What’s In My Backpack? – Fall 2017 Edition

What’s In My Backpack? – Fall 2017 Edition


Hey what’s goin on you guys? So it has been about
two years since I did a What’s In My Backpack video
and things have changed. Some of you guys have
been asking for updates so let’s just get in to it. So let’s start right
off with the backpack. As you can see this is
a different backpack than what I was using a few years ago. This is the Ebags Professional
Slim Laptop Backpack. It is my absolute favorite
bag for work purposes that I have ever used. I do have some other bags for
like hiking and for traveling but this thing is amazing. And it’s actually a Colorado
company which is pretty cool. Didn’t know that when I bought it. But this thing I think it’s
about like 80 bucks right now, so it’s definitely not at
that higher price range that my other bags are at. It’s also not a 20 dollar backpack but for my purposes it is awesome and the price was pretty good. So the main thing I
love about this backpack number one it can stand up on its own. I’ve never had a backpack
that really like stands up and doesn’t flop over. But the big thing I love
here is it’s got this bottom compartment here that is
just like perfectly made for my MacBook charge cord. And every other backpack I’ve ever used I’ve had to have some sort
of like weird thing I’ve gotta dig into or some
extra case to keep the cord nice and organized. This thing has a little
compartment built right in for it and the nice thing is if
you don’t want to use this as a cord space you can
actually come in here to the top of the bag and
remove this little hard insert. So you can create more space in this main storage compartment if you want to. But for me, this is awesome. So the one caveat I will
say about this particular bag is it is a work bag first in my mind. It doesn’t have like a
ton more storage than what you’d see in like a messenger bag. Maybe a little bit more. But when it comes to things
like stuffing a hoodie in here, or stuffing a jacket in
here that’s where you start to push the limits. And I found that I can
get a hoodie in there but I don’t think I’d
be able to get a jacket. Alright, that caveat aside
let’s talk about some of the pockets here. So the top you’ve got your
standard laptop compartment. I’ve got my laptop in
here and we’ll go over what’s in the bag in just a second. And then there’s a little
divider where I like to keep notebooks and a couple
of other things in there. Pretty simple and straight forward. At the top of the bag you also have a smaller iPad compartment. And it’s actually padded
with like a fabric material that’s very soft. So if you didn’t have a
case on your iPad this would actually protect the
screen pretty well still. But where it gets really nice
for organizational purposes is this front compartment. I really love this thing
because it zips on three sides. Instead of digging in and
having to organize my things from the top and find
things, I can just open this flap all the way. And as you can see there are
tons of zippers, there’s mesh, there’s all sorts of compartments in here. So everything is able to
be kept very organized and for me at least I
really, really love that. The one last thing I
will mention is it has a hideable water bottle holder,
which is pretty sweet. On some other bags you’ve
got the water bottle holder’s like always just sticking
out and getting in the way if you don’t have a bottle but on some other bags you
just never have one at all. So this is a nice little compromise. It doesn’t have two so
I can’t carry like a ton of stuff with me in terms of drinks but it at least has this one. (upbeat music) Alright so enough about the
bag itself let’s get into what I’m carrying in this
thing on a daily basis. Now keep in mind that I
haven’t been a student for a few years so this is very
tailored to the specific work that I do and I’m
carrying maybe far fewer papers than you’d carry as a student, but I still think there are
going to be some things in here that you might find
useful regardless of where you are as a student or as a professional. First thing’s first I’m
rockin a 2015 MacBook Pro. This thing is pretty spec’d
out because I wanted to have something where I
could edit video on the go. I’ve also got some paper
stuff so I’ve got a very simple sketch book I think
this is just from Michael’s and I use this to make sketches
for videos occasionally. Or to do like maps of
things that I’m planning out for future videos. And in addition to the sketch
book we have got a regular Mead Five Star notebook. Nothing really fancy here. Nothing fancy about
the pen I have in here. It’s all from Wal-Mart or Target. But I do like having a paper notebook because sometimes being able
to just write things down while taking notes on an
online course I’m taking or planning out a videos B roll I just like being able to do it on paper. Finally I do have one single,
very torn up and battered purple folder. So occasionally I will get
receipts I need to keep or handouts or just random papers. There’s like a contract
I need to sign in here. Now if you’re a student and
you have multiple classes one folder is not gonna cut it. And I’ve never been a fan
of keeping multiple folders in your backpack rather I really like those
