We’ve been told this before: “Don’t leave home without it.” In this case it is pencils and something to write on. The something to write on is strictly personal preference. Some writers prefer index cards or three ring notebook paper as these can be categorized and filed just as they are, but others of us prefer steno pads that are particularly portable but require rewriting for filing purposes. Some depend on recorders, but if we go that route we must make sure pencil and pad are on hand as well. Batteries are unpredictable at best, and tapes decide to split or tangle with the propensity of naughty children. Of course there’s the laptop or computer notepad if you have one. Here again these are not as portable or dependable as pad and paper.