Use a camera bag to hold your wallet, cell, & more

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One of the first questions I had when I started using a wheelchair was “What the hell am I supposed to do with my wallet?”

I tried putting it in the front pocket of my pants, but that was uncomfortable and difficult to access. I tried putting it in the pocket of my wheelchair but I felt like it could easily fall out unnoticed. Then I had to also deal with a cell phone and it required a better solution anyway.

Thats when I tried a small camera bag — specifically the Lowepro Ridge 60. I know you can attach various bags and what-not to your wheelchair but I really didn’t want to have to dig underneath or behind every time I needed something.

So I picked up the camera bag after seeing it at a store and thought it might work. It was a great decision. I have had the same one for almost five years now and was recently looking to replace it with a new one — maybe a different one. But I decided that there was nothing about it that I didn’t like so I re-upped with a fresh version of the same model.

I love it for several reasons:

  1. It’s small enough not to get in the way but big enough to notice if you drop it.
  2. It holds a lot. I can get my wallet, phone, and either iPod or camera in there plus change, receipts, etc.
  3. It has two extra pockets — one small one that zips and one larger one that velcros shut.
  4. It’s inexpensive at around $12.
  5. It travels well — great for planes since you can keep it on your lap at takeoff.
  6. You can quickly throw change & receipts in it after checking out at the store.
  7. It fits nicely on your lap when used in conjunction with the leg strap I use.

The only negative is the occasional teasing by friends and family about my “purse” or “manbag” but the easy comeback is to say, “Well where the hell would YOU put all this crap if you were in a wheelchair?!?” They usually can’t come up with an answer. Then I say, “Well I can think of a place you can put it!”

If you’re struggling for a solution to how to deal with all the “stuff” when riding around in a wheelchair, I highly recommend the Lowepro Ridge 60 or any other small camera bag that you can find to use.

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