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:
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.
"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
- 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
- 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?