Astrology Gear-Head Go Bag
Spurred by a forwarded missive, about a minimalist Go Bag, this last year has brought my shoulder bag, now more than a dozen years old, back out. Plus, later, its snazzy sidekick, with which, I can frequently solo.
However, for heavy lifting duties, see astrofish.net/travel for listings, I need a laptop, and other sundry supplies.
Snacks, like a granola bar, some nuts, mostly almonds, pens, pencils, reading glasses, a travel wallet with various documents, and gear bags. The little gear bags are hugely successful for keeping wires, adapters, plugs and flash drives together. As of right now, the only loose item is the long power cord that plugs into an Apple charger, usually the laptop.
Recently, I trimmed this bag’s contents because I was trekking to Austin almost once a week. There are two pieces of equipment not visible, but part of the daily grind gear, an iPad and an iPhone. I’m heading in a direction where the iPad can replace the laptop, but I’m not there yet. So the closest bag I have for a daily carry, astrology reading Go Bag is an older Timbuk2 canvas bag, a large, custom-built laptop/messenger bag.
Gone from that stash of wires and pens, pencils and so forth? Gone is an inner bag that had more crap, and a copy of either Marcus Aurelius “Meditations,” “101 Zen Stories,” or the “Tao Te-Ching.” Moods and book bags vary, but the cool part of the iPad, I carry those texts as part of the iBook library now.
Inside the “Airplane Ticket Travel Wallet,” the big bag’s version is held together with spare hair ties, I’ve got sundry documentation, which includes, a copy of my Texas Sales Tax form. While the number on that form is out of date, the account is paid up and current.
Because I had an iPad 3, great screen, bad battery life, relatively looking at it, each computer bag has two Apple Lightening wires. Actually, three with a cool, portable one, and each bag has at least one ten-watt charger.
I had a small, supplemental phone battery, but when I needed it, it didn’t seem to work. Not part of the gear, now.
The biggest problem, when I emptied out this shoulder bag, I noticed a small, frayed spot on one corner. More than a dozen years old, many years of working travel, and finally, a single fray. Prior to that, the only noticeable wear and tear was the edge of the padded shoulder strap, and that was merely a function of finish, not serious wear.
The canvas bag does feel “warmer” compared to more sterile nylon backpacks.