As an on-the-go professional, my bag, or in my case backpack, contains the items most important to the productive urban dweller. Since I like to travel light, I don’t carry too much; however don’t let that fool you. On a quick trip out of town, my bag can expand to store up to 7 days worth of clothes, along with an extra pair of shoes (ones that can be bent to fit in place). It’s great when getting on a plane without an extra carry-on, or avoiding baggage fees.
Either way, on a daily basis, you can usually find me walking the cavernous streets of Manhattan, or the low-rise avenues Brooklyn with my backpack on containing the following items:
- Apple MacBook Pro 15” – First and foremost, my laptop. My trusty MacBook Pro. It’s a workhorse adorned in a hard plastic shell casing, and is the focal point of my mobile productivity. I take it almost everywhere I go. Through airport security, across the country, other countries, road trips, you name it. It’s usually with me.
- G-Technology G-Drive – If the MacBook is the brain of the mobile professional, the G-Drive is the heart. Arguably more important than the laptop, the G-Drive is always tucked securely in an inner, inner pocket, in padded leather casing. Also a world traveler, my G-Drive usually goes wherever my laptop does.
- Wires & Cables – For obvious reasons I usually keep my laptop charger, phone USB charger, hands-free kit, and a cable for my hard drive on me at all times, just in case.
- Wireless Mouse – Because I just can’t be confined to the track pad on my laptop, my ergonomic wireless mouse fits the bill and allows me to work in comfort while out and about.
- Vitamins and Tea – I usually have a few packets of Emergen-C vitamins in my bag’s top pocket, along with some bags of green tea. I am big into antioxidants and usually these, along with the multi-vitamins I take every morning, help protect me from getting sick to the point where I can’t work.
- Books – Usually I carry at least one book with me to read while in transit. I am now re-reading a book on Object-Oriented Modeling that I haven’t looked at in awhile. With a new set of projects on the way, a review of the fundamentals is key to keeping me sharp. I also bring a MUJI sketchbook, where I write notes during meetings or daily to-do lists.
That’s about it. The amount of items I carry may vary at times. My iPad or iPod may come with me, or sometimes some snacks to consume while at the office, but generally I always have the items above in my backpack. That way, I can stay ready for anything that comes my way.