Every morning I read through my favourite technology blogs and one series of blog posts that I confess to enjoying are the Featured Bag posts on Lifehacker. These are basically a series of posts where different people from different jobs/walks of life describe the kind of bag they use and what they keep inside it. I find this interesting because I’m always looking for ways to ensure that what I carry to and from work, to research meetings, and to conferences is lightweight and maximizes functionality. A collection of user submitted bags/backpacks can be found on the Lifehacker Go Bag Show and Tell (hosted on Flickr).
So with that said here is my backpack:
In the main compartment of the backpack I keep:
- Macbook Air + power adapter
- iPad mini – I primarily use my IPad mini to read course textbooks and research papers
- Seagate Backup Plus portable external drive
- A collection of adapters/cables (Lightning cable+plug, VGA/thunderbolt adapter, ASUS Wireless N Pocket Router)
- Logitech Professional Presenter R800 (this is missing from the above photo because I only carry it when I’m teaching or giving a research presentation)
In the front pockets I keep:
- Apple earbuds+mic
- work keys (with usb flash drive attached)
- iPhone 5
- Adonit Jot Script bluetooth stylus
- business cards
- reading glasses
So that’s it — that’s what’s in my backpack :).