Most mornings, I leave for work. (Some days, I stay home.) I carry with me a few things:

  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Travel mug (contents: coffee, essential)
  • Lunch bag (contents: lunch)
  • Bifocals (for indoor / outdoor use)
  • Reading glasses (for computer use)
  • Fitbit One (for step counting)

That’s not so much, as gear lists go. I’ve heard of people who can’t face the world with less equipment than Lewis & Clark took up the Missouri, but I’m not one of them. Just the essentials, please.

I’ve tried over years a number of bags, backpacks, satchels, etc., etc., to carry all my stuff. A number of rejects – experiments that failed – are cluttering up the bedroom closet:

  • An old canvas briefcase. I’ve had it so long that I don’t remember any more where it came from. (The archives record that it came from Land’s End.)
  • A Timbuk2 messenger bag. (Most of the time, their prices are way over my budget; but once in 2012 their inventory-clearance prices dipped low enough that I could afford one.)
  • A backpack, picked up from Target way back in 2008.
  • Not one but two Wolfram Research tech-conference-swag “laptop bags”. (They’re identical. I’ve no idea how I ended up with two of them.)

I’ve settled for now on the lunch bag: it holds my lunch, with enough pockets left over for everything else. It’s not perfect, but it works.

That might change, if I were to acquire a sufficiently portable work computer. The one I have now – a fine example of the Soviet Architecture school of design – is far too heavy to lug around. It stays at work, and pretty much never leaves my desk.

Something smaller and (much) lighter, in a messenger bag large enough to accommodate lunch & travel mug – that would be nice. I have the notion to sit at the library, sipping a latte while vpn’d in to work, checking on builds.