Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What's In Your Mobile Multimedia Bag?

I am a regular reader of the Oyster Hotel Review blog. Oyster, which started in January, hires journalists to do extensive, independent hotel reviews, including hundreds of pictures. Check out this review of the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City (full disclosure-one of my best friends is a hotel consultant who works there).

A recent blog post caught my eye: An Oyster Reporter’s Mobile Workspace. Writer Paul B offers pictures and the 17 items he carries in his multimedia back pack. It includes the normal stuff, but it also has items including pen and paper, Advil and Zeiss wet lens wipes and cleaning cloths.

I'm in Austin, Texas, this week covering an industry show, and I get many comments about my own Swiss Army Multimedia back pack (bought at Sam's Club for $40), so I thought I'd share what I carry in my own bag.
  • FujiFilm S800 FinePix camera with 2 sets of 4 Kodak rechargeable AA batteries;
  • Allegiant Air mouse pad;
  • 1 4-pack each of AA and AAA batteries
  • Olympic digital audio recorder with hand mike, USB mike and lapel mike
  • Bag of plug adapters that cover the world
  • Ethernet cord
  • Victorinox SwissCard with nail file, ruler, scissors, toothpick, tweezers and screwdriver (the size of a business card)
  • 4 ink pens (1 with 1GB thumb drive) and 4 reporter notebooks
  • 2 1GB thumb drives
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand lotion
  • Business cards
  • Umbrella
  • Belkin 3-outlet, 2 USB port mini surge protector (cheaper on eBay)
  • iPod Classic
  • iPod Touch with iBend holder
  • Sharper Image noise-canceling headphones (for flights and editing podcasts)
  • Apple iPod recordable headphones
  • Universal iGo charger for Blackberry and iPods
  • Flip Video Camera
  • Mini camera tripod
  • Business cards
  • Breath mints
  • Sewing Kit
Some of my journalist friends laugh at my bag -- until they need something they've forgotten. Click here for my past post on multimedia bag choices.

I was a Girl Scout growing up, and you know their motto: Be Prepared! What's in your bag?


  1. Verizon air card
    JVC Everio
    Little banged-up swivel-lens Nikon point-n-shoot I dearly love
    card reader for its card
    USB plug for the Everio
    iPhone 3G (will have new version w/vid in a couple months)
    big notepad
    business cards
    spare batteries for the Flip and point-n-shoot
    charger for the Everio
    two spare MacBook batteries!!!!

  2. I'm not a journalist, but I love the idea. Putting my bag together now. . .

  3. I always wondered what was in that bag