Here’s what I take with me when I travel.Packing a travel bag for Google I/O is not dissimilar to going on vacation, at least not for someone who lives and breathe technology. There’s the laptop and the phone(s), the cables and chargers, the adapters and other accoutrements that make the experience a little more productive during work, and more enjoyable during downtime.
What’s interesting about this year is how much less stuff I am bringing; the older and more experienced I get at these shows, the fewer essentials I feel pressured to bring — to the delight of my beleaguered back.
Here’s what I’m bringing to Google I/O this year.
The bag – Tylt Energi Pro
I usually have pretty short honeymoon periods with backpacks, but I’ve found a long-term winner with the Tylt Energi Pro. It’s not the included 20,100mAh battery charger and cable routing, but the design and quality of the bag itself.
Excellent, weather-resistant materials mean that I don’t have to worry about my stuff getting drenched in a storm or dusty from porousness. Tight, well-constructed zippers ensure that they won’t break from applying too much force and, when closed, water won’t seep in.
I love the number of compartments, and the easy access to ones on the side when I’m in a rush. The main compartment opens vertically, and is designed for camera equipment and other larger pieces; I can easily fill it with cameras, lenses, cables and adapters and still have plenty of room left over.
The laptop compartment is nicely cushioned and features a number of smaller mesh areas for storing tablets, phones and other diminutive pieces of tech.
Finally, the straps are fully adjustable, and wonderfully cushioned for longer day trips that have me wearing the bag for long periods.
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The computer – 2015 MacBook Pro
An early 2015 MacBook Pro