Remote Work Bag, Nov/Dec 2019

Yes, everything has gone horribly wrong in my life, and for the first time in thirty years I have a day job. Two days a week as a consultant on a thing that has a hefty NDA.

It’s a gear post. And a work in progress.

My newish X1 Carbon Thinkpad doesn’t fit in my usual go-bag, the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack. I am very annoyed about this. (The X1 Carbon is replacing a Dell XPS 13 that was wonderfully small and slim and fit in the back sleeve of the Versipack perfectly but had an average keyboard and lousy wifi.)

SO I’m having to bust out the most ludricrously named piece of luggage I own. The Maxpedition Aggressor Attache.

I swear to god I used to have a laptop bag. Maybe my kid filched it like she filched my FREAKANGELS-branded canvas field bags.

Anyway, the bag is, as you can see, a little more beastly than is really required. But I’ve had it for seven and a half years and it’s still as good as new. It just has an insane name.

Three of the most recent Field Notes subscription editions. SanDisk Extreme CZ80 64GB flash drive. Victorinox Forester knife in black. Pilot Frixion pen, Sharpie marker, Pigma Micron Pen 03 in 0.35mm. And an EE wifi hotspot device. Just in case.

Beard oil from Salix Moon. Unpictured, a Tom Ford deodorant stick because I think I left it in the other bag. I don’t want to stink evertyone else out of the room, after all. A Maxpedition small wallet, a small Anker battery, a Kindle Paperwhite, a large Anker battery, and a protein shaker. I use Vivo powders, which is only available in the UK. If you too are in the UK, I recommend the raw cacao protein and BCAA powder, and the blueberry & lucuma multinutrient superfood powder. Also unpictured, a water bottle, because I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the backs of cars.

I have The Fear — of early-for-me mornings and of missing the one tool I need that will be more than two hours’ drive away.

All set. I think. I hope.