I would like to think of myself as someone who never loses anything. Of course, I mislead things all the time, but things always show up. On paper, however, I’ve actually lost two things over the past two years. I knew where things were both times, but salvage wasn’t an option and replacement was expensive. I swear to never let this happen again.
TL; DR I lost my wallet and my keys, then I bought this and that for my keys and one of them for my wallet. I would feel stupid not to at this point.
But I know where I lost it!
I was six months too early when I lost my keys in a taxi in November 2020. I was returning home from an early morning flight and realized my keys had fallen out of my carabiner about 30 seconds after stepping out taxi. Putting aside my luggage, I ran to the taxi to hail the driver, but they were already heading for their next customer.
I knew exactly where my keys were! I just couldn’t get there. I wasn’t too worried as I had all the information about the taxi and could let the taxi service know. Several phone calls and a missing set of keys later, no one was able to help us. I was tired from traveling and needed a new apartment key, but at least I had a spare car key inside.
Then in April 2021, Apple took on Tile with its own item tracker called AirTag. I bought a few and used them for a while, but frankly, I wasn’t comfortable with how AirTags were abused to track people. I had yet to benefit from an AirTag, so I deactivated mine in silent protest.
Apple has since improved how AirTags work as a preventative measure against location abuse. I still wish Apple would allow Android to include the same AirTag detection features as the iPhone at the system level, without requiring a separate app.
Yet the headlines shifted from cases of AirTag abuse to detection of AirTag working as intended. No fix for human nature, but I feel better about AirTag ethics. Also, Rocky from Florida found his owner with an AirTag.
But I know who stole it!
Speaking of ethics, the last straw for accidentally losing things broke a few weeks ago when my wallet found a new owner.
My wallet slipped out of my pocket onto the carpet in a small waiting room, but the money inside made it too good to give to whoever found it. Only a few people crossed the room before I realized what had happened, but it was too late.
The whole experience was long and expensive. I had to order new bank cards, pay the DMV and a notary a visit and fee for my license, and find a replacement wallet. I liked my wallet!
Find My Must-Haves
Well, I admit that losing important things is something I do sometimes. I invested in an AirTag for my keys and a Chipolo Card Spot for my wallet, and now they’re both 100% more trackable with the Find My app – both purchases are cheaper than the cost of replacing keys and missing cards.
Finally, I am certainly selective about my portfolio (when it is not lost). The key solution is simple, but wallets feel even more personal.
I like a small wallet that looks like a wallet. It should contain money and more than three cards, but should not be too big in one dimension. For me, this excludes the integration of a real AirTag in the wallet.
With this difficulty in mind, the combination of the Bellroy Slim Sleeve and a Chipolo Card Spot is perfect. The wallet tracker is incredibly thin compared to an AirTag and doesn’t change the depth of my wallet. The speaker on it is also super loud.
Frankly, I didn’t think a no-compromise solution like this was possible before – which is why I lost my wallet.
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