I’ve tried being a minimalist … more than once.
It just doesn’t jive with my personality. I like to have all my things within reach at any time. I carry two smartphones – one Android and one iOS – for that very reason. I don’t like to be without the things I need; therefore, I need a big bag with lots of organization to keep my daily carry from being a total disaster inside.
This year, I’ve instilled a great deal of organization in my life and, thus, my bag. I’ve tried to cut down to the things I frequently need, not just the things I want to have near me.
I’m really bad at this organization thing, but I’ve done my best.
Carrying a lot of gear sort of comes with the territory for someone in my line of work. On any given day, I might need multiple phones, a tablet, a camera, and a laptop. All of those things need to stay charged, so I need cables – lots of cables – and AC adapters. And, well, the result is a bag that’s usually packed to the brim.
What’s in my bag? Take a look below to see for yourself!
I used to have a problem with bags. I still own a lot, but I no longer buy a new bag every few weeks, nor do I switch bags anymore.
I did some research, asked for some advice, and finally pulled the trigger on the nicest bag I’ve ever owned. I needed something with lots of space, lots of pockets, and it needed to be made of quality material. I picked the perfect bag: the booq Boa shift.
The laptop pocket, which holds up to 17-inch laptops, is heavily padded, it has a quick-release keychain holder, and a giant main pocket with lots of sleeves and overlapping pockets. It’s water-resistant and even comes with a tiny little man-purse to hold my little trinkets.
At $150, it was a tough bullet to bite, but I have no regrets. You can’t go cheap if you want to take care of your expensive gear.
As a guy to reviews mobile devices, you can find a wide array of devices in my bag on different days.
For instance, in the last two weeks you might have found a LG Lucid 3, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, Nokia Lumia Icon, Oppo Find 7a, and the LG G2. But the devices I carry every day are much more predictable. You’ll find an iPad mini with a (RED) edition Smart Cover and a ZAGGkeys Cover, alongside a Verizon iPhone 5 and HTC One M8 for T-Mobile, as well.
In the back pocket, there’s a early 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display, and I carry a Sony NEX-5N daily with a kit lens, Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens, and a spare battery.
Peripherals, chargers, and accessories
This is where I go a little crazy, because there are few things in this world I hate more than dead batteries. I typically carry six full-length microUSB cables, one Lightning, and one Pebble charging cable. My favorite cables, however, are the short cables I have accrued over the years. I have a Nomad ChargeKey (Lightning), a Kero microUSB cable, and a short Jawbone microUSB cable. I keep all the longer cables tangle-free using Nite Ize Gear Ties (glorified and overpriced twist ties), and they’re incredible.
There is also a MacBook charger with the extension cable and two USB AC adapters – one Motorola two-port 1A block and one 2.1A block. And I don’t leave the apartment without the Philips 3-outlet 2-USB surge protector.
Chargers don’t end there. (Yeah, I have a problem.) I have a Dark Energy Reservoir (8,000mAh) that I never go without and a myCharge Peak 6,000 battery packs, just in case.
I typically carry two sets on headphones every day, as well: a Bose MIE2i headset and Nokia Purity Pro active noise canceling, Bluetooth headphones.
Finally, I bring a 1.5TB Sony USB 3.0 external HDD to store large files – especially raw video footage – on. And I go nowhere without one of my favorite gadgets: a Meenova microSD card reader (the little orange square above).
Believe it or not, us tech guys need non-tech stuff, too.
For personal hygiene, I toss some Tweezerman nail clippers in the front mesh pouch, as well as a stick of Carmex lip balm.
I also carry some light tools, just in case. You’ll find a generic, extra-small screwdriver set (for swapping the bands on my Pebble) and a Kobalt screwdriver in the right side pocket. And I also toss a Gerber Dime multitool in the mesh pocket. I keep business cards (both mine and those of acquaintances) in a zip wallet, and I have a couple microfiber cloths in my bag. No one likes finger smudges.
For those rare occasions I have to write things on actual paper, I revert to the reliable Zebra F-301 (0.7mm) and a Sharpie pen. Those occasions are, however, quite rare.
Oh, and because the pollen is out of control this year in North Carolina, I carry an emergency bottle of store-brand allergy relief medicine to keep me from hating life too much during the spring and fall.
That about does it for all the gear in my bag. Many think it’s excessive, but I’d rather have everything I need than do without. I never have to deal with a dead battery, on any of my devices; I have tools … just in case; and everything has a dedicated space in my bag. I even have more room – in case I need to add something else to my list of daily carries – to boot.
What’s in your day bag, ladies and gents? Take to the comments to tell us about (and maybe show) us all the gear you can’t do without!