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What Has It Got In Its Pockets? - My Love Of Pockets!

Updated on December 19, 2013

Well what has it got in it's pockets?

"What has it got in its pockets?" are the famous words of Gollum in The Hobbit, suspicious of what Bilbo Baggins had got hold of.

This article isn't about him, but it is about pockets!

Ask my wife, and she will tell you that I love pockets.

Big pockets, little pockets, pockets with zippers, pockets with Velcro.

Well, just about any pockets, particularly when there's lots of them.

Except pockets with buttons: yuck!

...and no, I'm not a kleptomaniac before you ask!

So without further ado...

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I don't really like winter, unless there's snow.

And even if there is snow, the thing I really hate about winter is that it's cold.

However, there's one thing that is good about winter and that is that I get to wear my winter coat ...and my winter coat has pockets for everything!

When it comes to clothing, I don't follow fashion.

What I really want is something functional and that means lots of pockets and BIG pockets.

My coat has two massive outside pockets I can put my winter hat and gloves in, plus my glasses and sunglasses for driving.

Of course, I can put my hands in those pockets if they're cold and I can't be bothered to put my gloves on.

But it doesn't end there!

It also has a big inside pocket where I can put other items that don't fit anywhere else: things I want to keep on my person but don't want to put in my messenger bag (see below).

There is one special hidden pocket where I can keep my wallet, phone and iPod (not telling!)

There is even a special pocket where I can tidy away the hood if I'm sure it's not going to rain ...and in England in the winter, you can guess how often in use that one.


Pants for the music

In summer, I wear a lighter jacket instead of a coat.

This means I don't have access to lots of pockets (boo hoo!)

But then when it's really hot I can put on some cargo trousers.

These are great because (yes, you guessed it), they have lots and lots of pockets!

As well, as the usual ones at the top, there are usually pockets further down the legs as well as different shaped pockets.

This allows you to put wallets, pens, pencils, iPods and other things around your person in a reasonably secure way.

It also means you can do this without having to get one of those hideous "tourist" bags you strap to your waist!

Cargo Trousers/Pants Have Pockets!

When it comes back to Spring and Summer, I have several pairs of Cargo Trousers.

(Ok, So They're Called Cargo Pants In The US. I'm British, ok?)

Nautica Men's Twill Cargo Pant, True Khaki, 32x32
Nautica Men's Twill Cargo Pant, True Khaki, 32x32

Cargo pants = pockets, in this case pockets for men!

Ed Hardy Womens Twill Skinny Cargo Pants -Green
Ed Hardy Womens Twill Skinny Cargo Pants -Green

...and of course, pockets for women too!

Why lug a big bag round with you, when you can keep everything around you?


(Messenger) Bags with Pockets!

I used to take a "business case" to work with me.

You know the sort: hard outer shell, opens on a hinge and has lockable 'clips' on the front.

However, I got so fed up with these because:

  • The handle made it awkward to carry
  • The hinges got lose (so you have the delight of the lid slamming down on your fingers every few minutes
  • There were only two or three pockets to put anything in

Then I discovered Messenger Bags.

They have:

  • Handles and a shoulder strap
  • Nice, soft openings and proper clips/buckles
  • and best of all lots of pockets!

Here are some example messenger bags on Amazon.

UTG Multi-functional Tactical Messenger Bag, Dark Earth
UTG Multi-functional Tactical Messenger Bag, Dark Earth

Lots of pockets and compartments in this one!

Olive Green Original Heavyweight Classic Military Messenger Bag with Army Universe Pin
Olive Green Original Heavyweight Classic Military Messenger Bag with Army Universe Pin

Feel like a 'proper' messenger ... or pretend to be a WW2 spy.


Do you want to know more about pockets?

There are some unlikely things you can find on the net and yes, even about pockets!

Pocket Application
Pocket Application

The Tenuous Link

It's time for the tenuous link for this article!

I love pockets, but did you know there is an application called "Pocket"?

Well, here it is (and it's actually useful too)!

Pocket (Formerly Read It Later)

"When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket."

I keep my keys for the house, car and work in one jeans pocket.

Then I have small change and tissues in the other.

If I'm wearing a jumper with pockets I tend to put my iPod in one of them so I can grab it whenever a new task or idea comes into my head!

But what have you got in your pockets?


Tell us then, precious!

What Have You Got In Your Pockets Right Now?

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    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @steadytracker lm: Yes, I know that feeling!

      My wife is always warning me that I'll stretch or rip my pockets, but I keep on stuffing more and more things into them!

      Thanks for reading.

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      It drives my wife crazy because I use my pockets to store everything from oil soaked bolts to weird odds and ends I pick up off the ground. If the kitchen sink would fit, It may even end up there too. Thanks for sharing this cool lens.

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      5 years ago

      Small toys from a chocolate egg (I just finished cleaning the floor after kids went outside). Pockets deserve real love!

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      5 years ago

      Small toys from a chocolate egg (I just finished cleaning the floor after kids went outside). Pockets deserve real love!

    • Jogalog profile image


      5 years ago

      I have a shopping list in mine right now as well as my house keys.

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @miaponzo: A pocket is still a pocket, regardless of where it is!

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      5 years ago

      I love pockets.. :) But right now the only pockets I have are in my bag! :)

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      5 years ago

      Honestly? Nothing at the moment, but I'm a good one for carrying hats, gloves, jewelery, small cards and the like. My pockets most often look like a rat's nest. I'm even wearing my pajama jeans and they have six pockets! Have you ever tried a fisherman's vest? I adore mine and trot around the garden with all sorts of goodies in it, or wear it so I don't have to carry a camera bag or purse. Blessed! :)

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @aesta1: He he! Yes, I always stuff so much in that my wife complains I have saggy pockets!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love pockets but many times, I don't want to put anything in it for fear that it will start sagging. I like to put my hands in it in winter.

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @LiteraryMind: Ah yes, in my winter coat I've currently got:

      Hat (when I'm not wearing it), left hand glove and driving glasses in the left pocket +

      Right hand glove and sunglasses in the right pocket!

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      5 years ago

      Keys are the main thing I carry in my pocket.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I agree. When I go into a store in winter, it's so convenient to have a jacket with pockets. Car keys in one, sunglasses in another. Otherwise, they would need to go in my purse, which is a no man's land.

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Magda2012: Glad you liked it!

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @anonymous: Thanks for your comments and encouragement!

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      5 years ago

      I put a lot of things in my pockets.. cell phone, keys, handkerchief, small coins... Fun lens :)

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      5 years ago

      Just my keys. What a great way to intro into this lens. Gollum is such a cool character.

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @favored: Thanks for leaving a comment!

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      I always have tissues and chapstick in my pockets. Love pockets.

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @HSP Connections: Ah, I hadn't thought of hoodies...

      Yep, beaches and other places with water can be bad for your cell phone's health (as I found to my cost with my iPod)!

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 

      5 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      I beach comb quite often, so I need a hoodie with large pockets... need a place to keep all the interesting rocks and other stuff I find... AND my cell phone.


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