My daily needs is geared primarily towards my commute to work and the time I spend around the office. With most of my recent roles, it’s really rare that I’m at my desk. Also, the commute on the subway is the rare time of my day where I have to myself to read, write, code and sometimes just listen to music while I doze off. Since this is a daily commute version, I wanted to carry what would be the absolute essential and nothing more as weight becomes an issue very quickly as I’ll be lugging this in my bag daily
These are what is in my daily commuter bag:
- Solar powered battery charger
This little box holds 6000 mAH of power that allows me to charge my phone about 1.5 times over. The solar power cells allows for some recharging during the day but realistically speaking most of the charging from it comes from the outlet. Given I’m in the office most of the day, it’s pretty rare where I won’t have an opportunity to keep my various devices charge and this is to supplement any additional power needs during the commute home
- Wireless Headset
Over the years, I’ve started to really appreciate Monoprice headsets. They’re cost effective and does the job well. I like these headsets in particular because I like the sound, they last really long on a single charge and I can also use a standard 3.5 mm jack to plug directly into my various other devices to listen to devices if my batteries were low. While it has a microphone function, I really only use this as a headphones.
- Mobile Surge Protector
The 360 Electrical PowerCurve Mini is the ideal travel surge protector. It’s compact and allows me to charge multiple devices at the same time. It’s also built so that it is its own independent ledge so that charging a phone by an outlet isn’t so awkward. It comes with 2 regular power outlets that rotate as well as 2 1.2 A USB outlets. This allows me to charge up to 4 devices with just one socket
- Portable Mouse
I use the Logitech MX Anywhere that I absolutely love. Even though it’s small, it’s still extremely comfortable to use and the Darkfield technology works really well and allows me not to carry a mouse pad for it to work well. There’s a newer version called the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 that has all the benefits of this device minus the AA batteries and also uses Bluetooth as well as the Unifying receiver concept.
- Portable Hard Disk Drive
The hard drive isn’t meant to be a permanent supplement of random data. For the most part, most of my daily data is accessible on the web. However, I do use the drive to port larger temporary files as well as virtual machines. I opted not to purchase a specific portable hard drive like the WD Passport series. Instead, I have a USB 3.0 enclosure that supports a standard 2.5” form factor hard drive with an SSD installed in it
- Display adaptor
This is another awesome accessory for Monoprice. It allows me to connect to VGA, DVI and HDMI cables which covers the most widely used video adaptors out there.
- MacBook Air Charger
This allows me to charge my Macbook. Nothing fancy here.
- Screen Cleaner
Let’s face it – my screen does get grubby. After all, this is something I use daily and everywhere I go.
- USB charging cables
I typically carry 3 USB charging cables with me. 2 regular 1.5’ cables and 1 multi-adaptor. This Monoprice beauty combines USB with a lightning adaptor
Because we all have the right to be cool or in my case – TRY to be cool 🙂
- USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter
The Ethernet adapter is more for troubleshooting then for actual daily use. This is just one of those things that I carry as part of the nature of my job
What’s in YOUR bag?