Now you have to do a stuff-in-my-bag photo too. That’s the rule. It’s better than working, right? Of course it is, you daft sod.
— Matt Gemmell (@mattgemmell) May 5, 2016
Sounds like a dare to me. How can I resist?
First, the bag itself. I love Tom Bihn bags. In addition to this backpack and its clip-in accessory pouches, I own two messenger bags and an assortment of other pouches. They are super high-quality and supremely functional. As you’ll see when I show you how much stuff I can cram into this bag and still have plenty of room to spare!
Let’s look at the contents of the red pouch. That’s where I keep adapters and thumb drives.
Oh, and an iPod nano, for some reason.
I need napkins (and/or paper towels) a lot. I can’t stand having a runny nose, or spilling things. Whatever the reason, I carry a few around with me all the time. I know it’s probably not the best for the environment, but I do buy recycled as much as possible. Anyway, that’s what the black pouch is for. And the large black thing is a padded sleeve perfectly sized for the 11-inch MacBook Air.
Next up, another bag-within-a-bag. This is the one non-Tom Bihn case I use. It’s a Roocase for the iPad mini. The iPad mini actually just barely fits in it, which is fine. I take my iPad mini with me to meetings, especially first-time meetings with new clients, because it doesn’t create a wall like having a laptop on the desk does. I have also stopped carrying my laptop when I travel for pleasure, so the iPad in the Roocase is all I bring. In addition to protecting the iPad, the Roocase has a side pocket into which I manage to shove a Field Notes notebook, Space Pen, headphones and some business cards.
And finally… everything else. This is the entirety of what I had in my backpack when I came to work this morning, aside from some running clothes I had also shoved in but don’t really feel I need to show here.
Look at all that stuff! From top left to bottom right, we have:
- Two copies of my latest CD
- Victorinox Swiss Army Cybertool S, which is too big to actually carry in my pocket but an essential tool for tech geeks
- Another Field Notes notebook
- Sharpie, Field Notes pen, Space Pen
- Compact travel power strip (highly recommended)
- More business cards
- 1/8″ to 1/4″ headphone adapter (not sure why that’s in there)
- Novelty fan that plugs into iPhone Lightning port
- Postage stamps
- iPhone/iPad charger
- MacBook Air charger
- $3.01 in change
- A bunch of Ricola cough drops (original flavor)
- Spare keys on a special strap that Tom Bihn also makes
- Anker portable phone charger, its charging cable, a USB-to-Lightning cable, and carrying pouch
- Roocase with iPad mini and all of that crap inside it
- THE BEST BACKPACK EVER
- 11-inch MacBook Air with padded sleeve
- Accessory pouch with napkins
- Accessory pouch with adapters, thumb drives and iPod nano
P.S. Sorry for the quality of the photos… I hastily snapped these on the studio conference table under harsh fluorescent lighting.