I’ll be headed to New York City on assignment Monday, and with two day’s worth of air travel and a single day on the ground, I’m not finding myself in a mood to carry a whole lot of hardware. So, as part of a grand experiment in what toys I can make due with, I’ve chosen to only take along what you see here (minus a few cables and SD cards, of course.)
- A Field Notes notebook in a leather cover. I don’t care about how the cover looks. I’m not that foo-foo. But I do like the extra sturdiness it provides while I’m writing on the go.
- My Cross ATX Basalt Black Fountain Pen. Again, not foo-foo. I’ve owned this pen for a long time and it’s served me well. Before I bought it, I’d lose at least two or three disposable pens a day. I’m always paranoid about the whereabouts of my ATX as it cost more than I’m comfortable with. I’ve never misplaced it, and the initial cost of the thing has easily been covered by the number of regular pens I’d have lost by now if I hadn’t of switched over to using it.
- A TwleveSouth Compass iPad stand. It’s the first tablet stand I bought, and I’ve never felt the need to replace it. Why mess with a good thing.
- My 120GB iPod Classic. I own a metric ass-ton of music and want it with always. I could stream to my iPhone using Amazon MP3 or Rdio, but they both take a whore’s share of your battery, and that’s not cool. Same goes for my iPad. So my tunes live here instead.
- A Sony NEX F3 with a Sony 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle lens. I love this camera, but I knew I’d love it more with a more compact lens. the 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle was recommended to me by my close personal acquaintance Tim Barribaeu over at the Wirecutter. It’s a wide angle lens, so it’ll be great for taking a few shots of the city and perhaps a few of it’s people while I’m there. Sadly, it doesn’t zoom. At all. I could opt to rely on the F3’s digital zoom, but I find digital zoom makes my pictures look like five pounds of shit in a two pound bag, so that’s not going to happen.
- My Logitech Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac. It’s the best multiple-use Bluetooth keyboard out there at the moment. If you’re a Mac or iOS user, snag one. You won’t be sorry.
- My iPhone 5. Duh. I don’t much care to leave the missus behind, so I’ll want to stay in touch. Also, despite the fact that I’m on assignment for The Globe and Mail, my other clients may still want to get hold of me. This is the black rectangle that’ll make that possible.
- A Dingoo A-320 emulator. It plays NES, SNES, GBA, Sega, Playstation 1, Atari and MAME games. It deserves a space in every geek’s carry-on
- Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi edition. I could do my reading on my iPad, but that’ll suck the marrow right out of my tablet’s battery, so if I want to do some work or watch a movie on my 18 hours of air travel over the next week, I’m hosed. Also, I find it’s a lot easier on my eyes, and let’s just say it, my eyes are getting old. Easy is good.
- My 32 gigabyte iPad mini. Because it’d be stupid to bring my keyboard and tablet stand along without it. Airport security would have questions. This will be the first time I’ve ever travelled anywhere without a laptop to work with or stay in touch on. Just the thought of it is kind of freaking me out. But after a recent conversation I had with Harry McCracken, I’m feeling a little better about it. He uses nothing but an iPad as his primary computing device most every day of his life for the past few years. I should be able to survive three days without a computer.
So that’s it: My New York City carry list. I’ll likely throw a high capacity USB battery pack into the mix before it’s all said and done, but I can’t think of another single thing that I need.
OK, maybe a change of clothes.