Sunday, November 2, 2008

What's in Your Backpack?

I’ve been a ‘bag’ kind of guy since I was just a little kid. Any bag Dad would bring home from work…

Then in my own business I’ve been through literally 50+ bags that have been ‘mine’. But now I’ve used the same backpack for over three years now… a World’s Record!

I had some time this evening (in Detroit) and I thought I’d document up what is in my Backpack.

I have had many years of travel experience and have honed my packing skills to bring along just the right set of equipment and supplies to support me wherever I might be. I can work, be entertained, read, relax, and generally take pretty good care of myself with just what is in my backpack.

Every item on this list has a specific purpose and reason for being included. This backpack has to fit in the overhead compartments of even the smallest of Regional Jets, or under the airline seat. And… I have to carry it with me and send it through TSA security checkpoints over 100+ times per year!

This combination of equipment is the culmination of thousands of hours of travel and on-the-road work. Work in Hotel rooms, Crown Rooms, Airports, client offices, backs of bouncing pickup trucks, subways, and even at my home and work offices…

Everything can be recharged via USB 5v systems – and I carry two spare 5v batteries and three USB Charging stations so I’m never without power for these devices. Everything is also 110v/220v so I can travel internationally. Depending on the country, I just have to add a small bag of adapters and I’m ready to go.

So here it goes…

Keith Parsons - Backpack Contents

- Brenthaven Expandable Trek Backpack

In Bottom of Front Pocket
- Main Unit – Small case I can pull out and easily setup on a desk
32GB USB Drive - Corsair - Backup and All my install files

USB SD Card Reader

USB Charging Battery - Lennar

USB Charger Cable for iPhone

8GB USB Drive - Temporary Files

16GB USB Drive - Instructor Master

8GB USB Drive - Aruba PTT Course

Flashlight - Surefire Executive Defender

Mini Cable to VGA for MacBook

Red Pen - Bic 5mm

Black Pen - Sharpie Mini
20GB Firefly USB powered Hard Drive

CarryAll - NiteIze Mobile Accessories

- USB Charger w/Dual adapter iPhone and Mini USB

- Apple AirPort Express Extreme - set to WPA to share Wired

- 60Watt Apple Macbook Power Suppy

- Allsop Mouse Beanbag

- Apple Bluetooth 'Mighty Mouse'
- Canon Sureshot Digital Camera

Charging Unit

Tums EX


Tube of Tylenol Extra Strength

Cherry Chapstick

Ceramic Paper Cutter

Fingernail Clippers - A.G. Russell

Fingernail File

Twezzers - L.A. Cross

USB Charger Cable for Kindle

USB Charger Cable for Mini USB

USB Charger Cable for iPhone

USB 4-port Hub - APC

USB AC Charger - Lennar

USB Charging Battery - Lennar

USB Male to Mini USB Cable - Zio Shorty

USB AC Charger - Apple

CarryAll - NiteIze Mobile Accessories

Network Unit
RJ-45 to DB-9 Console Cable Adapter - Aruba

USB to DB-9 Serial Adapter -

USB to Serial Converter w/cord

USB to Serial Drivers Mini CD

RJ-45 Cross Over Adapter

3' Cat-5 Cable

6' Cat-5 Cable - Retractable

4-port USB Hub with Octopus Cable

AirMagnet abgn Wireless LAN Adapter w/AirMagnet Licenses

Ubiquiti abg Wireless LAN Adapter w/2dBi Antenna
w/AirMagnet Licenses
CarryAll - NiteIze Mobile Accessories

Back Main Section
Spare Bifocal Glasses in Protective Case

Spare Computer Glasses in Protective Case

Sunglasses in Protective Case

Package of M&Ms

Package of Salted Peanuts

Monster 'Dr. Dre' Noise Cancelling Headphones

Amazon Kindle in Leather Case

Apple Macbook 13" - Aluminum Unibody 2.4GHz w/320GB HD

Monster Cable - 4-port Portable Power Strip

Passport in Mesh Liner

Wallet 'spare' ID and Credit Cards in Mesh Liner

Cash - $300 in $20s

Right Side Pocket
Garmin Nuvi 250 Portable GPS

w/Suction Mount & USB Charging port

Outside Mesh used for loose change

Ball Speaker - USB Powered

Left Side Pocket

IO Scribe Digital Pen

Portable Microphone

Earbuds w/Airline Adapter

Variety of Medicines in Single Serving Packets

Front Left Zipper Pocket

Car Keys

Ninja' Remote

Eyeglass Cleaner Pads

Pre-moistened Lens Cleaning Tissues

Front Right Zipper Pocket

Tide Stain Remover Pen

Fingernail Buffer Tool

Large Pre-Moisten LCD Cleaning Tissues

Front Zipper Pocket

Spare Mont Blanc Rollerball Pen

Spare Mont Blanc Rollerball Refill

Airline Coupons and Pre-Paid Vouchers

Spare Red Pens and Sharpies

Sleeping Eyemask and Earplugs

First Aid Kit

Front of Backpack

S-Biner Snap-On Caribiners - 10Lb Versions

Altoids Sugar-Free Wintergreen Smalls

Delta Skymiles Platinum Medalion Tag

Top Front Pocket

V-Mode High-Quality Earbuds

Airline Adapter for Headphones

Motorola Bluetooth Earpiece w/USB Charging Port

Spare AAA Batteries

USB Charging Cable for Ailph Jawbone Bluetooth

Aliph Jawbone Slim Bluetooth Adapter

2GB SD Card

Business Cards

3x5 Cards PrePrinted with my Information and Grid Patter

Small Narrow Notepad

2"x2" Yellow Post-It Notes

Spare Mont Blanc Rollerball Refill

Microfiber Cloth

2GB 'Temp' USB Drive

4GB 'Master' WLAN Student USB Drive

Crown Room Card

Delta Airlines Platinum Status Card

United Airlines Gold Premier Status Card

United Red Carpet Lounge Passes

Small Leather Case to Protect Jawbone Bluetooth Adapter


Gramps said...

My question is how do you get through security with all those items? Aren't some of them unallowable? You are my kind of guy Keith. Laura, Janet, you and me, the bag folks.
Missed you for Sunday dinner.

Karrissa Winward said...

My gosh you have a lot of stuff!

Gram said...

That is a lot of stuff to carry. You are organized in your backpack like Dad is in his life. I love bags, too. I just don't accumulate like the rest of my family. I look and wish and then decide I don't need and can save the money. I wouldn't want to heft that backpack, but you seem to have everything you need in one bag and that is great.

Janet said...

Great post, Keith. I should do one on my purse, which is not as comprehensive as your backpack, but I do have all I need and a place for everything and everything in its place.

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