I’m on my way out the door for a ten day work trip involving seven flight segments taking me from DC to Minneapolis to Madrid (by way of DC) and back to DC. I’ll be at two conferences for work – Netroots Nation and the UNI Communicators Forum – and sadly I’ll have a fair amount of work to do while on the road outside of convention hours.
I’d recently ordered a Tom Bihn Tri-Star bag, but sadly it is on back order and hasn’t arrived in time for the trip. Instead I’ll be using my GoLite Jam backpack. It’s a 50L frameless pack which I’ve never used for work travel before. The good thing is the top is a roll-down enclosure, so I can dramatically reduce the size of the pack to the space that I’m actually filling with my stuff. I would say that I’m actually only using about 30L of the pack.
Here’s my packing list:
- 3 button-down shirts
- 3 quick drying t-shirts (1 extra for lots of gym use)
- 1 pair lightweight black pants
- 1 pair Patagonia Trail Maker Shorts (for gym and walking around)
- 2 pairs lightweight socks
- 2 pairs SeV Travel Boxers
- 1 pair running shoes
- 15″ MacBook Pro
- Kindle (easier on my bad eyes than the iPhone)
- Toiletries (including laundry detergent) in a Tom Bihn 3D Clear Organizing Cube
- Clothes line
- Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack (Stuffs down tiny, but can hold my MBP & then some)
- Power cords & European plug converter in a Tom Bihn Snake Charmer
- Passport & travel documents
- In the picture there’s a pair of camouflage cargo shorts. At the last minute I decided to leave them behind & use the Trail Makers more
The tshirts, socks, Trail Maker and underwear are packed in a small Tom Bihn packing cube, which is also the center of a bundle for the pants and button down shirts. I’ll be wearing a Patagonia Houdini jacket, another t-shirt, underwear, socks and jeans. I’ll also have a pair of black Keen Denver slip on shoes, which are great for walking around and look quite professional, and I’ll wear a belt with plastic buckle so I don’t have to remove it at airport security. The other things on my person:
- Ear buds
I’m really bummed out about having to take my MacBook Pro. I’m waiting for the new MacBook Air to come out before getting a light-weight computer, so I’m stuck until then. I’d hoped to just work off of my iPad, but the reality is that I have too much going on for me to function on an iPad and iPhone for 10 days. The result, unfortunately, is about an extra five pounds plus when you add in the power source. I hate carrying my MBP when I travel, but I’ll just have to be even more judicious with my packing choices to compensate for some of the added weight. What’s particularly frustrating about the MBP for me is that were I doing the trip with an iPad instead, this would likely be my longest, lightest work trip yet. Oh well. Hopefully Apple releases the upgrade MBAir some time soon, so problems like this will be greatly mitigated in the future.
Still, this whole pack weighs in at just over 15 pounds, so not too bad given I have a 15″ MacBook Pro. The top of the backpack is rolled down as far as it can go – reaching the top of padding. If I need anything else, I can buy it and have plenty of room to bring it back with me.