I have some essentials that I generally always take with me when out and about. These are not my EDC pocket items but sort of core items of clothing that I keep around and always have when traveling. The first and one of the ones I always keep stashed in my pack or pocket is a good watch cap. A good quality watch cap can be a vey useful item, acting as a glove for picking up hot items, a rag, an eye covering for grabbing some quick Zs, or just a simple watch cap to warm up. I particularly like all wool caps but they are not always the most fashionable. Sown in the photo below you will see a standard fleece watch cap, an older GI style all wool watch cap, and an Arc’teryx watch cap. The fleece one is comfortable for lounging around the house or heading to the gym but is not my first choice for off path travel due to lack of heat resistance when using to pick up hot items such as a mug of boiling water off the fire. It excels in being lightweight, breathes fairly well while being wind resistant. The Arc’teryx one satisfies the same requirements as the black one but doesn’t stand out during a trip into town, and of corse it is the dirty bird so it gets extra points up front for style. The old school GI model wins for function, they are warm, keeps the wind out moderately well, fire/flame resistant from natural fibers, warm even when wet but wins no style points and stands out in certain environments.
Until next time, stay sharp,