I carry around everything I think I might ever need to use on a daily basis in my bag. I keep it in my bag at all times whether I’m traveling or not, I have my bag with me everyday on my bike commute into the office. For everyday use it may seem a bid overboard especially since I only work a mile or so from my house. I prefer to have everything I “might” ever need with me just in case I want it and that’s the same for when I’m traveling. I’ve been traveling a good deal lately so luckily my bag is pretty much already packed and ready to go at any given time. The common theme with all the gadgets in my bag is to always be prepared.
I tried using a smaller Macbook Air for awhile when I traveled but it never really worked out. Although the form factor was great, many times something would come up and I’d end up wishing I had the larger screen or computing power to handle it. This 15’ MacBook is also the same computer I work on when I’m at home or off working at a coffee shop. For the most part, the machine is lightweight and has everything I might ever need installed on it. Depending on where I’m working or if I’m traveling for work, I also may have my Wacom Intuos 3 with me but when you’re on and off planes, it’s a bit much.
I recently picked up an iPad Mini for a few reasons. One was for Hearthstone and also because there is a good chance my phone will die and I’ll switch over to the iPad to keep up on email and manage my social media accounts. Having LTE on this device has really saved me a couple times. I’ll also pull it out for notes or shot lists if we’re on a shoot.
Even with the iPad Mini I’m still a huge fan of my Nexus 7. I typically use this for reading the news and blog sites when I can find some wifi. Holding it for reading is much more comfortable than the iPad Mini. On the plane I’ll pull out the Nexus 7 to read comic books. I’ve been picking up a bunch of different comics and graphic novels on Comixology and I make sure this device stays synced with that.
Typically this device is in my pocket and is my go-to for everything. Of course when I’m traveling, I make sure I also have a battery backup for the phone handy but I don’t need that day to day.
The 3DS has been my go-to for mobile entertainment lately. It helps that Chas Fries and I started a podcast about mobile games so there is always something I’m playing as “homework” for the show. I also love to keep this in my bag for the random street pass features I might stumble on. I try to carry a couple extra games with me but I mainly stick to one like Pokemon. And then there’s the few games I’ve downloaded from the eStore like Shovel Knight and Azure Striker Gunvolt.
Sadly this doesn’t get used that often but when I do remember to pull it out either to listen to music in the hotel room or for a conference call a few of us might be on, it’s a handy device to have around.
Done with the internet for the day or if I’ve really been pulled into a new book, I have the kindle with me. Depending on the length of a flight and if I don’t just want to sleep, I’ll pull the kindle out for a good portion of the flight.
There are also some notebooks for doodles and notes, random cables, business cards and LooseKeys stickers. Yes, it’s a bit much to have with me everyday and some of these devices could me combined or replaced by the other but for me at this moment this is working and it’s not too crazy, heavy to lug around.