I mentioned on a previous trip that I’ve entered the world of single-bag packing and thought I’d share it with you. I’ll also list what’s in my bag.
Here’s the almost-finished pack, only missing my laptop charger and toiletries:
This is pretty much everything I need for a four-day trip. My bag is a GoRuck GR1 26L. Inside the bag, from left:
- OneTigris Tacti-Tech Electronics Organizer (more on this one in a bit). It’s secured to the webbing using these 6″ MOLLE straps with snaps from Condor.
- Sennheiser Momentum 2 wireless headphones (my Automattic seventh anniversary gift).
- Destiny Hardcover Blank Journal
- an eBags Large Packing Cube
- Gonex MOLLE water bottle pouch, in which goes a 16oz S’well stainless travel bottle. I’m debating switching to a Zojirushi SM-SA60-BA 20oz bottle.
- (in the bottom zipper pouch) Nidra Deep Rest eye mask
- Some assorted patches from various support teams at Automattic, and some die-cut stickers from StickerMule with my stream logo.
- (in the top zipper pouch) A pair of Etymotic Research MC5 in-ear headphones for quick use. The current equivalent models are the MK5, which seem to be out of stock everywhere right now.
- A fidget spinner and jar of Carmex.
- On the back of the pack, I attach an Orca Tactical Horizontal Admin Pouch to hold odds and ends like cough drops, ibuprofen, pens, and a USB wall-wart.
Now, inside the Tacti-Tech organizer:
I just picked up this pouch recently, and so far, other than the fact that it doesn’t include its own MOLLE straps, I love it. In here:
- An Analogue Super NT.
- An OEM Super Nintendo controller, because I don’t have an 8bitdo SN30 yet, which I’d use for most casual play.
- An AverMedia LiveGamer Portable 2. It’s getting a shakedown this weekend; haven’t used it yet. Won it in the staff raffle at last year’s Combo Breaker.
- Various cables: one Apple Watch charger, one Lightning-to-USB cable, one Lightning-to-USB-C cable, a mini-USB charge cable, a USB 3DS charging cable, two USB-C to USB converter dongles, a 64GB SD card for the Super NT, and a USB key attached to this Tuxedo Mask lanyard. (I always bring my own lanyards to tech conferences, tournaments, and meetups because I like adding a personal touch.)
All told, the pack is moderately heavy, but it’s workable. I put my Kindle Paperwhite in the slash pocket on the front:
It doesn’t feel over-stuffed and I can just carry it with me during travel and not have to worry about anything. The only other thing I’m bringing is a light jacket, and that’s easily worn everywhere or waist-tied to keep it on my person. (That jacket is my original N7 hoodie from the Bioware Store, which is still the most comfortable light jacket I have ever worn.)