Recently, Chris Brogan did a video blog on his new Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 carry-on bag. I was so impressed, I went to REI that afternoon and bought one. It have now taken several trips with it and love it.
In like manner, I thought I would do a series of “Road Warrior” posts, since I travel a good deal myself. I always find it helpful to see what others are doing, and I hope this might prove helpful to you as well. I am also hoping to get additional ideas from you. I am always looking for ways to improve my system.
The video explains it all, but for reference, I am currently using the Knomo (pronounced no-moe) Stirling Messenger Bag. The company is based in London, but I got it in a few days. To my surprise, their U.S. office is in Brentwood, Tennessee, not far from my home.
What’s inside? Here are the items I mention in the video, in roughly the order I present them:
- Apple Macbook Pro 15″
- iPad 64GB Wi-Fi (non-3G) with Pogo Sketch Stylus
- Moleskine Notebook
- Passport, business cards, and Orbit Peppermint gum.
- Travel folder, with documents I will need for meetings and a paper version of my itinerary. I also use this folder for storing my receipts. When I get back to the office, I just hand this file to Vicki, my assistant, to process.
- Items I might need quick access to, including a MagSafe Airline Power Adapter for my MacBook Pro, a Verizon USB760 Wireless Modem, and a set of Shure noise-canceling earphones (they make a variety of models).
- Eagle Creek Pack-It Quarter Cube. This is what I use to carry my snacks, medicine, and miscellaneous items. I have two mini zip-lock bags I picked up at Walgreens, for Excedrin and one for Ibuprofen. I also have Alka-Seltzer, Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm, hand santitizer, a back-up pack of Orbit Peppermint gum, and three packs of Starbucks instant coffee.
- Eagle Creek Pack-It Sac Small. This is what I use to carry my non-laptop power cords, including a Monster Outlets-to-Go Power Strip, my iPad and iPhone power cords and adapters, and a Kingston 16GB Data Traveler flash drive.
- Eagle Creek Half Tube Cube. This is what I use to put my MacBook Pro laptop power cord, mini-DVI to VGA convertor, and KeySpan “Easy Presenter” Remote Control for clicking through slides. The best thing is that when I speak, I can just hand my laptop and this bag to the production staff, and they have everything they need to get me set up.
To see how I pack all this up, you can watch the video. I want to acknowledge that this is a work-in-process. I continue to fine-tune as I go.