Countless times, we've been shopping for home improvement projects and found ourselves without one very helpful tool: A measuring tape. Whether you're checking out refrigerators in a showroom or figuring out if a toilet's depth will fit a small bathroom, having a tape measure on hand can make or break a shopping trip.
It doesn't have to be anything fancy. I carry a flexible tape that rolls up into about a 1.5" disc (much like the ones pictured up top, available for $15 from Amazon). It fits easily in my purse and measures only about 60", which is enough for most out-and-about purposes. Another idea for an easy-to-bring-along tape measure to keep on your body when going through a renovation: the paper tape measures given out at IKEA.
Do you carry a tape measure with you? What are your tips for remembering it or for making it convenient to keep on you at all times?