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August 19th 2014 9:46 am

What do you keep in your bag for work and travel?

We haven't done of these in a while, but what's everyone keeping in their bags?
  • Topo Design Daypack -- I moved away from shoulder bags because I found backpacks to just be way easier to carry around. I get less shoulder fatigue which is also a plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • Macbook Pro Retina 15-inch
  • iPad 3rd gen -- i bring this for Instapaper queue, but I'm hoping to upgrade to a mini at some point
  • Playstation Vita -- perfect way to unwind on the train ride home. Despite all the amazing games I can't stop playingn Spelunky
  • MeElectronics A151 & Earpods -- I swap between these depending on the situation. The A151 have Comply tips which are good for the office, but the 3-button control of the ear pods are nice for when moving
  • Jockery 6000mAh battery
  • Clean Bottle Square -- this is for the office only

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  • Timbuk2 backpack- I also moved away from shoulder bags for the same reason.
  • iPhone 4s- I want to see how long I can go without upgrading. Verizon has been offering me a discounted monthly bill until I get a new phone, so I'm riding this one out for as long as I can.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4- Can't beat the AMOLED screen for reading comics.
  • Macbook Air 11-inch
  • Sony headphones
  • Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE- For when the train Wi-Fi just can't
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Hell yeah team backpack! At first I thought I'd feel like a dork, but man is it nice. I carry the same amount of stuff but it feels way less heavy on my body.
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This is an interesting topic, because usually I travel with a boatload of stuff. MacBook Pro, iPod touch, Phone, Nexus 7 and so on.

However for my upcoming vacation to Florida in September I wanted to try pack as minimal as possible with what I had, and here is what I came up with:

  • Surface Pro with Touch Cover 2. - I will not need many essential files on vacation and my Surface Pro remains clean and clutter free. It also is smaller than my MacBook Pro. The charger for it has a usb port as well so it can be used to charge my phone.
  • Nexus 4 - Although my current daily driver is a Microsoft Lumia 635, the Nexus 4 remains the most flexible unlocked phone I own that I can use with my T-Mobile SIM Card
  • Bowers and Wilkins P5 - I think extremely highly of these headphones, and they block out a lot of noise on planes
  • Nintendo 3DS XL - Although I wanted to go minimal, the allure of street-passing in Disney parks is too great. I've done it before and it is amazing. Shame the charger isn't standard Micro-USB so I have to bring the small brick along
  • 3" Micro USB Cable - This is the smallest cable I own that will work great for charging my Nexus 4 at night
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You could buy a USB-to-3DS cord: www.amazon.com­/HDE­-USB­-Charge­-Cable­-Nintendo­-3DS­/d...

Or buy a whole kit with chargers for everything: www.dreamgear.net­/shop­-by­-platform­/nintendo­-3ds­/us...

(I actually own a combo micro-USB/mini-USB/3DS cord, but I can't find any online to link you to.)
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I've considered it for sure! I'm just being incessantly cheap. Shipping to where I am for that adapter is $10 making it a $12.50 adapter. Perhaps I should suck it up
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Make some Japanese friends and have them send some to you. (I regret not buying a whole crate in Akiba.)
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I got a random Rip Curl backpack (can't find the name of it). It has this really badass feature in it. There's a medium b/p and a small b/p, which can be zipped together to make a big b/p. The advantage is that I mainly use the medium one for my laptop and chargers, so if I go on a lunch break at the office, I unzip the tiny b/p with my essentials and go.

