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11-10-2008, 08:59 AM
Empire Builder (black/black/cayenne with Absolute Shoulder Strap):

What's inside 'the cave':

Main Pocket:

MacBook Pro 17" (inside a Horizontal Brain Cell Size 2)
1 plastic divider
pocket folder holding work docs

Outside zippered pockets:

4GB Sony thumb drive (inside a Case Logic media case with clip)
iPhone USB cable (inside small clear pouch)
Duo Card adapter (inside small clear pouch)

In secondary compartment:

Sony PSP-3000 (inside Psyclone case with 2 UMD games)
Nintendo DS Lite (inside stock case with 3 games)
Large Moleskine sketchbook (or small Bungee Book)
Apple Power Brick (inside interior pocket)
Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse (inside interior pocket)
Pack of business cards (inside interior pocket))
Roadtools PodiumPad
Small Victorinox Cybertool (clipped to lanyard)
Small pocket LED flashlight (clipped to lanyard)
2 Pilot G2 Pro Pens (inside pen holder)
1 Pilot Mechanical Pencil (inside pen holder)
1 Faber Castell retractable Eraser (inserted in pocket with mouse)
2 small microfiber cleaning cloths (inside medium clear pouch)

Large zippered pocket:

My meds (inside Coach pill case)
Small Scope mouthwash
Traveler-sized Tylenol
Apple Wireless Keyboard (sometimes)
2 Pistachio Larabars (inside medium clear pouch)

Below is my Empire Builder, my other constant companion...

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01-24-2009, 08:32 AM
My Empire Builder
Accessory Bags/Cases: 1x Braincell, 2x Snake Charmers, 1x Awesome Padding Foam Cube from an Old, Leather Laptop Bag

MacBook Pro (Laptop 1)
Dell Inspiron (Laptop 2)
Additional, Extended-life battery for Dell
320GB External HD
Leatherman Surge (the big daddy leatherman)
Wiha Tech Driver Set
A/C Adapter for MacBook
A/C Adapter for Dell
Travel Power Strip
2x Ethernet Cables
4x Various USB Cables (1x A-B, 1x A-Mini, 1x Small A-Mini, Extension)
3x Various Firewire Cables (1x 400, 1x 800, 1x 400-800)
Memory Card Reader
AC-USB Charger
USB Cable for iPhone
USB-Serial Adapter
Programming Cable for Older URC Remotes
Headphones (Earbuds)
Wiebetech UltraDock v4
Wiebetech SATADock v4
A/C Adapter and Power Cable for Wiebetech docks
2.5" to 3.5" IDE HD Adapter
JetBeam LED Flashlight
DS Game Case w/ 2 Games
WiFi Finder
2x Sharpies (Standard & Professional)
1x Uniball Signo Pen
3x Mini Sharpie Highlighters
Microfiber Rag
Microfiber Chamois
Various Magazines
2x Corsair Survivor USB Drives

01-29-2009, 10:39 PM
It's scary what I load mine up with:

Flap pockets:

Flash drives
WiFi dongle
Mouse feet
Luggage tag
Hand sanitizer
Bluetooth dongle
ID badge

Organizer panel:

Flag wallet
Extra flags
Some pads of checks
Check book
Book Bungie (bookmark w elastic)
Misc pens & pencils
Stick eraser
Book of stamp

Organizer lower pocket:

Page Points/Book Darts
Spare ID lanyards & reels
Mouse adapter
Sheet slicer

Main bag:

Brain cell w laptop (Dell D640 or C840)
Emergency umbrella
Pouch with ink carts, erasers, pencil leads, etc.
Lab book
Leather folder for papers
Files on current projects
A couple tech books

Back pocket:

Today's paper

I used to have a Travelon that had 5 mesh pockets on the inside of the organizer flap that were great for all the misc odds and ends. Handle broke off after a couple years, and the replacement I received didn't have the pockets.

02-25-2009, 12:00 PM
In this thread, post a list or pictures of What You Carry in your Empire Builder (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/700/TB0730). We will add your packing list to the Empire Builder page to help give other people a better idea of what the bag can hold.

04-19-2010, 05:58 PM
I used my Empire Builder for a 4 day/3 night business trip last week. Dress was business casual. It worked out well, since my transportation was mostly all Air & Train (MARTA). Here's the list:

Main Pocket:
15" Eagle Creek Packit Folder containing:
-3 polo shirts
-1 pair of slacks wrapped around it (to minimize wrinkles)

Tom Bihn Aeronaut large packing cube containing:
-3 pair underwear
-3 pair socks
-1 pair shorts
-1 t-shirt
-1 pair flip-flops
-2 packs microwave popcorn :)

Eagle Creek pack-it half tube cube containing:
-spare eyeglasses in a case
-Macbook charger in a pocket
-iPhone charger
-short extension cord
-1 razor
-1 toothbrush
-1 comb

Outside Flap
Horizontal Pocket
3-1-1 Ziploc bag, containing:
-Dandruff shampoo
-Hand sanitizer (small tube)
-Shaving cream

Vertical Pocket
-First Aid kit

Under the Outside Flap
The Long Zippered Pocket contained various papers, and, the training manual I got at my destination.

The Large Pouch contained:
-Macbook Air in a padded case.
-Fiber One bars in a pocket
-my keychain on the key strap

The back "pocket" contained a day bag from a conference I went to years ago (it folds up small, is very light & thin).

All in all this worked out well, everything fit perfectly.