I have a $300 amplified Littman. When I'm with a patient, it's around my neck. As soon as I'm done with vitals, it goes back into the pocket in my nursing bag, which it shares with my BP cuff. I think the bag was originally designed as a computer bag, but it's really roomy, and has 2 large central compartments, on of which holds my binder and paperwork (schedule, extra forms) and the other which holds a vast array of frequently used supplies (2x2's, thermometer covers, alcohol swabs, blue interlink connectors, tape, 10 ml NS vials, syringes, etc., etc.) Other pockets on the front hold stethescope, BP cuff, spare batteries for my stethescope, pager AND hearing aids, tape measure, magnifying glass, resuscitation mask, epi kit and spare car keys!
Sometimes I feel like the old fashioned country doctor, lugging my black bag from patient to patient!