I'm starting to get better at the travel thing, and since I'm going to spend this summer on the road, I figured it was time to document my current travel setup, which consists of 1 backpack + 1 guitar. I may rearrange this to become 1 suitcase + 1 guitar, with the backpack comprising most of the interior of the suitcase, but we'll see.

Back compartment:

  • Laptop, laptop power cable
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Portable laptop stand
  • Any papers I'm carrying for work or study
  • Any books/software I'm working through, including music books
  • Anti-RSI tools

Middle compartment:

  • Running shoes
  • Dancing shoes
  • Clothes for the week, including 1 pair of either nice or non-nice pants (whichever one I'm not wearing), 1 light pair of running/pajama pants, and rolled-up t-shirts (and usually one shirt that's not a t-shirt)
  • Some sort of portable exercise thingy, when I get one - Greg recommended exercise bands, I'll have to check into that.

Front top compartment:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Travel comb
  • Earbuds and ogg/mp3 player, microUSB connector for charging/file-transfer
  • Thumbdrives for messing around with in general

Front bottom compartment:

  • GPS, with dashboard mount and charger
  • Phone charger
  • RSI-prevention combination wrist-rest/wrist-brace gloves
  • Headset/webcam (when I get one for my laptop - I don't have one now)

On the Mel:

  • Cell phone (front right pocket)
  • Wallet (front left pocket)
  • Notebook and pen (rear left pocket)
  • Boarding pass and photo ID (rear right pocket)
  • Keys (on carabiner hanging from belt)
  • Jacket (either wearing it or tied around my waist)
  • Comfortable shoes that don't look awful


  • Guitar
  • Capo