A. Samsonite Classic Two Gusset 15.6 Briefcase. Holds my laptop and all my stuff.
B. Trace Paper. I look for a used up roll, it fits better.
C. Mini Optical Mouse
D. Halo portable battery. I haven't used it yet, but having been stranded in an airport before, I may.
E. LED flashlight. For looking above ceilings for fireproofing and smoke barriers.
F. Dental floss. Yeah, I do.
G. Catch-all zip top bag of stuff. Advil, Stain Stick, Band-Aid, sleeping pills (for red eyes), lens cleaner, and alcohol swaps (because you can't carry hand sanitizer on planes), and zip-ties (just because).
H. Disposable toothbrush.
J. Black pen.
K. Red pens.
L. 10 foot tape measure. I have a 25-footer in my car. This one travels.
M. Binder clips. Always can hang a drawing up.
N. Post-It Notes.
P. Three extra AAA batteries.
Q. 64 GB thumb drive. I have all my music and books on tape on this thing.
R. Business Cards in a real silver Frank Lloyd Wright holder. Graduation gift.
S. Leather Pencil Case. My latest acquisition. Holds a few valuable implements to always have. Includes a lead holder, 0.7 mm mechanical pencil, green Sharpie pen, highlighter, lead tube with red, blue and HB leads, drafting dots and a mini-lead pointer. This is like an architect's Swiss Army knife.
T. 6 inch architect's and engineer's scale. They travel better, sometimes in the trace paper tube.
U. iPhone. With sweet Han Solo in Carbonite case. Replaced a camera at version 4. Missing is my charger chord...I will need that. I think my son stole it.
V. Leather Coach folio. Pretty awesome gift from my mentor.
W. Laptop. I don't think they come any bigger.
X. Earbuds. Cheap because I lose them.
Y. My wallet. From my last trip (11 years ago) to Florence. Holds everything.
Z. Prescription sunglasses. Because I have to drive the rental car when I get there. In microfiber sack.
AA. Powerbrick. I sometimes throw this into my roller bag (that is another episode).
So there we have it. My portable office. If I can, I mail sets of drawings to the site before I leave. Way cheaper than extra baggage fees at the airport. Full disclosure, I got the idea to do this post from a much more popular (and very good) blog "Life of an Architect" by Bob Borson. But I thought my bag was special. There are many like it but this one is mine.