Sunday, October 1, 2017

Work Everyday Carry

Here are the things I have along with me everyday. More specifically, these are the things I bring to work:
  • Universal 60W USB Type-C charger is mainly for charging the laptop but it can charge anything else using USB Type-C.
  • 1 Universal 15W USB Type-C charger is for my Pixel C. The specific one that I use doesn’t seem to be sold anymore but there is a 18W version with a detachable cable.
  • USB Type-C to HDMI adapter for giving a presentation and the TV screen only has HDMI input.
  • USB Type-C to DisplayPort adapter to connect to desktop monitors.
  • USB mouse with a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter - I have a generic Logitech USB mouse.
  • USB Type-C to Type-C cable for data transfers between devices.
  • USB Type-A to Type-C cable for charging and data transfers.
  • Earbuds are useful to listen while not bothering your co-workers.
  • USB Type-A ethernet adapter in case I’m somewhere that doesn’t have WIFI and only a physical network port.
  • 4-port USB hub is convenient to have and I like this one because each port can be turned on-or-off independently from the others.
  • USB Type-C to Type-A adapter - there are many brands around and given that the new Macbook Pro only have Type-C connections these are needed for basically… everything.
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Grid-It Cocoon organizer are great for organizing your stuff and not have them flying around in your backpack. It’s also easy to see everthing at a glance and not have to search each backpack pocket.
  • Business cards aren’t commonly used but occasionally people do ask me for it.
  • There are a lot of powerbanks available but I lean towards those by Anker. The USB-C ones are great because they get charged through it and also output through it so you get an extra charging port if you have Type-C devices. The larger capacity Type-C chargers such as the Powercore+ 20100 and Powercore 13000 can also be used to charge some laptops such as the Razer Steath Blade and Macbook Air.
  • It’s good to keep a spare pair of glasses just in case. I have computer glasses that I keep in my backpack and an older pair of regular glasses in the car.
  • Patriot Stellar C USB Flash drive comes with both Type-C and Type-A connectors.
  • Valet keyholder such as this one from Sensi are super convenient.
  • The minimalistic WrapWallet.
  • Cozoo Aluminum Powerstrip to not take up multiple outlets if others are also needing to charge or if the outlet is out-of-reach for devices. This is NOT a surge protector.
  • Moleskin notebook because sometimes paper-and-pencil just works better. I’ve been using Moleskin for a long time and they have many different sizes to chose from.
  • A microfiber cloth to clean the tablet and laptop screens.
  • I highly suggest getting a security key for your online safety.
I started to add a few emergency related items to my backpack just in case:
  • Flashlight
  • Leatherman multi-tool - I carry one that I got from work.
  • Medicine