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Mac Write

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 16, 2012
Vancouver British Columbia
Ever since I got my first ever laptop a Retina Macbook Pro 2.66Ghz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD (in early October)…I keep thinking about that "Dotto's Data Cafe" Episode where Steve shows off what you need for your laptop bag (still trying to find the episode in my archives).

In that episode there was allot he mentioned (and I can't remember any of it, been racking my brain since the beginning of October).

So what bag/s do you have for your Macbook and what else is in your bag?

Here is mine
  • Boaq Boa Flow XL
  • Retina Macbook Pro
  • iPad 3 64GB LTE
  • 10 watt iPad charger
  • iPad charing cable
  • Camera connection kit
  • Nikon D7000 with 18-70mm
  • Extra Nikon battery
  • Nikkor 50mm
  • 2 16oz Rubbermade water bottles
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • TaxiSavers
  • Bus tickets
  • USB SD Card reader
  • Shure 420 In ear monitors
  • 160GB USB2 HD (from my moms 2008 White Macbook)
  • 2 micro fiber cleaning cloths
  • hand towel (need to dry all that sweat)

Hoping to get a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter and charger for Christmas. I still feel my kits not complete (see my other thread).

Now what's in your bag. I also take that bag everywhere.


macrumors 68040
Aug 1, 2009
My Bag:OGIO Renegade RSS


- rMBP [ when travelling, not everyday ]
- iPad 3
- Chargers [ rMBP + iPad + iPhone + Sammy Note 2 + Nokia N95 ]
- Change of clothes [ yes, really! lol ]
- A few OTC meds [ Aleve ; Pepcid, sanitizing wipes etc ]
- Stationary [ Pens ; Pencils ; Eraser ; mini-Stapler etc ]
- WD My Passport 500GB - USB 3.0
- HDMI Cable
- Extra Car Key
- Mophie Juice + for iPhone
- Some emergency cash
- External USB Blu Ray Writer [ Samsung ]
- ~ 5 Blank DVD-Rs
- USB 3.0 32GB Flash Drive [ SanDisk ]
- A backup, and fully charged, unlocked GSM Phone [ Nokia N95-4 ] with an always active prepaid SIM

Probably missing some odds and ends... but that's most of it! :D


macrumors 6502
Feb 10, 2008
Timbuk2 Commute Messenger (custom)
  • 15" MBP retina
  • 85W Magsafe charger
  • 10W USB charger (iPad)
  • iPad
  • 500GB G-Drive slim (iTunes)
  • Logitech wireless number pad
  • Logitech VX nano
  • 6' HDMI cable
  • 15' Heavy Duty orange extension cord (for when power outlets are far away)
  • microUSB cable
  • 30-pin cable
  • Assorted pens, pencils, and a stapler
  • 10-20# of work related paper documents


macrumors member
Nov 23, 2012
13 inch macbook pro base model
Charger for cMbp
Ipod nano 3rd generation 8gb
ipod touch 4th gen 32gb
charger for ipods
Google nexus 7
Olympus sz-14 camera
charger for camera
acer aspire one with ubuntu
charger for acer aspire one with ubuntu
dvd case
usb mouse
batteries for all sorts of stuff.
Pretty big ass bag :D

Fireball Dragon

macrumors 6502a
Nov 26, 2012
Chigwell, England
I carry a Brenthaven shoulder bag.

Contents are (normally) as follows:

13" rMBP
iPad 3
Kindle PaperWhite
PS Vita
Moleskine Notebook
Stylus pen
Parker pen
Laser pointer
Screen cleaning cloth
Tissue pack
Hand sanitizing gel

PS- and iPhone 5 in my pocket!


macrumors 68040
Apr 25, 2012
Today I have the following in my Targus CityGear backpack (15" version)
  • 15" MBP (mid-2012)
  • 13" Early 2011 MBP (Work-issued)
  • Magsafe charger
  • Zaggbuds headphones
  • 2 LAN cables (JIC thing)
  • assorted flash drives
  • personal Acer Iconia A500
  • work-issued iPad 2 (16 GB WiFi)
  • 3 small screwdrivers
  • Micro-USB cable to charge my phone
  • microfiber lens cleaning cloth

Yeah, if someone were to attack me they'd get a nice haul.


macrumors 601
Jul 9, 2012
As photographers, the wife and I take the rMBPs out on a trip in photo bag, usually rolling ones (Lowepro proroller A200). We can move them to backpacks (Lowepro Vertex A200) if needed. The rMBPs are in Puma sleeves. Along with the rMBPs, we carry their power supplies, a Lexar dual slot USB 3 card reader, and a thunderbolt-etherenet adapter. The rest of the bag contents are camera bodies, lenses, flash....etc.

Once photos are edited back home, they are moved to external drives. So we do not carry external drives in the field. Finished photos we want to share with friends and family are exported as jpg files into albums on our iPads. We carry the iPads out of the house far more often than the rMBPs.


macrumors 65816
Mar 13, 2012
  • Oakley Kitchen Sink Backpack
  • rMBP 15"
  • 2 MagSafe 1 chargers
  • Lots of MagSafe 1 to 2 adapters
  • iPad Mini
  • 3 Lightning cables
  • Magic mouse
  • Ratcheting screwdriver
  • Screwdriver bit set
  • 3x 10' Ethernet cables
  • 3x Standard power cables
  • 3x Micro USB cables
  • 3x Firewire 800 cables
  • 3x 10w wall plug to USB adapters (iPad version)
  • 2x USB -> RS232 adapters
  • 2x Cisco console cables
  • Mini screwdriver set (for laptops)
  • Ethernet KVM switch
  • Black Box Ethernet Tap
  • 2 File folders
  • 1 notepad
  • 1 Drobo Mini with Drobo Mini case
  • 2x WD metal mac Passport drives
  • 20 pack of cage nuts/screws for racks
  • 40 pack of belkin velcro cable organizers
  • Passport
  • Spudger with metal hook on other end
  • 2x Thunderbolt -> Ethernet
  • 2x Thunderbolt -> Firewire 800
  • 2x Thunderbolt -> VGA

Few other items that I can't think of off the top of my head. Backpack weighs a freaking ton.

