Daily Bag of a Neurotic

Below are the contents of the bag (SwissGear SA1923 ScanSmart Backpack) I lug around everyday. The rolled change of socks, t-shirt, and underwear and the rolled hoodie help stabilize the bag while leaving the main compartment 3/4 to 4/5 empty for bag lunches/other. Back pocket is left empty for laptop when I telework.

I'm ready for an overnight stay at anytime, and I have some ridiculous stuff I probably wouldn't even use in an emergency (mostly in right pocket). Packing for most trips is mainly an issue of putting more changes of clothes in the bag and leaving. For traveling by air, all I have to do is empty the right pocket and remove the Swiss Army knife from the front pocket to be ready for security.

The abundance of pens (two imported from Japan) is because I am insane.

Main Compartment

  1. Rolled zippered hoodie from Target

  2. Rolled socks, t-shirt and ExOfficio Men's Give-N-Go Boxer Brief

  3. EpiPen (which I hope I never need)

 Main Compartment: Interior Pocket

  1. Short iStubz Cable for when I bring my iPad

  2. Short male-male USB cable for item 6

  3. Micro USB cable for my Moto X

  4. ibattz Mojo Treble keychain (compact and unfolds to a USB adapter, Micro USB and iPhone 4 charger adapters, microSD card slot so it can be used as a flash drive)

  5. Amazon 5W USB Power Adapter

  6. 3 In 1 Hub Mem SDHC TF Card Reader Adapter (plugs into Moto X to allow for computer and wifi-free file transfer, can be recognized as an SD slot as well)

  7. USB car charger

  8. elago Mobile Nano II USB 2.0 microSDHC Card Reader with 32 GB microSD

  9. SanDisk 16GB Flash Drive

  10. LaCie 16 GB Flash Drive loaded with work files, portable apps, troubleshooting programs

  11. Tiny plastic phone stand

Left Pocket

  1. Mint tin filled with various pills (for headache, colds, etc.)

  2. Travel deodorant

  3. Comb

  4. Screen wipe (normally I have several moist towelettes)

  5. Toothpaste

  6. Travel toothbrush

  7. Tissue

  8. Tide Pen

  9. Ear plugs

  10. Bumble and Bumble Sumotech (hair wax)

  11. Floss

  12. Eye drops

  13. Chapstick

Top Front Pocket

  1. LG Tone Bluetooth Headphones

  2. Panasonic In-Ear Headphone (for when the Tone isn't charged)

Bottom Front Pocket

  1. LePen Dark Grey

  2. Bobino Slim Pen

  3. Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen - 0.3 mm - Red Orange

  4. Pilot Juice Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Coffee Brown

  5. Fisher Space Trekker Space Pen with red ink (sold separately)

  6. Hardwood Swiss Army Knife

  7. Car keys (with church key)

  8. Large black garbage bag (to waterproof bag and/or electronics, if necessary)

  9. Tiny moleskine notebooks

  10. Teaberry gum

  11. Microfiber cloth

  12. Business cards

Right Pocket

  1. Real Carabiner

  2. Inova X5MT-WT X5 Lithium Powered 5-LED Flashlight, Titanium (as seen in the movie The Island)

  3. Snow Peak Titanium Spork

  4. Leatherman 830037 Wave Multitool with Combination Leather and Nylon Sheath

  5. Matches

  6. Spyderco Native Lockback Knife

  7. Swedish FireSteel

  8. Can Opener


  1. Totes Golf-Size Compact Umbrella