Road Warrior Series: My Current Laptop Bag

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.

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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:

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.

Questions: What kind of bag do you use and what do you carry in it? What am I missing in my system?
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    The laptop bag looks fine.

  • Joy Argow

    Hey there Michael
    I’m in the market for a case and sleeve for my new MacBook Air. Any recommendations? Found your video very insightful!


    • Michael Hyatt

      I can’t recommend a case, but I have the Belkin neoprene sleeve, which is very nice. Thanks.

  • mcnair wilson

    Very helpful ideas, Micheal. One adjustment to video (surprised you didn’t catch this.) When shooting a “black-on-black” bag (inside and out) and the camera zooms in we get a close up of blackness. Even with the light dialed to max on my Mac I SEE NOTHING—no interior details. It became a radio show at those points. A wider shot and a small spotlight would have made this video perfect. We did get the general drift though of the vertical format bag and the use of the smaller bags for groups of tools and grub. I use them also for my array of arts supplies that are with me 24/7 + attachment bag, headphones, and pipe, tobacco, & tools. I carry an 8″x10″ hard cover sketchbook (no iPad) fro notes, doodles, designs, ideas. Have filled 150+ blank paged books since college.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for the coaching on this. I am a total novice and just learning. Thanks.

      • Joe Questel

        Michael, do you ever carry files with you when you are traveling? It seems that only the larger Tumi bag has sufficient space for any amount of files you might require.

        • Michael Hyatt

          Not often. I carry a plastic file folder for receipts and another folder with a printout of my speech (if I am speaking). Other that that, everything is in my computer, especially Evernote. I’ve tried to go paperless as much as possible.

          I have one of those big Tumi bags. It is awesome but heavy.

          • Oddtaco

            Michael, do you know where this bag can be purchased in the US?

          • Michael Hyatt

            I’m sorry, I don’t. I got it online.

          • Food Waste Recyclers

            In that case it should be easy enough to find via Google.  I like your tactic of trying to go paperless to be able to carry less.  I haven’t tried Evernote, but it’s probably about time I stop littering my desktop with text documents.

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  • Hanz Lautner

    When buying a laptop you should protect your new laptop from damage.When you bring the laptop along with you, an effective way to protect the laptop is using a quality hard metal carrying case.

  •öm/100000262162732 Mikael Sundström

    I use laid off laptop sleeves to pack additional shirts and pants the same way as you use the eagle creek bags to pack cords and stuff. If properly folded, suit pants and shirts look perfect when unpacking and if your laptop bag is big enough you can get away with only carry-on luggage even if you need to make a trip which requires both casual and not-so casual wear.

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  • Vig

    Won’t you get shoulder pain when all the weight goes on one shoulder? I prefer backpack. Where I’m at, people wear suits and carry backpacks.

    • MiniBins

      I think the trick would be to switch shoulders occasionally.  That or make sure you buy a nice light laptop.  A backpack may be better on your back and shoulders, but it doesn’t have that same business professional look.

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