Nov 15, 2011 Work
For the longest time at my job I was talking about getting a special bag just for work. Something to use as a grab bag of tools, cables and possible random items I might need when going to another office to fix computers. The company I work for has 5 offices so I get to travel occasionally when I cannot fix things remotely over the network. I was going to use my current Ogio messenger bag with the Firefox logo on it, but since I ride a motorcycle most of the summer to work this would not work well. This was the year for the backpack to finally be purchased and get put to use. Especially now since I am having to bring a laptop home more often. After looking through a large amount of backpacks online I landed on the Condor Urban Go Pack, which is a tactical backpack. Due to working in an office I decided on the black color instead of any of the several other colors they provide like Coyote Tan and ACU. Below are a few pictures of the outside.
The front top compartment has a lot of pockets. Some are always open on top, some have a flap with hook/loop covering the pocket and some have zippers. All of these pockets can hold a lot of small equipment.
Contents shown in the pictures above.
- Various CDs
- Microfiber cloth
- Verizon broadband card
- Post-it notes
- Business cards
- Plastic baggies
- USB thumb drive
- USB extension cable
- Micro USB cable
- Mini USB cable
- Sharpie permanent marker
- Plastic poking/prying device (Got it from Dell long ago when I was replacing a keyboard in a laptop)
- Dell power cord strap
The next compartment contains mostly tools.
Contents shown in pictures above.
- Extra USB mouse
- Mini screwdriver set
- Tape measure
- Zipties of various sizes
- Network/Phone crimper
- Multibit screwdriver
- Mini torx screwdriver
- Larger ziplock bag (Mainly in case it rains)
Since I ride my motorcycle to work a lot in all weather I may get caught out in the rain. This is for all of the extra plastic bags in the bag. I have been caught in one light rain and it did not leak into the bag. I would prefer to not take any chances just in case. The bag does also have some drain eyelets on the bottom of each side and main compartments.
The side compartments are even large enough to store a good size water bottle in with no problems.
Inside the main compartment there are a few more pockets and sleeves. Extra cables fit great inside these pockets.
Contents shown in pictures above.
- Network cables
- USB cables
- Power cords for desktop computers and monitors
- Serial cable
- USB to serial adapter (My Dell laptop does not have a serial port so configuring network switches via console this is a must)
- Small parts holder:
- Cage nuts
- Cage Screws
- Cheap cage nut tool
- Cat5 network cable ends
- Cat6 network cable ends with
- Twisty ties
- Rubber bands
- 9v batteries (Added after my cable tester batteries died and had to run to the store for more)
- AAA and AA batteries
- Small variety of screwdriver bits and sockets
I still need to stock the bag with:
- Electricians scissors
- 110/66 punch tool
- Small parts grabber
- Better flashlight
If you are not a fan of the waist belt on this bag it is removable. I have not attempted to remove it yet but it is secured to the bag with hook/loop. I have been able to fit some rather large items in this backpack. I have occasionally had to carry items such as a Dell Optiplex 745 desktop unit or a desktop monitor with the stand sticking out the side. The one thing that has been a bummer about this bag so far is the zipper pulls.
They are CHEAP! They will fall apart no matter what you do. I will eventually find something else to put there as these keep falling apart. All in all I would recommend getting this bag for a computer tech that needs to travel between offices often.
What would you add to this setup?