I think a bag can surprisingly be a really good parameter on how someone operate. Person with Targus most likely has a Windows OS in their laptop, TUMI horde maybe traveling for business, and I imagine Porter & Yoshida folks will do vipassana at 5 in the morning.
In tech and startup, the majority of people that I know usually wear backpack because laptop + dongle + gadget + charger = heavy. And because backpack distribute weight nicely on your shoulder, it’s really popular and good choice. Me myself, for decades become a firm believer in messenger bags over backpacks, preferring the tradeoff of easy access over sore shoulder.
My daily bag is a Filson Briefcase. While the bag is not a star in look department, it’s still good looking-enough to match blazer for a business trip. Functional wise, I love this bag because its water repellent, it has the right amount of compartment, its equipped with storm flap to make sure my laptop doesn’t double splashed, and above all, it’s super durable. The bag has a lifetime warranty as part of Filson legacy.
Every 2 month or so I will review my bag and ask myself. Can I take frequent things out quickly? Is there any items that I’m not use more than 1 month? If the answer is no, then I would make necessary adjustment. As a result, time to time there would be few items of mine that being relegated.
Laptop charger gone now as I have two sets of charger at home and at the office. Multiple color ballpoint gone as I use size instead of color to highlight something. Powerbank gone. And with the consistent prune, now there are around 10 stuff around my bag that I think I need to keep. Gita still think that its unnecessarily heavy, but my shoulder can handle this babies fine.
- MacBook Pro Retina 13 Inch. This is my main and only computer. Bowser looks so calm and non threatening largely because this beast has a HDMI, SD Card, and USB port. Ha!
- Muji dotted notebook & Unibal Sigmo. Help me to connect two things together and looks busy in the meeting.
- AirPod. Buy this second hand at half the original price. Horrendous looks, fantastic to use. I use this for video conference, working, running (it surprisingly stick well) and listening podcast.
- iPhone XR. A gift from my mentor, Davo. Face ID is surprisingly quick, great low light camera, and 64GB. Coming from iPhone 6S, I can’t believe that I used to think 16GB is enough. Silly me.
- Kindle Paperwhite. To steal read whenever I can. Buy it second hand as well.
- Organizer. I have stationary organizer, card organizer, token organizer (yikes) and cable organizer.
- House Key. Put it into carabiner in my Filson bag.
- Tide to Go. The least used things in my bag. I only remember two occasion in the last two years where I need it. Decide to keep it as those two occasion is really life saver.
- Pocket knife. To open things or fix something on the go.
- A pack of Ricola Original Herb. My favourite candy.
How I organize it together?
Most importantly I organize my bag so that I can grab common things real quick. I almost never use the zipper and only close the bag using the storm flap that save a lot of time.