a "Flaming Ridiculous eating Device" - You should be able to pick them up for .50 Cents In any Disposal store, and they come in ALL Australian Army Ration Packs, Usualy Between the Rubber-banded packets of Coffee. A combination of Can opener, bottle opener, spoon, and weighs practicly nothing. - Churba
  • A bottle opener - always handy to open a beer. --Tharpster 01:25, 2 May 2005 (EST)
    • Also included on any decent Swiss Army Knife.
  • Your wallet! The Jimi wallet has a loop for a strap that works great on keyrings.
  • Always on my keychain....a pen. Before I picked up a Cross Ion, I could never find a pen when I was out and about...this solution also keeps me from washing/sitting on/misplacing/etc. my traveling pen.
  • May seem odd, but I always keep a small tape measure on my keyring or in my bag. I use it to measure furniture that I just happen to run across, curtains, etc. I've been amazed at how often it gets used! --kdavies
  • There's a whole "Every Day Carry" (EDC) culture on the internet that devotes themselves to stuff like this. Half of my keychain has a swiss army knife, a flashlight, a Sharpie Mini, and a whistle. Ratbert42 16:25, 22 July 2006 (EDT)
    • The knife is a Victorinox Manager II in a key fob pouch. Almost perfect combination of tools: blade, scissors, flat and phillips screwdrivers, nailfile, tweezers, bottle opener, and a marginal pen. The Midnight Manager version has an LED light in place of the tweezers, but I already carry a seperate light.
    • The flashlight is a Arc-AAA. It is a LED light that's the same size as the MagLite Solitaire but is much brighter. No more burned-out bulbs.
    • I put a Sharpie Mini on my keychain just for an event where I needed a Sharpie a lot. It's still there weeks later. When new, it's fine-pointed enough to work pretty well as a replacement for a "regular" pen almost all of the time, and it can always write on things that not even an Space Pen can.
    • I don't carry one, but different-sized pill fobs can carry all sorts of items. Rolled-up cash. Survival kits. Toothpicks. Dental floss. Spare battery.
    • I keep a Swiss+Tech Utili-Key mixed in with my keys, so when I remove the "utility belt" half, I at least have something.
    • The PicoPen is a sleek pen made of stainless steel and is attached to its clip "magnetically" making it quick and easy to detach with one hand. Because it is so thin it's practically invisible on your keychain. It's absolutely the best keychain pen available.--BigAl 21:15, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
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