What’s in my bag

I saw a post on Matt Mullenweg’s blog outlining what he has in his backpack, and found it somewhat interesting since I travel a bit and always keen to see what other travellers do to make life easier.

I clearly don’t travel with as many gadgets or things as Matt does, but I thought I’d share a few of the items I do carry.

I’m a pretty simple traveller, I have my key items that I always like to take with me and have slowly perfected that should and shouldn’t go.

Firstly, things not pictured that I always take include a charger (sometimes I put this in my wheely carry-on bag), a full-sized USB mouse (there are no batteries to go flat and I can use it all day without getting sore fingers). I also have a pretty decent collection of drugs for various situations, should I need them. Hayfever to cold, headache to heart attack, I think I have a decent collection.

Now, things pictured:

  1. iPhone 6 (64GB) – My favourite iPhone…. since the last one.
  2. Bright orange, heavy duty cable – VERY easy to lose / not notice white leads, orange has been great at not being left behind.
  3. Thunderbolt to VGA – projectors, most LCD/LED/Plasma TVs have a VGA input, and a lot of hotels also have VGA inputs.
  4. Generic iPhone headphones – handy for making calls on with the mic & adjusters.
  5. Mediocre in-ear headphones. I go through these often, either lose, break or forget to bring them. Around $100~ buys a decent pair of headphones that I can use on a plane for sleeping. Most airlines give out respectable noise cancelling headphones in business class anyway.
  6. Notebook  – always take this or an A4 notebook with me. Big fan of scribbling notes / thoughts down. Also better than using conferences notebooks as you then have 5 different sources of notes for a trip.
  7. Montblanc Meisterstück 1 Pen Pouch – Where my StarWalker Platinum Resin Pen lives.
  8. Montblanc Wallet
  9. Montblanc Passport Pouch
  10. 15″ Retina Macbook Pro

What can or can’t you live without when you travel?

Ben May

I run a small WordPress development agency, specialising in enterprise and high end WordPress engineering challenges. I love good coffee, fine food and wine, and working on the web.

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