WHAT DOES THE ERUV MEAN TO ME?
Anything that it is permitted to use in the home on Shabbat can be carried or used in the Eruv, as long as there is a purpose for it on Shabbat i.e. carry a prayer book to shul as it will be used there, or for those with babies, nappies, as they will probably be needed during Shabbat too!
Other useful items might be house keys, food or water, Talleisim, medicines, walking frames, crutches, wheelchairs, buggies, sunglasses, reading glasses, handkerchiefs, a change of shoes and so on.
It also allows us to carry a raincoat or extra jumper, which can be useful in combatting our English weather!
It is important to remember that anything that cannot be used on Shabbat is still prohibited to carry in an Eruv on a Shabbat or Yom Tov. This includes mobile phones, pens, wallets, credit cards, money, umbrellas (as it is not permitted to open an umbrella on Shabbat as it creates a structure) or items that are for use after Shabbat.