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Beyond Keys:  What's on my keychain

K Haugen "Traveling with Kids"
The list author says: "I like ultralight, effective, durable stuff that is easy to use and goes where I do... Having a few 'key' things on my keychain helps me stay organized. With carabiner or pull-apart keychains, I only take what I need. I've added some flashlights to the list, but I usually just use my iPhone flashlight app. Flashlights and multitools have definite size and quality trade-offs, so I've included options. For reference, a typical Schlage house key is 5 cm (2 in) long."
Customized Military Dog Tags
Customized Military Dog Tags
"Set up a free, secondary email account, and order an ID or pet tag with a message like, "If found, please email xxxx@gmail.com" to improve your chances of meeting up with lost keys. Outlives changes in address or telephone and won't reveal personal information. You get 2 dog tags w/ 4 lines for about $6."
Pet ID Tag - Round - Custom engraved dog & cat ID tags. Pet safety tag has reflective coating and is available in plastic, stainless steel and brass.
Pet ID Tag - Round - Custom engraved dog & cat ID tags. Pet safety tag has reflective coating and is available in plastic, stainless steel and brass.
"Set up a free, secondary email account, and order an ID tag with a message like, "If found, please email xxxx@gmail.com" to improve your chances of meeting up with lost keys, outlives changes in address or telephone and won't reveal personal information."
Sliver Gripper Tweezers
Sliver Gripper Tweezers
"So small and light, it's hardly there – until you need it! This can grasp tiny slivers. Cool clip keeps it on your keychain. Under 6 cm (2.4 in) long, with the key clip."
True Utility Telepen Telescopic Pen
True Utility Telepen Telescopic Pen
"Tiny, inexpensive – lower quality than a Fisher, PicoPen or Inka, but to minimize bulk, 'the best pen is the one you have with you...' I use mine daily. Includes 4 refills or cut a bic refill to size. 5 cm, extends to 11.5 cm"
PicoPen, Stainless Steel Pen w/Keychain Lanyard
PicoPen, Stainless Steel Pen w/Keychain Lanyard
"Tiny, well made keychain pen; common refill size; magnetic cap holds pen in place. Update: not on Amazon now, but you can find it elsewhere for about $20. 7.6 cm (3 in) under 7 g (0.25 oz)."
Fisher Space Pen Trekker Space Pen, Chrome (SC725)
Fisher Space Pen Trekker Space Pen, Chrome (SC725)
"Write anywhere, including upsidedown. Attaches to keychain by the cap, so you can pop it off to write. Pressurized ink. A bit bulky, but really reliable. 10 cm (4 in) long. 28 gr (1 oz). (The Inka Pen might be smaller & lighter, but I can't stand blue ink!)"
Rite In The Rain All Weather Trekker Pen Black 98
Rite In The Rain All Weather Trekker Pen Black 98
"Another all-weather compact pen. Haven't tried it, but looks similar to the Trekker, only less expensive."
LaCie CooKey 32 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 131051
LaCie CooKey 32 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive 131051
"Store, share and back up your digital stuff. Looks and feels like a regular key. Comes in 4, 8, 16 & 32 GB. Use the different shapes (square, round, triangle) to track what's on each one. 5.6 cm (2.2 in) long; super light."
Scosche IPUSBM flipSYNC Keychain USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPod and iPhone
Scosche IPUSBM flipSYNC Keychain USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPod and iPhone
"USB charging cable for iPhone (or iPod). Connectors fold in for protection. Dimensions coming soon; not larger than most car remotes."
Leatherman 831219 Style Black Keychain Tool with Scissor
Leatherman 831219 Style Black Keychain Tool with Scissor
"Half the weight of the Victorinox silver alox 'Classic,' but more tools: knife, scissors, flat/philips, tweezer, nail file. 5.94 cm (2.34 in) long. 23.1 g (.81 oz)"
Leatherman 831207 Style CS Clip-On Multi-Tool with Scissors
Leatherman 831207 Style CS Clip-On Multi-Tool with Scissors
"Well designed multi-tool with clip-point knife, carabiner/bottle opener, scissors, nail file, tweezers, flat/phillips; 7.6 cm (3 in). 40g (1.4 oz)."
Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight, Black
Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight, Black
"This tiny keychain light is bright, durable and easier to use than the plastic ones where you need to hold a button down. 3.75 cm (1.5 in) long. 10.2 grams (.36 oz)."
Fenix FNX-E01BK E Series LED Flashlight, Black
Fenix FNX-E01BK E Series LED Flashlight, Black
"I usually use my iPhone as a flashlight; but if you don't carry a phone that doubles as a flashlight, this little Fenix is worth the money.  1 AAA. 10 lumens.  7.1 cm (2.8 in) long. 14 grams (0.5 oz) without the battery. (Alternative: Streamlight MicroStream)"
Lucky Line 71101 Key Ring
Lucky Line 71101 Key Ring
"This cable is simple, not bulky & holds a lot. Sort your stuff on different ones, then clip to a quick release. I'm new to these, but beginning to favor them over weak S-biners and certainly split rings for being quick & convenient. 0.6 oz, approx 4" long when open."
Nite Ize SB1-2PK-11 Size-1 S-Biner, Stainless, 2-Pack
Nite Ize SB1-2PK-11 Size-1 S-Biner, Stainless, 2-Pack
"Another keychain alternative – Pros: take only what you need, quickly remove tools to use them more easily; clip it onto something else. Cons: some tool rings are too small to fit – you'd have to add a large enough split ring; spring is not very strong so tools may pop off too easily."
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