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  • Dummy cording - Something I used to do in the Army to ensure that I'd hold onto small and easily-lost items (flashlight, utility tool, etc.) when I was in the field was to literally tie them to my belt with nylon para cord. This obviously isn't going to be appropriate much of the time, but you'd be surprised how useful, and how reassuring, it can be. -- User: AdamGreenfield 17.15 EST 21 Mar 2005
    • A subset of this idea: I have a very expensive smartphone in a very cheap hip case which can fall off my belt at any time. So I took the wriststrap for the phone, attached it to the case, and then slipknotted it around my belt. When the hip clasp fails, the phone dangles against my leg for easy retrieval. Jeff Porten 00:59, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)
      • I have no belt - only suspenders. This idea would be fantastic for me - no more looking for pagers in the toliet.....
  • If you don't want to part from your keys, you could try using a small chain (think punk-rock); if that doesn't go with your style, use something else that physically ties your keys with you. I personally use a loop of rope with a keyholder on one end, and tie it to my belt. Never lost a key in years! Xeelee 200.95.158.135 11:50, 27 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • There was a time -- when I first got keys for my first apartment -- when I could not for the life of me keep my keys. I lost them continually. So I clipped them to my beltloops with a lanyard-type web strap in a pretty color (vivid blue). After a few years of this (yes, years!) I stopped, and haven't really had any issue with losing my keys since!
    • What I've found that works is a small grappling-hook style (carabiner --steph) keychain, it clips to your bag handles, your belt/belt loops.. basically anything you could want. The best part is that they're an Army promo material, so you too can get one for free! --Rosalyn 20:57, 18 Apr 2005
      • Add some extra steel key rings and you can segment your keys into useful groups (car, home, etc) for easy removal and reattachment. I use this all the time to leave the car ignition running when I have to run back into the locked house. --ACGelwicks 13:22, 13 Jul 2005 (EDT)
        • Why leave your car running? That just wastes gas.
          • Restarting the engine might use more gas.
            • The statistic I heard is that more than 30 seconds of idling merits a turn off. --Mark 23:45, 13 February 2006 (EST)
              • It is massively stressing for the engine and battery, though. Starting doesn't run the engine clean either, so it also pollutes. Unless you have a hybrid or something, in which case starting/booting is a different process.
        • I'd be careful using the segmentation method with multiple rings. I had my house keys, my car keys, and my supermarket "club cards" all on different rings. Imagine my surprise one day when I found that my club cards had vanished. Some how, while clipping the carabiner to my belt loop, that ring fell off. So glad that it wasn't my house keys or worse! Might be useful to fasten important keys to the carabiner using twist ties or something similar, just to help hold them in place. --Amiantos 03:51, 9 February 2006 (EST)
        • Real carabiners often have screw-shut clasps, I'd definitely be using that kind versus the fashion ones that can slip open at any time. Plus, the real ones generally support your body weight in the instance that you're MacGyver. Moore850 14:00, 5 January 2007 (EST)
      • I also use the "segmentation" idea - but in a different way. Get several of the easy removable keyring-to-keyring clips, and put a single car key on each one, and a house key on one. All of the keys on these segregated keyrings should also be on the "master" ring (where all of the segregated keys are linked). Then, when you want to warm up the car, for instance, you can take off the single key (using the easy remove clip), and take the rest with you - locking the key in the car! Alternately, you can give the single key to the mechanic or friend who needs it and not have to wrestle with the rest of the keys. Very handy! My keyring has three easy separatable clips - one for each car, and one for the house.
        • In most modern cars (cars without carburetors), there is no need to warm up your car. Vehicles warm up faster when you drive them, and there is no benefit to sitting there as the engine idles. Idling uses up a significant amount of fuel. Read you car manual -- mine specifically says that there is no need to warm up your car.
          • Do they have winter where you live? Brennen 01:34, 22 February 2006 (EST)
  • Carabiner watch - I hate wearing anything on my wrist, and it keeps the watch out of eyesight so I'm not constantly focused on the time when I'm working or being creative. It's much easier to get in the 'zone' when not obsessed about the time. - Crispy
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