And all of the stuff in it. The only reason I have such a bag is so that I can carry the stuff I need to meetings and to the IT building (across the street). This is a Swiss Gear laptop backpack with a special laptop compartment. This thing is huge!
This is what’s in the bag. Please click on the gallery to see all the details. I keep my purse (the small black bag) in the backpack because I can just take it out if we go out for lunch and I won’t have to fill my pockets with all my stuff. I’ve got, from the bottom left:
- My quad-rule steno pad and my work badge
- Sansa Sandisk 4 gb + 2 gb microsd card
- Book that I’m reading (right now it’s The Great Gatsby); I hope to replace this with my Nook if I ever get it back from my brother!
- 5-Star notebook that I’m supposed to be drafting NaNo stuff in. I’m not. Ooops.
- Work laptop charger (no laptop as I don’t want to bring it home with me)
- Hotel card (I can hardly wait til I get to my apartment!!)
- Carmax chapstick
- Pen (actually this pen is one that I keep at the hotel/home because I found that I needed to write things here.)
- (Not shown) LG Optimus V Android Phone (with 8 gb microsd card); used to take photo
And this is the backpack. I’ve decided that I love it. There are plenty of pockets and I love the bottle carriers on the side. I usually have a water bottle in one and a gatorade bottle in the other.
If I had a bike, I’d be riding it every day to work; I’d be able to tie my bike up closer to the door and not have to walk so far to my desk!
I’ve been meaning to put together a tech bag/urban assault bag/art bag for awhile now, and I found the perfect bag for it: a Swiss Gear small messenger bag. I can’t seem to find any pictures on the web for it, so I suspect that it’s a discontinued model, which is fine because I got it at Meijer for about $25.
This bag has padding in both of its sections, and the main compartment is expandable with a zipper to accommodate the extra room. I can easily carry my netbook, a regular book or my Nook, my sketchbook, and other things.
So, let’s see what I might carry for what applications.
- cell phone
- misc. bag (contains some meds, tissues, my dues cards for OES and Nile, chapstick, etc)
- my version of the “hipster PDA”: a moleskine calendar and a moleskine small lined book, held together with the stretchy cord of the calendar
- Walkman MP3 player
- book I’m reading
- pastel crayons
- drawing ink pen
- small canvases if they fit
- usb key (holds some of my most important files)
- charger for my netbook (if I’m going to be out or travelling)
- Ubuntu LiveCD (for fixing other people’s computers; happens more than you think!)
- moleskine cashier for notes, even though I use Tomboy Notes for most everything
- library bag, with Nook and library books
- bag to hold my stuff for Nile; actually this will work; as it holds everything but the charitable giving notebook, but I can carry that in my hands
I don’t know. This bag is very versatile, and I’m hoping to use it for one of these applications. I’m almost keen on replacing my purse with it, but I feel that it’d be too heavy for regular purse use. Also, I have a tendency to load up my bags with too much stuff; this is why I carry a relatively small purse. If I didn’t have a small purse, I’d probably load it up with everything but the kitchen sink and have major back pain as a result.