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What's in Your Office-in-a-Bag?

In a few years, knowledge workers will be able to do everything they need with just their phones.

That day is not today.

When I work remotely, I carry an awful lot of gear around with me. This week I shared a photo and description of my office-in-a-bag. (See Staying Productive With My Office-in-a-Bag.)

At around the same time, a friend and fellow tech journalist, InformationWeek's Curt Franklin, shared a photo of his.

"You guys sure pack a lot of stuff in your go bags," said another friend in the industry, 451 Research analyst Christian Renaud, sharing this excellent photo of his own travel kit:

Go Bag
451 Research analyst Christian Renaud shares what's in his office-in-a-bag.
451 Research analyst Christian Renaud shares what's in his office-in-a-bag.

And here's the photo that got me started thinking about offices-in-bags, from Mike Masnick, editor of TechDirt:

Mike carries a notebook computer and Wyse portable display with him, along with an ergonomic keyboard. That's extreme.

This industry requires a lot of travel for a lot of us. We trot around the world to professional conferences, vendor visits, customer premises and to work at our far-flung central offices and data centers.


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For business travelers like us, packing is an art form. You want to have everything you need, and avoid taking too much stuff you don't need.

How do you do it? What's in your office-in-a-bag? Let us know. Share your photos and describe what gear you find essential when you leave the office. Post the photos to Twitter, Google+, Tumblr or Instagram using the hashtag #LROfficeInABag. Alternately, post an image in the comments below, or email us at [email protected]

We'll post the best photos on Light Reading.

Thanks, and travel light, Light Readers!

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to [email protected]

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Mitch Wagner 7/31/2015 | 10:08:24 AM
Re: life saver Eight? I can think of micro-USB, mini-USB, standard USB, Lightning, and 30-pin Apple. I can't think of three others. 

I've got my eye on this micro-USB cable with an adapter to convert it to a Lightning cable. 
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