What's in my bag?

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I enjoy reading about what other people carry around with them in their work bags, especially other people in tech who can do their thing "anywhere." Here's what I carry with me most of the time:

Bag contents

The bag itself is a Timbuk2 Command Messenger bag. It's the most versatile bag I've owned - from storage space to flexibility to TSA-friendliness (though I hate that term) to ruggedness, it does everything I want and more. I should probably review it in a separate blog post.

The cable/accessory organizer is the Skooba Cable Stable DLX. It sometimes feels a little over the top in terms of size and overall bulk (people sometimes ooh and ahh when I get it out, but I can't tell if they're impressed or horrified), but it's been a great all-in-one way to take all of the adapters and cables that I might need around with me.

The keyboard is the Logitech K811 Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard which supports pairing with up to three different bluetooth devices. This makes it handy to use with my laptop, tablet or smartphone when I need a almost full sized typing experience while on the road.

Roost at Starbucks"But wait, doesn't your laptop already have a keyboard?" you ask. Yes, but using a laptop at a table in a coffeeshop or meeting room for a long period of time leads to some neck strain, and that's where the Roost ergonomic laptop stand comes in. It allows me to put the laptop screen at eye-level like a regular computer monitor and use it without discomfort. The Logitech keyboard and a wireless mouse sit on the table surface, and I'm good to go.

Other items shown:

  • Small notebook for taking quick notes
  • Ink pen and tablet pen
  • Headphones
  • USB drive
  • Spork - because why would you go anywhere without a Spork?
  • Electrolyte drink tablets and Emergen-C Vitamin C supplement
  • Screen cleaner
  • Travel size tissues and wipes
  • Travel size deodorant and hand sanitizer

Not pictured:

  • Laptop
  • Business cards
  • Tablet and/or Kindle (only sometimes)
  • Noise-canceling headphones (usually only included for air travel)
  • Water bottle

Since I've been traveling more, I'm trying to reduce this list even further. There are some duplicate and unnecessary items that I could probably do without, but I still struggle with "what if I end up in this very unlikely but still possible scenario, wouldn't I just kick myself for leaving THAT out of my bag?" syndrome. To be continued...

What's in your bag?

5 thoughts on “What's in my bag?

  1. In My bag is:
    My Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" and Belkin keyboard case
    Samsung s390g phone
    Samsung power adapter for phone or tab or keyboard
    a few papers needed for the trip
    touch screen stylus
    screen cleaning cloths
    Pens and pen flashlight
    packets of sweetener --sometimes lo carb wraps
    the bag is a Targus mini bag

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