Owners of 12" MacBook who travel often, how do you organize your gear?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kylera, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Do you have a specific bag or pouch, do you use specific hubs or devices, etc.
  2. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
  3. caelius macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2015
    Innsbruck, Austria
  4. widescreenparis macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2015
    I'm using a cheap slim felt sleeve. 12 inch perfect size, supplied with a little pouch where I usually keep a few dongles I might need : HDMI, VGA, USB A. I usually don't take the power supply with me except for long trips.
    The rest of the time the Mac is on the desk hooked to a 25 inch QHD screen and a USB/ethernet hub via the Apple multiport.
  5. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
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    Sleeve with a screen cleaner, very thin, to put between keyboard and screen when closed and in sleeve. Then thrown in a backpack.

  6. Clix Pix, Jan 2, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017

    Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    When traveling, I have the 12" InCase neoprene sleeve for my rMB, and I use a RadTech ScreenSavrz to protect the screen from the keyboard. (I also use the ScreenSavrz at home, every time the machine is closed.) I take along a tiny little Nonda adapter plus an equally tiny little Sandisk 64 GB Dual Drive USB-C/USB 3.0 Flash Drive (available at the Apple store), as well as a Satechi adapter which has two USB-3.0 ports plus charging passthrough. Oh, and also a very small Satechi dual USB-C/USB 3.0 SD/mini SD card reader. That, plus of course the Apple charger and charging cable pretty much takes care of anything I might want to do on the road. I also take along the very small Samsung T3 SSD external drive which has supplementary files and folders on it in case I need to retrieve one of them, plus space for including new material if I might be adding it while on the trip.

    The tiny little Nonda and the Sandisk Dual Drive Flash Drive fit very nicely into a small plastic box which once held a lens filter. That way I don't lose either of them and they're easy to find in the bag if I am in a hurry. The other two devices fit into a fairly small pouch.

    Depending upon the travel situation and the length of the trip, I will either stash my electronic gear into an Osprey Pixelport backpack (usually I take along my iPad, too, but not always) or I will pack the rMB and its accessories into my rollaround carryon bag if it is just a short weekend trip and I don't have a lot of other stuff and clothes to pack, too.

    If just going out-and-about around town, it again depends on the situation. If I'm going to a friend's house and taking my rMB I usually will also take along the small adapter and flash drive just in case we want to share image or other files, as so far I'm the only one of my friends who has an rMB or any device with USB-C. Since I still have devices with USB 3.0 here at home, I also use the dual drive or the Nonda with those, too, as needed. I also have a cable with a Micro-B plug on one end and the USB-C on the other end so that I can plug in my external drives which have Micro-B connections and that way can use them with my rMB as well as my other devices without needing the adapter. Just swap the cable to suit the computer I'm backing up or transferring files into or out of and I'm done.
  7. rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    Good thread. Anyone know a compact nice looking briefcase that can JUST hold the macbook and a 9.7" ipad pro?
  8. Admiral, Jan 3, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017

    Admiral macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2015
    I have bought a US$49 NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter to replace the Apple 28W Power Adapter. It's roughly the same volume, but also includes a USB-A charger port to charge my mobile phone. One less thing to carry around, and economizes on use of scarce (and inconveniently-located) hotel room power outlets. I have also switched out the Apple figure-8 power lead for a three-meter power lead. That extra 1.2 meters comes in quite handy when travelling.
  9. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I have this VERY inexpensive sleeve, it holds my MacBook and my iPad Air, and has a pouch that holds the charger & a couple cables (USB-C for the MacBook and USB-C to Lightning for the iPad Air): http://a.co/03uCdTQ

    I would love to find a charger with two USB-C outputs. The NuPower is nice but I use the iPad as an external display via Duet, so I carry a USB-C cable for that, don't want to also carry a USB-A cable just for charging.
  10. Picapau21 macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2015
    I travel everyday with the MacBook and have a Thule backpack which has enough pockets for all my kit:

    Thule gauntlet sleeve containing MB
    USB-A --> USB-C cable
    USB-A --> USB-C Adapter
    USB-A --> lightning cable
    Apple multi HDMI adapter
    HDMI --> VGA adapter
    Apple lighting to 3.5mm audio adapter
    Apple AirPods
    B&O H8 on ear earphones and hard case
    Apple 5W charger
    2 x encrypted Kingston USB Keys
    USB-A --> micro USB cable
    USB-A --> mini USB cables
    Huawei combo battery pack/mifi router - can charge iPhone and trickle charge MB

    Welcome to my dongle hell!!!!
  11. danpass, Jan 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017

    danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
  12. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Hm......this gives me an idea! I've got a Tumi cross-body bag that I use when traveling -- it's a few years old and I forget the model name now but it has a compartment that I've used quite happily for my iPad. Hadn't thought to see if my rMB will fit in there. Now THAT would be just dandy!!!!!
  13. Picapau21 macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2015
    Nice bag. Might consider it when I change my current rusk sack.

    I'm use a thule cross over back pack. Incredible number of pockets and because rMB is so small it fits in the iPad section. Worth considering as well if one prefers a back pack.

  14. timize macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    I purchased this Fossil Defender Messenger Bag. It has a sleeve for my MacBook and plenty of room to spare. It can also fit my 12.9" iPad Pro with smart keyboard just fine (although it's a bit of a tight fit with the keyboard attached). It has plenty of room to store my Beats Solo 3 and two large front pockets where I store an Apple Watch charger and my MacBook charger.

    It's definitely more of a stylish option than others, but I love leather and the quality from Fossil is typically great.
  15. Mw0103 macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2014
    MacBook goes in a wool sleeve from etsy, and the cables, etc. live in this:

  16. MainStream macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2010
    Check out This Is Ground
  17. DaMax85 macrumors member

    May 19, 2011
    When I first bought my rMB, I was constantly admiring its beautiful design and couldn't fathom hiding it in a bulky case thus defeating the very idea of the laptop's svelte 12" design. But as someone who travels with it in my backpack every day, and carries it around at work, I realized it was only a matter of time before I dinged a corner or scratched the top or bottom.

    After reviewing cases online, I decided to buy a black hardshell case made by Incase from the Apple Store. The hardshell is very thin, has some flex to it and I love the matte texture that seems pretty scratch resistant. Once I put it on, I noticed some additional weight added to the macbook (maybe 2/3's of a pound), but the rMB still holds its sleek look (and still lighter than an Air or the new MBP's.) The 12" rMBP as is feels a bit delicate to me -- so having it in a case makes the laptop feel more substantial and I am no longer paranoid about scratching it. I like how the black case looks with the space grey, but it does almost completely hide the apple logo (the case is slightly translucent.) They also offer the case in several colors (dark blue looks nice) as well as clear, if you want to enjoy your rMB's color. I also hear great things about the Moshi iGlaze. Reviewers say you almost forget it's in a case because it's so thin.

    It seems like sleeves are the preferred method of transport for most people these days, though -- especially with the macbook's gorgeous build quality. But I like having it in a hardshell since I keep it on so many different surfaces and I can just toss it into the padded slot of my backpack. I keep a USB-C to USB-A dongle, the iPhone 7 headphone jack dongle, a pair of headphones, and a portable hard drive in a separate compartment. This method works well for me!
  18. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    I put a dbrand skin on the bottom (only) lol to protect against scratches while still being able to admire that space grey. :D

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