I have a night job as a valet, and I need to carry a pen to note in which space I have parked a car. I am forever losing pens as they fall out of my pocket when I am getting in and out of cars. My current solution is to attach the pen to a keyring, which I keep on my belt loop with a carabiner. This results in the pen often getting caught on or jammed against things, and frequently the clip on the pen breaks or comes off, so I can't reattach it. The following constraints apply:
- Due to uniform restrictions, pen cannot be attached to shirt or worn around neck
- Pen must be readily accessible with one hand at all times
- Solution must work with any cheap click-type ballpoint pen
I have considered (but not tried) using a length of string rather than my current keyring method. A sufficient length of string would probably result in the pen falling out of my pocket and getting lodged somewhere, and something subsequently breaking (pen, string, or belt loop on pants). I'll still try it, but I'd like some ideas I feel more confident about.