Barna Biro

macrumors 6502a
Sep 25, 2011
Zug, Switzerland
Since I use a 13" bag ( didn't want a big bulky one ), I only carry chargers around when I know that chances are high things won't last as much as they should during the day ( so extremely rarely ). In general, I have:

- 13" rMBP
- iPad 4 + stylus
- USB stick, USB cable ( for iPad / iPhone mainly ), HDMI cable
- other random papers and documents

I do carry these things around each working week day.

PS: iPhone and headset are always in a pocket ( not in the bag ).


macrumors 6502a
Dec 8, 2012
-15 inch retina macbook
- iphone 4s 64gb
- iphone usb cable
- charger
- 320 gb usb 3 external hd
- hdmi (for clamshell mode when at work)
- cleaning cloth


macrumors 601
Feb 9, 2011
Using an old Booq bag. I don't even recall which one it is. Nothing but the AC adapter in it.


macrumors regular
Jul 17, 2012
Cincinnati Oh
I Keep it pretty Simple:

Nexus 4 16Gb

CaseLogic slim 13" laptop bag

13" MacBook Pro Core i5, 500gb SSD, 16Gb ram

2x 16Gb Micro Center thumb drive
32Gb thumb drive
JLab J4 Earbuds w/ extra rubber tips
Micro USB cable (for Nexus 4)
1 Pack of 4 Double A batteries
Magic Mouse
Mouse Pad
Notebook (for work)
Various Pens and Pencils

Sometimes Carry
Apple iPad (3rd Gen) 32Gb Wifi Black
Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 3.0 Drive

Here is an old screenshot (things have been updated since this was taken)


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macrumors 6502a
Sep 17, 2007
I keep it simple:

I don't even carry a charger, unless I'm traveling, since I keep one at home and at work.


macrumors regular
Mar 23, 2011
inside my crumpler beer back

bag is too big and ugly, but very few choices if you have a 17" laptop


macrumors 6502
Sep 17, 2012
Man. Some of you really carry a lot of stuff. The people that carry all that stuff must not travel a lot. Or if they do, a car is involved. Here's what I carry:

- 13" Retina Mac (no charger, unless I'm going someplace other than home or the office)
- Nexus 7 (for when I feel like just reading or if the train is standing room only)
- Bose In Ear headphones
- MiFi / Train ticket (in holder)
- Couple of USB sticks
- TB to Ethernet
- Couple of pens
- Business cards
- Keys
- Coffee Mug
- Folded up paper towel for when I spill coffee (copier paper is not absorbant at all)
- Gum


macrumors 6502a
Feb 21, 2011
Laptop, iPad 3, chargers for laptop, iPad, iPhone & Razr, NewTrent battery pack, headphones, hand sanitizer, pens, microfiber cloth, USB thumb drive, hand wipes, water bottle, snacks.


macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
iPhone 5, credit card wallet, chapstick (well actually Burt's Bees), house keys, some cash.

Daily bag:
15" MacBook Pro & 85W Charger for Mac with extension cord
12W charger with microUSB cable & microUSB-to-Lighting adapter
Sunglasses, spare glasses & contacts
Pentel GraphGear 1000 pencil
Pentel Dr. Grip pen
3x5 blank index cards OR Post-It notes
Ultimate Ears IEMs & EarPod earphones
iPod touch (5th gen.)

When traveling:
[All the above plus]
Samsung ATIV 700T Windows 8 Pro tablet & charging cord OR iPad mini
Another 12W charger with lightning cable
Logitech Performance VX mouse
WD 1.5TB Passport drive with iTunes library
512GB (SSD) Thunderbolt drive for storing media
SGP battery pack
Travel iPhone 5 and Lumia 920 (backup)
Canon S100 camera
Passport with reward cards (*A, Hertz, etc.)


macrumors 65816
Sep 3, 2009
Macbook Pro
The thick long cord that I don't know what it's for, exactly. (Can someone answer that, is it for European traveling... like I was visiting somewhere over there?)
The black "envelope" that contains the owner's manual and the cloth to clean the screen.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 2, 2012
United States
  • MacBook Pro 15" (When I put it in the laptop backpack)
  • Magsafe Charger
  • Headphones
  • Pencils/pens/highlighters
  • USB Flashdrive
  • Sometimes a book or two depending on what I'm doing
  • Blank sheets of notebook paper
  • Gum


macrumors newbie
Feb 15, 2013
Sunny SoCal
I carry...

Canson Marker sketch pad 9x12"
pitt artist pens
box of Palomino Blackwing Pencils w/ extra erasers
iPad 3 w/ AT&T
Samsung Galaxy S3 (case has my DL, debit card, ins card)
Phone charger
Car keys
Lipstick or chapstick
couple dog treats

When I'm traveling somewhere other than work or the cafe, it also contains

Oil Paint color cards, in case we hit up an art store so I don't get repeats
cosmetic bag of Copics (about 60-70)
small knitting project such as socks
ziploc (w/ 2 ea of bonine, tums, advil, sleep aid, and a folded paper towel)
couple plastic bags for shopping
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