What's in your laptop bag?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mac Write, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Mac Write macrumors member

    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.
  2. defektion macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2010
  3. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    My Bag:OGIO Renegade RSS http://www.microsoftstore.com/store...goryID.57614000/categoryID.57614900/list.true


    - 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
  4. RexTraverse 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
  5. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2012
    magsafe charger
    magic mouse
    iphone cable
  6. De5 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
  7. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Fireball Dragon

    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!
  8. hallux macrumors 68030


    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.
  9. MCAsan 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.
  10. bogatyr 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.
  11. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    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 ).
  12. Valkyre macrumors 6502

    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
  13. takeshi74 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.
  14. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
  15. Justinhub2003 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)

    Attached Files:

  16. mslide 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.
  17. mbp17xxx 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
  18. chrise2 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
  19. chilady1 macrumors member


    Dec 29, 2011
  20. TG1 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.
  21. alphaod 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.)
  22. a-m-k macrumors 6502a


    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.
  23. xShane 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
  24. Nararabbit 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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