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What’s In My Bag: 13 Business Tools I Can’t Live Without
Posted By TJ McCue On April 9, 2014 @ 1:00 pm In Product Lists | 11 Comments
Try this. Remove your laptop or tablet from whatever bag you carry it in and turn that bag upside down – then shake.
All sorts of things may fall out of your computer bag when you turn it upside down. I wanted to find out what items, gadgets, and junk were in my daily carry. A spring cleaning, if you will.
Now, as a tech reviewer, I’m routinely changing out the contents of my bag so perhaps it isn’t a fair test. Nonetheless, let’s take a look.
I’ll be brutally honest. I never leave home without these because I can work in a wide variety of noisy environments, but some voices or noises simply penetrate through my physical “ignore filter.”
I have written about a lot of different battery backups and out of all the ones that I’ve tested the Anker Astro Slim2  (4,500 mAh worth of juice it stores) is always in my bag. The other one that I keep topped up in the office is the Digital Treasures  flask style battery (13,000 mAh). I carry it when I need more juice for a tablet, iPad, or if I suspect a colleague might need it.
From Ting  (based on Sprint network) with a rubberized, Otter Box style case on it (my personal unit). If you want an a la carte cell phone plan, Ting is a serious contender for small business.
This is a total workhorse machine. (Remember, I said to remove your laptop before turning your bag upside down!)
This is a tablet and I also carry a wireless keyboard from Kensington  when I’m not carrying my laptop. I simply prop up the tablet and fire up this little keyboard.
Yes, I still carry a journal. I like to use a pen or pencil sometimes. But I will share that if I have an especially brilliant note, I take a photo of it with Evernote, which scans handwritten notes and makes them searchable. Bic pen. I gave up on fancy pens a long time ago.
For tablets and smartphones while driving. They are well known for having a wide variety of adapters.
For charging obviously.
Just in case.
With my name on it, from a dear Swiss friend. Because you just never know when you might need to rip into a new box while on your travels.
This is for cleaning screens on all devices. The company sent these to me around the holidays and they are eye-catching designs. I have a bunch of others from Walmart, too.
Mine is a rather elegant stand that holds my smartphone or tablet upright.
All of this is carried in my favorite LowePro bicycle messenger bag. They make great bags. I’m far from a minimalist, but I think my daily carry is pretty light. It does get a bit heavier when I have to travel by plane, but not much.
I mention specific brands in my posts to save you time searching and that have consistently worked for me and that I like. (If not noted as a media loan, it is something I have paid for.)
So what gadgets and gear do you absolutely have to have on you throughout the day?
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URLs in this post:
 Spark Earbuds: http://www.idamericany.com/spark.html
 Anker Astro Slim2: http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Slim-Portable-External-Motorola-USB-charged/dp/B00CTK762E
 Digital Treasures: http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Treasures-Portable-Charging-000mAh/dp/B00BBG0G3I
 Cricket Wireless: http://aiowireless.com/
 Evutec: http://www.evutec.com/
 Ting: https://ting.com/
 Kensington: http://www.kensington.com/kensington/us/us/p/1449/K39695US/keyfolio-executive%E2%84%A2-black.aspx#.Uz8E4vldUrU
 Bracketron: http://www.amazon.com/Bracketron-Universal-Dual-Adapter-UGC-298-BL/dp/B0056VNVV8
 Pocket Toddy: http://www.toddygear.com/category/Collection/PocketToddy