I try to be a minimalist, so I tend to keep my bag pretty lean — only taking with me what I need on a regular basis.
Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Laptop Messenger Bag: I’ve had this bag since early 2010. It was given to me when I joined Ning, and their old logo is embroidered on the outside. I’ve tried numerous backpacks (including a Wegner Maxxum backpack), but I love how accessible messenger bags are.
Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010): Speaking of Ning, they introduced me to my first MacBook Pro. When they laid me off and took it back, Apple had just refreshed their MacBook Pro line, so I went out and bought one. I paid a little extra for the high-res (1680 x 1080) anti-glare display. She’s running a bit slower these days, and the battery is starting to lose it’s charge more quickly. I may need to replace it in the next year or so, but I’m a little bummed that Apple stopped producing the high-res anti-glare displays in favor of the new Retina displays.
Apple iPhone 5: I picked white (because it would match the rest of my Apple gear), 32GB (because 16GB is not nearly enough for photos, videos, and music), and Verizon (because AT&T’s coverage and customer service sucks). I keep it stashed in a BookBook).
Kindle Paperwhite: The Kindle Paperwhite is the best Kindle that Amazon.com has ever made. The device is very light, the screen has great contrast, and the touch-screen is much more responsive than the previous Kindle Touch. The built-in light is something you will truly appreciate once you use it in a few different lighting settings.
Skullcandy 50/50 Earbuds with Mic: These are the best earbuds you will find in this price range. They feature a “clicker” and mic that work with the iPhone.
Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter: All of the A/V rooms at Amazon.com are only equipped with VGA and DVI inputs, so this is a necessity if I want to project anything.
Apple Lightning to USB cable: Just in case I run out of juice…
Oakley Men’s Antix Sunglasses: I actually have two identical pairs of these (funny story for another time), but I only keep one pair in the bag.
Moleskine Classic Pocket Ruled Notebook: Once I hit the office, I usually take this little guy out and put it in my pocket for when I need to jot down quick notes in a meeting. I don’t like taking my laptop to every meeting.
Moleskine Classic Extra Large Soft Cover Ruled Notebook: I use this larger notepad exclusively for taking notes at BSF.
Zebra Tele-Scopic Ball Point Pen: This pen pairs really well with the pocket-size Moleskine, especially if you strap it in.
Pilot G-Tec-C Gel Rolling Ball Pen, Ultra Fine Point: I have tried all sorts of ballpoint pens, and these are the best I have found for the price.
Medicated Chapstick: I debated whether or not to include this, but I’m probably not the only person with perpetually dry lips. The medicated variant seems to help the most.
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