What's in your bag?

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I feel like I live out of my backpack most days, especially at events. I thought this could be an interesting post to share what we all put in our backpacks. Maybe we’ll find something new to put in our own bag.

Here’s my list

  • Laptop
  • Laptop Charger
  • Headphones (recently upgraded to noise cancelling)
  • 2 each of USB-C, Micro-USB, Lighting cables
  • 2-3 USB wall plugs
  • 1-2 books to read
  • 2 port Portable Battery
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss (I actually have a full size tube and I’ve never had a problem)
  • Antiperspirant
  • Insulated Water Bottle
  • Ibuprofen
  • Business Cards
  • Stickers of me and my cats
  • HackCon postcards from last year
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I love this post @Jarek, and have slight angst as I think about sharing all the silly things I carry around in my backpack…but here’s what I carried when I visited my first Hackathon, Pickhacks. @Sean is there anything I should pack extra when I come visit your fine city for LA Hacks?

  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Bluetooth Noise cancelling headphones
  • Headphones charger
  • Headphones cord in case I need it to watch something on the plane
  • Ibuprofen
  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Insulated water bottle
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Muscle relaxant to take at night (my spine is messed up)
  • Book to read
  • Lip balm
  • Lip gloss
  • Lip stick (I know I have a problem)
  • Wallet
  • Tissues
  • Pen
  • Business Cards
  • Extra MLH Tee

oh goodness:

  • wallet (multiple at a point at my life because I didn’t want to get rid of my large, bulky female wallet)
  • left and right hand wrist brace
  • Advil
  • sunglasses that I wear once in a blue moon
  • highlighter (but no pen :dizzy_face:)
  • lip balm
  • water bottle
  • portal battery
  • usb - microusb/usb-c/iphone charger adapter i got from PennApps
  • 3 types of headphones (noise cancelling headphones + its cord, running wireless earbuds, wired earbuds for in case i run out of juice on the other two)
  • mints
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3 types of headphones :joy::rofl::joy:

Here’s my standard packing list!

  • :world_map: Passport (Yes, I’m a weirdo who carries his passport with him everywhere)
  • :computer: 13’ MacBook Pro
  • :iphone: Pixel 1 Android Phone
  • :blue_book: Whatever book I’m reading
  • :film_projector: HDMI, USB, VGA, and Lightning Bolt to USB-C Adapters
  • :memo: Moleskin notebook and G2 Pilot pens
  • :tv: HDMI cable to connect my laptop to my hotel room TV
  • :electric_plug: Universal power adapter & small multi-plug extender
  • :apple: Granola bars, apples, or other small snacks
  • :headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones
  • :tshirt: 4x MLH t-shirts (I spill stuff all the time)

Stickers of me and my cats

@Jarek, I want some stickers of your cats…

Anyways, here is what I pack

  • various chargers
  • good amount of pens/pencils
  • Mini-display to HDMI adapter
  • dry-erase marker
  • Swell bottle
  • small flash light
  • ear plugs

I wish I could pack my cat, but she doesn’t travel well.

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Laptop charger
Head phones
Phone charger
Flash drives
USB cable


My standard backpack:

  • MacBook Pro 13"
  • Kindle - I read 2-3 books concurrently, this is the only way I don’t get terribly weighed down.
  • Power Bank - Always be charging.
  • Belkin Portable Surge Protector - See above. This is a really sweet charger & surge protectors. You have no idea how many friends you can make until you start carying a surge protector around with you.
  • USB-C Adapters Galore - The future sucks. See above.
  • Leuchtturm1917 Hard Cover Medium A5 Dotted Notebook x2 - These are the best - they have page numbers, tables of content, and two bookmarks. I keep one for work and one for personal use.
  • Paper Mate InkJoy 300RT - Black 1mm Pens - After some searching I decided these were the best pens that I could reliably get at any store, but also love.
  • Alaska Bear Eye Mask - Having an eye mask makes so many places so much more sleepable: planes, crappy hotels, NJ transit if you want to be worried for your safety.
  • Sleepy Time, Peppermint, and Good Earth Tea - See above. Plus tea is the best drink on a plane.
  • Rain Jacket & Umbrella - Depending on the coast, one is more acceptable than the other. @jade got me a pretty sweet rain jacket that I always have with me.
  • Loon Stickers - Because you can’t just order one loon sticker for your laptop.
  • Business Cards
  • Passport
  • Tissues
  • Ibuprofen
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So yesterday my bag spilled while I was moving tables in a coffee shop and revealed the cornucopia of random stuff I have in my backpack and it made me think of this thread.
Here’s what I always have on me:

  • My bullet journal (dotted notebooks only)
  • My notebook for coding notes, UI sketches, notes about any tech related books or podcasts I consume, tech resources people recommend, hack/app/website ideas, and good advice. It’s basically a bunch of cheatsheets.
  • cute stationary
  • washi tape
  • I kid you not, over 35 pens and markers
  • headphones
  • phone charger, laptop charger, portable charger
  • various hackathon stickers
  • glass water bottle (the Coaches know very well how I feel about staying hydrated)
  • reusable silverware + straw
  • red lipstick, chapstick
  • a replica of Dana Scully’s FBI ID
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lol ever use it for a costume?

Macbook Pro 15"
Macbook Charger
USB-C to Lightning Cable
Laptop Sleeve
Idea Notebook
Music Binder
Class Folders
Water Bottle
Pocket Knife
Key Chain