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    Empire Builder

    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...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2929152491/" title="Super Ego contents (aerial) by Luis Pangilinan, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3164/2929152491_9a24843759.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Super Ego contents (aerial)" /></a>
    Last edited by lpotr4; 11-10-2008, 08:14 AM.
    Luis P.
    If it doesn't fit in your Tom Bihn bag, leave it behind

    My Techie Bag

    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
    Last edited by Larry; 01-24-2009, 07:34 AM. Reason: More stuff!


      Empire Builder dump

      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
      • Clippies
      • Spare ID lanyards & reels
      • Mouse adapter
      • Sheet slicer

      Main bag:
      • Brain cell w laptop (Dell D640 or C840)
      • Emergency umbrella
      • Calculator
      • Mouse
      • 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
      • Magazines

      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.


        Empire Builder

        In this thread, post a list or pictures of What You Carry in your Empire Builder. 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.
        Have a question? @Darcy (to make sure I see it)

        Current carry: testing new potential materials in the form of Original Large Shop Bags.


          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.