When you move with legs, your arms are free to hold and carry things. One of the frustrating things about using mobility equipment is that using it requires hands as well as or in place of feet. That leaves your hands and arms unavailable to carry things. So, while equipment helps you move forward, nothing you need goes with you. So, where do you put the stuff you used to carry and still want, and often need, nearby?
You can choose to still carry a purse, but where will you hang it? And will you be able to reach it where it is hung? I continued to carry a purse for quite awhile. I had always used a large purse. I remember catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror as I passed. I was taken by surprise at what that big ol’ clunky purse looked like on my zippy little scooter. I tried a smaller purse and it frequently fell off. No matter the size of the purse, it still requires you to stop and rummage around in the inside to find what you need. I began to look for other options.
Most walkers and scooters come with a metal mesh basket, but I find them awkward to reach. I didn’t find much available on the market for wheelchair bags. I did find some options for stroller caddies and ordered this one:
After using it awhile, I decided it would be handy to have more compartments, so I found the organizer below on ebay: (The lighting on this picture makes it look old and faded – it is neither.)
My traditional pocketbook doesn’t quite fit in it my scooter bag, so I ordered this from ebay:
It’s 3″ x 4″ and fits very nicely.
Now, wherever I go in my scooter, I have with me: a notepad/paper, pen, lipstick, reading glasses and cleaner, Kleenex, bathroom necessities, nail file, pill holder, keys, Kleenex, phone, nail file, hand sanitizer, credit card size flashlight, lotion, etc.
I’m all set! Everything I need fits nicely in my attached bag where I can reach it.
If you need a Kleenex or to borrow a pen, just ask me.