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    Default What do you bring with you on the job?

    This is like those "what's in your pockets!?!" threads, except for stuff that doesn't go in your pockets. When you're going in to work, what stuff helps you through the 12 or 16 or 24 or whatever.

    When i'm riding the bus I bring a backpack, usually containing:

    - Visine (I wear contact lenses)
    - An extra pair of socks (cold or wet feet are miserable)
    - A book (currently the new Pahlaniuk novel)
    - Trail mix (for the 3am hunger pangs)
    - Aleve (for the inevitable backache or shoulder pain)
    - Toothbrush & toothpaste (a must for sharing a small space after Indian food)

    What about you guys?


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    Pretty much just food for the day and my briefcase/laptop. Everything else I generally need is in my locker.

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    I'm a volly, so the only thing I bring is myself and my camera when the tones go off.
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    -The laptop
    -Movies (especially for Sundays and holidays)
    -Stuff to work on the car whenever necessary (usually oil changes, brake jobs, whatever.....)
    -Study materials for classes, tests, promotions, etc etc.

    I also built a lot of models when I was on the job, so I had a lot of my model building stuff.....Remember the 1/25th scale American LaFrance Pumper, Snorkel, and Rearmount? I kitbashed an engine and a rearmount and made a tiller, plus one each of the rearmount, engine and snorkel, all within a 3-year time span.
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    Hmmmm....interesting thread. I'm a real pack-rat, as I hate to need something and not have it. Sooooo.... I bring the typical toiletries for an over nite shift, change of uniform clothing, work out clothing, and flip flops.

    Other than that, as was mentioned, most of my stuff is in my locker.

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    All of the basics stay in the locker -- toiletries plus a spare of anything I might have to wear. However, I'm ADD and I sometimes have a little trouble knocking out special projects... So I carry enough stuff in my bag to fill a chief's office. There's a text book or two... Research stuff for some SOPs I'm writing... District study checklists I need to modify for my probie... I'm just scratching the surface.

    Yeah, that's really a problem I need to get a handle on.

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    Lube and a sock.
    Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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    Working a day tour all I bring is my good looks and wit.

    Plus, I only live 3 minutes from the station, so if I need anything it's a short trip.

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    Per SOP's we have to keep an extra uniform in our lockers. That includes socks, undies, shirt, pants/shorts. I don't bring anything to work with me, except 20$ to start a tour chow collection.

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    I bring my rapier like wit, sense of humor and sometimes lunch or dinner!

    I report to work in civilian clothes and change into uniform when I get to work and I have all of my personal supplies in my locker or my storage container in the Deputy's dorm room.

    For snacks, my group has a weekly assessment that buys snacks and stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny46 View Post
    Lube and a sock.
    that's really all you need

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny46 View Post
    Lube and a sock.
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    I'm still pretty new in my dept so I am a traveler...I go to different houses nearly every shift.

    When I show up at a station, I usually bring in with me at least one extra set of work uniforms, extra skiv's & socks. I bring workout clothes, a shaving kit and a book. In my car, I have extra work uniforms, a duty shirt (shirt/badge for tours, inspections, etc.) extra rubber turnout boots (we use leather boots normally....but just in case.) I also carry our issued wildland gear (nomex shirt & cotton long sleeve), also just in case but it usually doesn't get broken out.

    Occasionally, I'll grab the latest arrival from Netflix when I leave in the morning. I always carry my little recipe book (just a small black book that I keep all my recipes in.) For some reason, as a traveler, it somehow winds up being my cook day when I arrive for roll call.

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    Change of uniform, toiletries, magazines, laptop, food for the day and always keep protien bars on hand.
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    I keep all my uniforms and underware, bras, socks etc at work. I dont take those home with me. Everything I need is usually at work. Most days I bring my bag with me:

    laptop and netflix movie
    bathroom bag (got it at llbean.com, its great)
    2 packs of oatmeal
    2 packs of 100 calorie cereal
    supplements
    workout towel
    20pound vest
    a book from library

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionGoose View Post
    This is like those "what's in your pockets!?!" threads, except for stuff that doesn't go in your pockets. When you're going in to work, what stuff helps you through the 12 or 16 or 24 or whatever.

    When i'm riding the bus I bring a backpack, usually containing:

    - Visine (I wear contact lenses)
    - An extra pair of socks (cold or wet feet are miserable)
    - A book (currently the new Pahlaniuk novel)
    - Trail mix (for the 3am hunger pangs)
    - Aleve (for the inevitable backache or shoulder pain)
    - Toothbrush & toothpaste (a must for sharing a small space after Indian food)

    What about you guys?

    You are just going to work and not on a vacation.

    Everything I would have a need for, would have been in my lockers in the engine house. I may bring in some fresh linens, several changes of uniforms and some under garments after a 4 day break.
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    A real must is a good skin mag and a tube sock...

    Is this thread for real? Sorry, but if you need to consult a web forum to pack a bag for work then your parents should be introduced to a pimp slap...
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny46 View Post
    Lube and a sock.

    Do you use the same sock over again (after a wash of course) or do you throw it away and get a new one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    Do you use the same sock over again (after a wash of course) or do you throw it away and get a new one?
    we're low paid public servants, we have to re-use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    we're low paid public servants, we have to re-use.
    What do you do on a very slow day? Can you use the department washing maschine or do you have to turn it inside out?
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