Earlier this week, we asked you what's in your backpack? You shared, and here are five that we thought were pretty great.
With so many bags we couldn't include them all but aimed for a variety, so be sure to check out the original post to see them all. What were some of the most popular items in your bags? Laptops, phones, MP3 players, flash drives/hard drives, notebooks, writing implements, reading materials, snacks, condoms, and keys—but everyone had their own personal touch, like the following five bags:
The Botswana PhD Field Research Kit
- Money Belt
- Voltage Converter
- Nalgene Bottle
- Steri-pen UV purification kit (inside the nalgene)
- USB mouse
- Airline earphone adapter
- Watch with paracord wristband
- Pocket Knife with Swiss Firesteel
- Lens cloth
- Book Stand
- Black Canvas Shaving kit to hold all gadgets (everything here fits in it)
- Extra usb cables and plug
- Mini Powerbar with USB
- Battery Rechargers
- Rechargable Batteries
- Mobile Phone (for African Frequencies)
- Spare SD card
- 4 sketch/notebooks
- USB Keys
- Audio Recorder
- 15" Macbook Pro (Not Pictured)
- Canon Powershot A1100 (Not Pictured)
"I have a long-ish train commute to work, so my backpack is a combination of work, play, travel and commuter accessories."
- Icarus laptop bag from NokHoo - A lot more stylish than my older backpacks and still has space for all my stuff.
- 15" MacBook Pro (or my work laptop IBM T60p)
- iPad - Primarily for use with Evernote and the iPad Kindle App, plus a cloth case from Etsy.
- iPhone To, you know, make and receive phone calls.
- Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 primarily for Webex sessions with remote colleagues.
- Sony retractable headset Great for walking to and from the train and feeding my mild obsession with podcasts. The retractable cable keeps it from getting tangled up in the backpack. Plus, these are the "over the ear" type of headphones. I have a miserable time keeping the ear buds in my ears.
- Reusable coffee cup because I like coffee and hate styrofoam.
- Kingston 4 GB DataTraveller USB Thumb Drive - A little small by modern standards, but plenty big enough for copying small files to un-networked computers.
- Small CD caddy - Handy for keeping around a couple of movies, back up disks. Bought this somewhere in Singapore, but don't think I could find it again if my life depended on it.
- Retractable network cable - Handy for hotels that don't have WiFi.
- LiveScribe Pen and Notebook - Really good for drawing off-line. It lets you import it later as a vector drawing from the pen by a USB cable.
- Comfortable Headset and Microphone - Primarily for use with Dragon Naturally Speaking. Helps avoid wrist/hand pain. Plus there's something kinda cool about putting your arms behind your head, leaning back in your chair and talking to your computer.
- Umbrella - learned this one the hard way :). I usually keep a nice compact one that fits in the side pocket of the bag.
- Power brick for laptop and USB cable for iPhone/iPad
- Hat - For covering my eyes when sleeping on the train.
- Swiss Army Knife - Classic and still mind-bogglingly useful (not shown).
- A few plastic shopping bags - These always come in handy for something, usually when I have something wet and/or dirty that I'm not comfortable stuffing in the bag with all my other stuff.
- Pens - Actually don't use old school pens that often anymore, but they still come in handy once in a while.
- Thinkpad T400 & charger
- HTC Hero & charger
- JBuds J3 earbuds w/ foam tips (nice for noisy airplanes)
- Belkin Mini surge protector / dual USB charger
- 16 GB flash drive
- Spare mini-usb cable
- Short ethernet cord
- Notebook, assorted pens
- Spare change
- Binder clips
- Extra contact lenses
- Glasses & case
- Screen/glasses cleaning cloth
"To give you a rough idea on why I have these items: I'm a student who's cycling to and from uni in rainy England. After uni I often go and explore the city so I get dirty from time to time. It is a beginning for an USK (Urban Survival Kit)."
All in a 55L Karrimor rucksack:
- Nokia E71 Mobile Phone
- Food (fruits, sandwiches, snacks, etc.)
- Water bottle
- Chewing gum
- Cycle Helmet
- Beanie (because when you cycle in Winter time the wind stings your ears quite badly)
- Reflector strip wrapping around the ankle
- Bike pump (sometimes)
- Super special key
- Red tail light (3 modes)
- Petzl head torch (4 modes)
- Bike repair kit
- Student and Society IDs
- Sewing kit (in a plastic box to keep it dry)
- Rain jacket
- Knife with holster
- Plastic bags
- Pens, pencils, highlighters, and erasers
- Study notes
- MP3 player and headphones
- 2GB PQI flash drive
- 120GB hard drive wrapped in kids' socks for protection
- Dental floss
- Hand cream
- Artificial teardrops
"First off and most importantly my drawing, sketching, mark making, tagging and painting supplies along with various sketchbooks, loose sheets of paper, printouts and stickers. Next up is a selection of tools this generally changes from day to day. Usually I have my Leatherman and some screwdrivers, but I've been known to carry saws and hammers too.
A really useful addition to my bag is the orange pencil case which is full of USB cables of all descriptions. I usually throw my memory sticks in here too.
My headphones are Skullcandys, which people seem to consider bad, but I love they have a built in MP3 player—which means no wires (plus they look great). I always keep my passport with me for some reason so that goes in the bag too. Last but not least is my laptop. Not pictured here is the camera I used to take this picture (though my mini telescopic tripod is)."
To see more awesome bags and what they hold, check out the original post.
Send an email to Adam Dachis, the author of this post, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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