@cshore0: All my stuff goes in my nice black Saddleback messenger bag too. One of the nicest things I own. I guess I have you to blame for that!
I certainly don;t mind accepring responsibility for that. The only problem when you get it is that it looks so new. These things look better and better the older they get and the more the see the world. I've been carrying mine around constantly since I got it, and it's only now starting to show a little "character" based on the bumps and knocks it's received.
In fact, it was just a couple of days ago that I emptied it out, took all of the straps off, and sat out on our back porch rubbing "leather liniment" into it to keep the leather supple and conditioned -- it's amazing how fast that stuff soaks in (I use the "Chamberlain's Leather Milk" that they sell on the Saddleback Leather website -- I think it's created by the owner's browther-in-law or something -- I like the sense of homor, like the label on the back that says "Do not drink or throw thsi product into your eyes, nor toss from a moving vehicle." :-)
This bag really is something to be handed down from father to son (or best friend if my teenage son doesn't stop being so "bolshy" :-)
@cshore: I find travelling much easier now I have slimmed down what I take to the absolute bare minimum. And my back feels much better too!
I hear you!!! If I had a choice for what I travveled with, it would be my leather messenger bag with my iPad (& charger), headphones, and a paperback book. My problem is that I spend every day writing, editing, and posting articles -- along with creating graphics and processing images -- to do this I need a notepad PC, and having been caught short when I dropped my PC several years ago whilst on the road, I now carry two ... and so the story gos (and grows)
Like you, I used to travel with the most amazing pile of stuff. Then I saw the light! These days, I am fanatical about taking as little as possible. I have not checked a bag on a business trip in over 10 years. Most of my trips are long-haul intercontinental, lasting up to ten days so some discipline is required.
As far as computing and electronics goes, all I take is:
- an iPad
- video interface for iPad so I can deliver presentations with it
- a laptop (the smallest the company will buy for me). Sometimes I will leave the laptop at home and survive with the iPad. If all you need to do is give presentations, keep up with email and keep in touch with the office, who needs a laptop?
- a Kindle (I used to get through 4 or 5 books in a trip and books are heavy. Buying a Kindle was one of the best things I ever did)
- Power supply for laptop (complete with international adapter)
- iPhone, plus USB lead. I charge it via may laptop overnight so no need to take a separate charger)
- a Power Monkey for those awkwards moments when you get low on power in an airport or on a train or somewhere. This has saved my professional and personal life on occasion.
- The wireless interface for my hearing aids. Although I would not wish hearing loss on anyone, believe me whenI say that in-ear hearing aids with wireless audio streaming make the best noice-cancelling headphones every invented. Plug the magix wireless box into the aeroplane entertainment system (or into my phone if I want to listen to music), mute the microphones and there you go.
And, seriously, that's it. I find travelling much easier now I have slimmed down what I take to the absolute bare minimum. And my back feels much better too!