In the spring of 2020, my favorite little restaurant opened up again for patio dining. Health and safety measures that were put into place was that shared items, like napkins, salt and pepper, sugar, etc. were no longer available on the table. No tablecloth, placemat or beverage napkins like before. Each patron was given a knife and fork wrapped inside one napkin. If you needed condiments or extra napkins you'd have to ask the waitress and she would run inside and get it for you.
Condensation from my drink left the table wet. Patrons were asking the waitress for items and she was running back and forth and seemed a bit overwhelmed. I didn't have the heart to flag her over to bring me another napkin because of my little pet-peeve. Luckily, I had a clean cloth handkerchief in my purse and placed that under my glass.
Solving future condensation problems, and knowing that I would always ask for certain items when dining out, I decided to put together a little pencil pouch with a few items and throw it in my purse. Of course, a cloth beverage napkin was the first item in my pouch. Travel-sized salt and pepper shakers and sugar-substitute packets were thrown in too. Future dining experiences gave me ideas for other items for safety and convenience.
Within a couple of months, 8 items deemed essential by me filled the pouch. It was not unusual for people dining with me to ask for things from my pouch.
In my observations of patrons out, I thought, "If this pouch makes my dining experience easier, perhaps others would benefit from having their essentials in one pouch too. "
As I started to think of this as a product, it was important to find a pouch of just the right size. Small and light enough to throw into a purse, backpack or glove box but big enough to carry the essentials without being packed. This pouch was so much fun to put together and I never leave home without it. In addition to restaurants, this pouch has been used at the office, at picnics, parties, camp outs, and on airplane travel.