Quick, how many flash drives do you have handy? One? Two? Right now I have six. Yes, six and probably close to 100 gb of capacity across all the drives. Of course this includes the 16 GB drive on my keychain (so I always have it), but the other five? Those are in my gear bag. The bag that when I leave the house is pretty likely to come with me. What’s in it?
Let me tell you, or rather show you…
This is everything that’s in my bag when I go out:
I have the Grid-It with four of the USB drives (one is hidden), pens, mechanical pencil, stylus, iPad to VGA adapter, Camera Connection Kit, screen cloth, iPhone cable, and micro SD adapter. Then I have another cleaning cloth (the orange thing), my Moshi Rewind dual charger, my shades (prescription), business cards, ink cartridges for my fountain pen, Moleskine notebook, back up notebook, Sharpies, LED flashlight, another USB drive, earbuds, Joby tripod, iPhone adapter for a tripod, my iPad (with keyboard), iPhone, and a point-n-shoot camera.
And, yes, it all fits in my Booq Taipan XS.
This collection of gear lets me work just about anywhere, anytime. I can take pictures with a choice of cameras (depending on how fast I need or want to share and post). I can write posts, or book chapters. I can jot something down on paper (with a choice of pencil, ball point, or two different fountain pens) to save for later or if I need to tear a page out for someone. Heck I can even give a presentation hooked up to a projector.
Best of all, all of this stuff easy to get to and use. In fact, when I do need to carry my laptop, switching to that bag is as easy as pulling the Grid-it out from this bag and putting it my other bag (with its big brother Grid-it with laptop stuff) and grabbing my sunglasses. My core tech needs are on my Grid-Its so there isn’t any fumbling from one bag to another.
Yes, this is approaching Nerdvana.
Just like the “what’s on your home screen” series, I’m going to get my fellow bloggers here to share their gear bags. Large or small, computer or camera, it doesn’t matter all of them tell an interesting story about how we use our technology. Me, I’m going for the most flexibility in the smallest package. I want to be prepared for pretty much anything on the go and be able to handle it.
Yes, I was a Boy Scout (six years, thank you) and I do even carry a pocket-sized Leatherman multitool in my pocket as well.
Just like your tablet or smartphone home screen, what you carry with you really speaks to what you do during the day and what you expect to run into. I guess I’m planning on needing to take lots of pictures, write something, and, if pressed, give a talk about it all.
Yeah, that’s about right.
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