Yes. This is what high-level OCD looks like. But there’s a reason I do this about once a year: Insurance.
I travel several times a month, and this backpack and its contents are always with me. I’ve had a bag stolen before, and without a bucket of receipts to back up a claim, this pic is the next best thing.
Also, I’m wired wrong.
So here’s the list, top to bottom, left to right and links where appropriate:
1. Booq Boa Squeeze. I’ve got way too many bags, as my wife likes to point out on a disturbingly regular basis. But this Booq (the second I’ve owned) represents the first bag that didn’t have me constantly looking for greener pastures. It’s slim, but holds a massive amount of gear, and forces me to occasionally question what I really need to bring. That’s a good thing for my back, but not nearly as good as ditching the single-strap messenger bags.
2. MacBook Air. 1.7 GHz Core i5 with 4 GB of RAM, Lion and a custom Gelaskins cover.
3. iPad 2. 16 GB and 3G.
4. iKlear screen cleaner and cloth. The latter of which is always in one of the two outside pockets.
5. MacBook Air power cable.
6. Canon S95, charger and extra battery. I suck at photos, so carrying a DSLR is pointless and this is the next best thing.
7. Tumi Alpha Passport Case. I swap everything over from my normal wallet into this while traveling overseas.
8. Montblanc Meisterstuck Business Card Holder. Stupid expensive, but it hasn’t aged a day since I got it.
9. Med Bag. A little bit of everything I could ever need. Advil, bandaids, nicotine patches/gum, a Clif Bar or two, gum, etc.
10. Belkin Mini Surge Protector Dual USB Charger. I know plenty of people that have had issues with this, but mine has been going strong since I bought it and it gets used everywhere.
11. Ethernet cable and Apple USB-to-Ethernet adapter. Some of the best advice I ever got from my former boss was to always have an ethernet cable when covering a show. It’s saved my ass on more than a few occasions, and a wired connection is always better than the shit wifi at hotels.
12. iPad charger and Apple 30-pin-to-USB cable.
13. Random HTC USB charger and USB-to-MicroUSB cable.
14. Moleskin. Nearly new and barely been cracked. SimpleNote running on my MBA, iPad, iPhone or any other device I’m carrying took its place years ago. But I still carry it, along with a fleet of pens. Old habits die hard.
15. RayBan Wayfarer 2. Sunglasses in their purest form.
16. Business Cards. Personal and professional, stored in a Moo Card case.
17. Assorted USB thumb drives. Rarely use and often given away.
18. LED Flashlight.
19. Old Sprint USB air card.
20. Sylvania waterproof LED. Odd, but gets more use than the flashlight. Particularly useful as a nightlight in the third hotel room in a week.
21. Shure SE215. Comfortable, solid noise isolation, good on planes and great everywhere else.
22. iPhone 4S. Daily driver.
23. Nokia Lumia 900. I try to have a spare, unlocked phone handy. Preferably something that isn’t iOS, just to keep things interesting.
24. Pens and Styli. Random assortment of rollerballs and gels, along with a Adonit Jot Pro stylus and the recently acquired Smith and Wesson SWPEN3G Tactical Pen with Stylus Tip. It’s preposterous. And awesome.