In the bag:
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T430s (work laptop)
  • Sennheiser PMX 685i (my sport headset, but I've been slacking with buying one for work and while in the car)
  • iPad 4th gen
  • iPod Classic (yes, I still use that for my big music collection, especially because over half an hour of my work commute each way is through an area with very flakey network)
  • Samsung Omnia 7 (work phone goes in the work b/p because it's rarely used other than during working hours)
  • Bunch of chargers (Pebble, micro USB, iPod cable, lightning cable)
  • Napkins (because hygiene is not overrated)
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For me it's very simple:
  • Laptop for my work
  • Wallet
  • Business cards
  • Bus ticket
  • iPhone 5
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As a college I.T. student majoring in Programming and minoring in Graphic Design-
  • Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag- I love this bag. While some complain of shoulder pains, I don't carry much, and I only have one college book in my bag at a time unless the class requires otherwise.
  • iPhone 5- I hope to replace this soon with the next iPhone release, assuming they release a solid smart-watch with it.
  • iPad Air- Yep. I love Apple. Why? It's a completely integrated ecosystem, and it's becoming more so by the update.
  • Macbook Pro- (Mid-2014) I got this for graphic design in college, and so far I'm loving it.
  • JayBuds BluebirdsX- Amazing bluetooth earphones for when I go to the college gym.
  • Grid-It cable manager- a must have for anyone with as many cables as I carry with me
  • 128GB Flash-drive
  • 6000mAh Battery pack because my iPhone battery sucks
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I switch between 2 bags, one is a Mystery Ranch Streetfighter backpack, and the other is a Kona Project 2 messenger bag. Both are great, both serve unique purposes.
from there;
  • Macbook Pro Retina 15 inch, because I had a bunch of money and like the laptop/OS a lot.
  • Sony Z1s with T-mob. I switched from Verizon and don't miss anything. the LTE is blazing fast and the screen/processor/camera/waterproofness in the phone are incredible. The only thing I don't like is the size, and this is why I'm considering switching to the 4.7 inch iphone 6.
  • Ipod touch 64 gig. I needed it in Afghanistan for music and the ruggedness (when in an otterbox) and still use it because it holds like 1/2 of my music.
  • Mophie powerstation PRO juicepak. It has a 6,000 mah battery and is rugged as hell. I love it and use it almost daily.
  • sony bluetooth headphones. I listen to music when I run/cycle/do insanity/play basketball and need headphones that stay in and don't have a cable that gets snagged on crap.
  • spyderco endura 4. it's light blue, so it doesn't look scary.
  • Glock G22 in flat dark earth. Because you never know.
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  • Oakley Vertical Messenger Bag. I prefer it to the backpack I have (Samsonite unknown model) as it mounts on the handle of my rolling suitcase.
  • HTC One (M7) 4G with unlimited data hotspot, no need for any mifi type devices then
  • Nvidia Shield Tablet (just replaced my 2012 Nexus 7 with this) along with its controller.
  • AKG 451 headphones, sometimes my Fiio E07K comes along for the ride too. Great sounding and compact/foldable can't be beat in my books
  • Hifiman RE-Zero are usually always in the backpack as backups as they don't get used much any more. Have Comply tips on them which work well
  • No Outlet No Problem Expedition 3.0 11,200 battery pack. Also have my Expedition 1.0 Kickstarter edition if going away for extended periods, usually lives under my motorbike seat for emergency charging while touring.
  • Alienware M11X R2 - compact laptop with plenty of grunt if I need it. Has a few upgrades (SSD, 8GB RAM, AC Wifi card)
  • A single 2.1A USB wall charger - plug that in my Expedition and charge two devices from that.
  • A pair of MicroUSB Echo Smart Connect leads which are tiny instead of reams of cables hanging around, serve double duty for charging, data storage.
  • Samsung WB150 Camera - I barely use it but it's good to have it with me just in case I want to take some proper photos.
  • Samson Go Mic USB - for Skype mainly as laptops built in one isn't that great when you want to not have your face right up in the laptop
  • Zalman ZM-VE200 virtual CD drive - got all my ISO's on it, used to be mainly to carry movies but now stores my software and if I need a little extra storage
  • Bunch of misc - Couple of retractable CAT5 cables, laptop PSU, Leatherman CE4, Cree torch with spare batteries, USB 3 Micro SD and SD Card reader, couple of USB thumb drives, Micro SD to SD adapter, my trusty Opinel.
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How do you like the Hifiman buds? I've been thinking about picking them up to replace my A151's but I'm worried the stereophonics on the cable is going to drive me nuts.
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  • 1x Surface Pro 128GB
  • 1x Surface RT 64GB
  • 1x Nexus 7 (2012)
  • 1x Kensington ValuKeyboard
  • 1x Nokia Lumia 920 Developer Device
  • 1x QI Wireless Charger
  • 3x Micro USB to USB cables
  • 4x Various-sized USB sticks
  • 1x iPhone 4
  • 1x Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI
  • 1x HDMI Cable
  • 1x USB 3.0 Micro-USB Hub
  • 1x Denon Headphones
  • 1x External Battery (Don't know the size)
  • Other crap that I don't use often
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I was going to ask why you would have a Surface pro and RT in your bag, but judging by the 920 developer device, I am guessing you are a developer for windows/windows RT?
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Yeah, I have been developing apps and games recently. I got the RT for free and I paid to get the pro. I carry both to make up for the pro's notoriously bad battery life.
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Yeah I don't blame you. I don't use my surface pro as my primary machine, but if I did I would easily have invested in the power cover for it.
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In my bag right now:
  • My VAIO C Series laptop (goodbye soon, old friend...)
  • Kindle Paperwhite 2nd-gen (reading The Giver by Lois Lowry)
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Combo mini-USB/micro-USB/30-pin connector cable
  • Two pairs of disgustingly cheap headphones I will not dignify by naming
I left the Nintendo 3DS XL home today, but usually I carry that around too to pick up some StreetPasses.
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I could stand to clean out my bag, but since I'm traveling now, no better time to see what's in it (it being a backpack that said 'mobileedge' on it that I got from the Audi store. No idea of the model, but its comfy):

Surface Pro 3 + cyan type cover + charger
Asus VivoTab Note 8
Various USB chargers and cables
A dozen hdmi/dvi/displayport adapters/cables
SIM resizers
Logitech wireless trackball (laptop trackpads -eek)
Nokia Lumia 1520 (best phone I've ever had)
Nexus 5 (for Google Glass connectivity)
T-Mobile LTE hotspot
Sony MDR-XB500 headphones. Not very compact, but sound awesome. Good at blocking out plane noise too
A seashell my 10 month old tried to eat, then gave to me
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