What’s In My Backpack

Actual contents of my backpack. Is this too voyeuristic?

I once wrote a blog about the thinking that goes into the design of our ThinkPad branded carrying cases. I hope you enjoyed the read. I stated that my favorite case, and the one I use daily, is the ThinkPad backpack. I like it because it neatly holds the things I carry and it frees up my hands when I’m using it. I also wrote about how important this is to me on those days I ride my motorcycle to work. I wish there were more days where this was possible. Recently, I read a related and interesting article on the 11 essential things to carry in your briefcase. Lots of good ideas, that maybe everyone has not thought of. Medical kit, ear plugs, cell phone charger, and a spare pair of underwear all made the list. Honestly, I can't see myself  packing spare clothing in my backpack, no matter how essential they may be. Here is the list from the article:

  • Emergency medical kit
  • Disposable ear plugs
  • Emergency cell phone charger
  • Critical data
  • Reading glasses
  • Sun glasses
  • Disposable digital camera
  • Underwear & socks
  • Energy bars
  • Magnifier
  • 20$ bills

I thought it would be of interest to share what I carry in my backpack. There are some similarities. Most of the items are aimed at either being able to design something on the go, or basic survival. Having something to read on an airplane, other than the latest Skymall catalog, falls into the survival category. 

  • Shorty mechanical pencil
  • Lamy Safari pen
  • Miniature aluminum architects scale
  • Vintage metric tape measure
  • Moleskine journal, plain paper of course
  • Cell phone car adapter
  • ThinkPad AC adapter, the smallest one we make
  • Business cards in aluminum case
  • Passport, stamped and ready for action
  • Paper calendar
  • Various reading materials; motorcycles, gardening, etc.
  • Clip on sunglasses for my Silhouettes
  • Emergency travel medications in two 35mm film canisters taped together
  • Cheese & peanut butter crackers for instant energy

Okay, it may not be as interesting as what's inside Lisa Rinna's Leopard skin bag , but it will have to do for now. I don't think InStyle Magazine is hunting me down. What do you have in your bag? David Hill