I’m rarely without my shoulder bag, a habit that’s persisted since my school years.
Here’s a selection of what it contains, as a reminder/inventory for myself, for potential interest to others, and because I have an Amazon referral account.
I learnt the hard way the danger of leaks and spills inside my bag. These are light-weight and great for easy-access subdivisions – one for cables, one for laptop etc.
Incredibly bright (1k Lumens), small, lightweight and fairly cheap. My phone has a torch but I often want to conserve its battery, and have something less valuable I can throw around! This isn’t the model I own but the closest I could find.
I periodically find myself flying to/from LaterPay’s Munich office, and these make a 0625 flight less damaging to my day.
Fantastic little device – a single device to connect to a new WLAN so all my other devices can keep connecting to it. Particularly useful given how frustrating connecting a Kindle can be, or those various captive portals in hotels etc.! At some point I’ll get around to making it do smart VPN things…
I didn’t originally want a MacBook, but after my 13” Air took two pints of tea and it was the only thing available for next-day delivery, I grew to like it.
It’s incredibly light, and does nearly everything I need – builds code, runs Docker, runs VirtualBox / Vagrant – the only times I wish for something beefier are when I’m running Firefox!
Essential kit if you have a MacBook with its general lack of ports, this gives you HDMI and USB-A.
I thought I’d never give up on dead-tree books. I still haven’t, but when it comes to fiction, the ability to have the next book in the series right there, along with a week’s worth of reading in my coat pocket, was awesome.
For non-fiction where I want to scribble notes, flick between sections, and leave bookmarks scattered throughout, I doubt I’ll ever go Kindle – at least until Amazon MatchBook comes to the UK and I get free search and indexing.
Invaluable for keeping my phone running, the odd occasion when my Kindle needs it, and I can run my MacBook from it.
Thanks to Meri Williams for the recommendation!
Small lightweight USB charger for the occasions when I actually have a wall to plug in to.
I’m a huge fan of Amazon Basics for cables, or Anker for what they don’t stock.
- USB A to C so I can charge my MacBook
- USB A to Micro-B so I can charge my Kindle or battery
- Lightning cable so I can charge my phone
Because sometimes the blood sugar needs a boost. These are resistant to temperature ranges and getting squashed!