What’s In My Bag?

I’ve always really enjoyed looking at what others carry around with them day in and day out, and I’ve spent a lot of time trying different things and distilling what works best for me.  Hopefully this is helpful!

After picking up my camera, I switched my bag over to a Lowepro Fastpack 250, which is a great everyday bag because it will carry my camera gear plus my travel/tech gear. For a while now I’ve spent at least 150 days on the road every year, which means I really prize the ability to have everything that I need ready to go without having to think about it.

After struggling with solutions like Gridit for a while, I stumbled upon the Amazon Universal Travel Case, which is amazing. This box has everything I need to support my devices anywhere in the world.

Without any further ado, here’s what I carry around every day:


Items 1-14 all go in my Amazon case (#15), 16-18 go in my pockets, everything else goes straight in the bag.

  1. Mini DisplayPort => VGA Adapter
  2. Lightning => HDMI Adapter
  3. Mini DisplayPort => HDMI Adapter
  4. Native Union JUMP Cable with Micro USB Connector
  5. Travel surge protector
  6. Targus Presentation Remote
  7. Kikkerland UL03-A Universal Travel Adapter
  8. Spare Euro plug adapter
  9. Square Reader
  10. AA Batteries
  11. Mini USB Cable
  12. Micro USB Cables
  13. 45W Apple Power Adapter with PlugBug
  14. HDMI Cable
  15. Amazon Universal Travel Case
  16. Car key
  17. Kershaw Cryo
  18. “Dance Floor” micro flap wallet from OneStarLeatherGoods. It looks like he doesn’t make this model any more, but all of his stuff is quality.
  19. ExOfficio Boxers, because nobody has ever said “I’m so glad I don’t have a spare pair of underwear with me”
  20. AAA Batteries
  21. CR123A Batteries
  22. Some $5 bills. I try to keep 10 fivers in my pack all the time, because they’re always useful for tipping while traveling.
  23. Streamlight Tactical Flashlight – SO BRIGHT, although I’m thinking about switching to a flashlight with both red and white bulbs like this guy
  24. Maui Jim sunglasses
  25. Business cards from Moo
  26. Jetpack Battery Pack – This is the best battery pack I’ve ever used.
  27. Shout Wipes, because I like love to spill on myself
  28. Pens
  29. 11″ MacBook Air – So tiny and light, so powerful
  30. Bose QC20i Headphones – Good sound, great noise canceling, but my ears get sore after having these in for more than 3-4 hours at a time, so on longer trips I also carry
  31. Bose QC15 Headphones (now discontinued)
  32. 3.5mm Audio Cable – for tunes in rental cars
  33. Fujifilm X-T1 with 18-135mm Lens
  34. Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 Prime Lens
  35. Wide Angle and Macro lens adapter – Recommended to me by Jeff Golenski, it’s a fun and useful lens adapter for under $30
  36. Lens cloth
  37. Fuji Flash
  38. Focus Rapid Shoulder Sling
  39. Extra camera batteries
  40. Camera battery charger
  41. Camera Remote Control

Also, I forgot to take this out of its special pocket, but I also carry a pill box with Advil, Tylenol, Zantac, Immodium, and Pepto Bismol. Because sometimes life hurts. Also, whenever I travel, I also throw my Kindle Paperwhite in there, but it’s sitting on my nightstand right now.

Is there something I’m missing? A better version of something I’m carrying? Chime in!

About the author Sam Hotchkiss

Sam currently leads development on the widely used Jetpack plugin at Automattic, he's started and run multiple successful companies, and enjoys taking photos when he gets the chance. When they're not traveling, Sam and his wife, Becky, live in beautiful New Mexico, where he passes the time by talking about himself in third person.

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  1. Great kit! I have to do my own post like this soon.

    I also use the Kikkerland adapter, but I’ve been closely eyeing the CARD CA2 adapter. It’s not much bigger than the Kikkerland, but adds a replaceable fuse and a USB port. Unfortunately it’s a bit pricy, but otherwise looks awesome.

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    1. That is slick! I can’t figure out how to buy one, though…



  2. I think I want a new camera bag. I only have shoulder bags and with all of the traveling we’ve been doing, it’s definitely less convenient.

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