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Thread: Brain Bag

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Brain Bag:

    Brain Cell
    New 2008 MacBook Pro
    Wacom 6x11 Graphic Tablet and pen
    Freudian Slip
    Snake Charmer - Chargers, usb cables
    a 2GB USB Key
    Moleskine notebook
    pencil case with colored pencils and small ruler
    a web design book or 2 for reading/reference
    a web design magazine for reading
    a small flash light
    Oakley sunglasses hardcase
    2nd Gen 8GB iPod Nano
    Canon SD 800IS camera in case
    business cards in business card case
    WD 250GB passport external HD
    3M writable tabs for note marking
    Shure e3c earphones

    When I ride my bike to work, I stuff in:
    iPhone 3G
    Motorola W385 cell phone (work phone)
    Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset
    pair of khaki pants and dress shirt
    Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS unit with car window mount and car charger.
    small wallet
    U- bike lock

    will post pictures later.

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Outside of Philadelphia, PA
    Brain Bag (Work & School Configuration):

    - One IBM/Lenovo T60
    - One Freudian Slip (containing 2 spiral boudn notebooks, assorted folders)
    - One Snake Charmer (contains IBM power brick and assorted charging cable for other electronics)
    - 1 Small padded organizer pouch (payload varies)
    - 1-2 textbooks
    - 1 6 by 9 sketchbook
    - 1 Pair of sneakers
    - 1 Pair of Jeans
    - 1 t-shirt
    - 1 Heavy sweatshirt
    - iPhone
    - Assorted business/school accessories (business calculator, pens, pencils, sticky notes)
    - 2 Water bottles
    - Columbia lunch bag (contains 2 meals)
    - 1 knit cap
    - 1 pair gloves
    - The remains of my sanity
    Bob P.
    Magic Tiki Studios

    Empire Builder (black/steel), Brain Bag (steel), Small Padded Organizer Pouch, Clear Wallet, Soft Cell, Snake Charmer (cayenne) and assorted trimmings.

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    My Empire Builder (Black, Steel, Wasabi)
    or My Brain Bag (Soft Cell replaces REI sleeve)

    HP Pavilion dv8000 17" laptop inside REI sleeve
    Included file separator with Zip Sleeve for the Days relevant readings, etc
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Camera in smallish LowePro Camera Bag
    Tasco Waterproof Binoculars
    Edirol r-09 hr Digital Field audio recorder
    Jimi wallet with business cards
    Plastic pencil box with sketch pencils and pens
    Moleskine large reporter's notebook ~5x8
    Moleskine small grid reporter's notebook ~3.5x5.5
    Blackberry Curve
    Usually a few data cd's
    Two 4gb thumb drives
    Pentel Graphgear Pencils 0.5 and 0.3
    Mercur Eraser
    Ultra Compact Umbrella
    At-a-glance Academic Day Planner 08-09
    Maxtor 120gb external Drive
    Unknown mammal vertebra from Nootka Sound
    Edirol manual
    Eagle Creek cube for all cables (Sadly purchased before I discovered TB)

  4. #4
    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Darcy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    The far west

    Brain Bag

    In this thread, post a list or pictures of What You Carry in your Brain Bag. We will add your packing list to the Brain Bag page to help give other people a better idea of what the bag can hold.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine, Founder's Briefcase, Synapse 19 (day hikes), Guide's Pack (longer day hikes), Yeoman Duffel (winter/emergency stuff for the car), Aeronaut 30 (travel), Night Flight Travel Duffel (camera bag), Moveable Feast + Shop Bags (food)

  5. #5
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    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    I just got back from the ALA (American Library Association) convention in San Diego. We drove, so all I really had to do was lug the Brain Bag to the car and back but...

    I managed to put 14 trade paperbacks, 2 calendars, a Freudian slip, AND a large cafe bag with my usual junk (wallet, sunglasses, etc.). Oh, and I also had a half liter bottle of Arrowhead water in the front mesh.

    I never want to carry that much again -- but the Brain Bag held it all without a problem.

    Yes, I AM crazy. And I have a lot of reading ahead of me!

  6. #6
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    Feb 2006
    3 states ( 1 burning hot weather day and night, one warm during the day, chilly at night, one warm and sunny day, cold night)

    5 airports ( 2 flight were not direct) carry on only, second bag is Large Cafe Bag,

    One compartment, casual two piece in rolled plastic bag, 2 Packing Cube Shoulder Bag one on top of the other containing various small pieces of clothing.
    Other compartment, one Packing Cube Backpack (Aeronaut) holding 6 pairs of pants, 6 tees, one long sleeve shirt in the main pocket and accessories in the lower pocket.
    A Cache holding a Netbook.
    Small front pocket keeps small travel things, (each side pocket can hold a flat shoe up to size 8)

    Due to the fact that my clothes are women size and either cotton or microfiber, it makes for a 30 pound bag.

    However, the same number of khakis and long sleeve cotton shirts both medium size fit in one of the compartment without problem and weighs much less. Go figure!

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