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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!

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Susan Fourtané 6/26/2015 | 1:44:03 PM
My office-in-a-bag Super, Mitch!

I am always curious to see what others carry in their office-in-a-bag. I agree that carrying a monitor, etc, around is bit too extreme. Well, maybe it's how he feels comfortable with while working away from his office. 

I am trying to be more minimalist in carrying tech equipment around. Depending on where I go, and how long I will be there I carry the following: MacBook Pro (I leave it on a desk if I go to a conference, or trade show, and sometimes I don't take it with me at all since my experiment with my iPad last year), iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 Plus, two UK adaptors, one international multi-adaptor which was a lovely present from Nokia, a bag with cables, a Logitech ultrathin keyboard cover, a notepad, Post-Its, a pen. 

Thanks to the iPhone 6 Plus, I don't need anymore a camera, or recorder. I take all the photos, record interviews and stuff, and shoot video with my iPhone. I find working with the iPad Air 2 and the iPhone 6 Plus is great. The multitasking features Apple is adding to the iPad Air 3 will make working with it even better.

Next, I plan to get a New MacBook to add to my bag, and to reduce weight as well. I am finding my Mac a bit too heavy now.

Oh, a pic. I will take one later, and post it here. I am using the stuff now. :D

-Susan  
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