accordion binder things. Because they give you
multiple different pockets where you can keep every
classes assignments and handouts nicely organized
and separated but it is one unit it’s not a jumble of folders. The last thing I have in
this main compartment is one of these Apple Bluetooth keyboards. I don’t use this with my
laptop but sometimes I like to be able to write with my
iPad because it creates a much more distraction
free writing experience. And when I’m flying on a plane somewhere using this in tandem with
the iPad Mini works so much better than using a laptop in
those tiny little coach seats. Speaking of the iPad I
have the iPad Mini four and this is using a very
cheap but very high quality case from Amazon that I’ll link
to in the description below. It’s got that magnetic front
so you get that same like smart cover on off thing. And it can fold into multiple
different configurations for typing or watching movies. So I really like this thing
and I’ve come to use this iPad more than I thought I would. I use it for reading I use
it for writing and also basically every video I film
I have this up next to me somewhere kind of by the
camera to bring up the script outline for reference. In the main storage compartment
we have first and foremost the Bose QC35 noise canceling headphones. And I gotta be honest I was
a little skeptical about noise canceling headphones at first, especially given the price
at the time when I bought. But my friend Martin got a free pair of I think they were the Beats ones right? – [Martin] Yup. – Yeah you got the Beats ones. And he let me try them out and I was like these are a game changer. So I went out, I tried the
Beats ones, I didn’t find them comfortable because
I’ve got kind of a big head so I just went all the way
up and I got the Bose ones. And these things are great. They don’t sound better than
a lot of the other non noise canceling headphones out there. But what they do at least for
me is they open up a whole plethora of other study
spots that I wouldn’t have considered in the past. Because now noise is
almost like a non issue. I can go study in very noisy coffee shop. I can go study in somewhere
where they’re blasting music and these things basically
just drown out the world allow me to play my study
playlist or Brain.fm or whatever I want to listen to. It’s just awesome. It means I can wake up I
can bike to pretty much wherever I want to work
and know I can focus there. Now the one thing about
the Bose QC35 in particular is that they are expensive. I think I paid about
350 dollars for these. But like I said earlier
that was back then and noise canceling technology has
both progressed quite a bit and has gotten cheaper so if
you don’t want to pay this much for these ones, these probably are the best ones currently,
but there’s the Cowin E7 which are about 70 bucks on
Amazon so less than one third the price of these and a
lot of people have said they do almost just as good of a
job with the noise cancellation and just as good of a
job with sound quality. So that might be an option to look into. Now in addition to the Bose
I also have the Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth
headphones that I use for both workouts and when I’m
riding my bike on trails to listen to audiobooks. A lot of you guys have
asked me about these on my Instagram so I wanted to
include them in the video even though they’re not
always in my backpack they’re often in my workout bag. The other thing that I keep in the main storage compartment is books. A lot of times when I go
to a coffee shop to write I have a lot of books with
me to research, to pull references from and these
just basically help me to write my videos. And yes I do have the
iPad but I’m a person who really does like physical books as well. So often times my bag is full of these. Of course as I showed you
before down in this cord storage compartment I’ve
got the charger cord to my MacBook Pro. And now we’re getting into the
small organizer compartment. So in here I have got an extra
charge cord for my phone, very useful to have along with
the little charger port thing and this little accessory thing that goes with the MacBook Pro cord. I never use this but
I keep it just in case I happen to need it. Up in here I’ve got one
of these multi tools. Now this isn’t like a
professional Gerber one that’s like 50 bucks it’s like a
ten dollar one from Amazon, but it actually does
a pretty darn good job if I need to like cut
something or need pliers. Very useful to have. And here’s a bunch of
business cards that are not very interesting though
I do have my membership card to the Denver Botanical Gardens which is a very nice place
to go study sometimes. Over on this side first and
foremost I have some sunglasses because I live in Denver
which is about 4,000 feet closer to the sun as the place
where I previously lived. And I also have some sunscreen
for the exact same reason. In here there’s also these
dongles for the MacBook Pro I think to ethernet one. There’s gum and Halls I
don’t exactly know how those got in there but I
suppose those are helpful. And the VGA port as well
for the MacBook Pro. Just in case I need to go
to a conference and do a presentation and they
don’t happen to have a thunderbolt hook up this is nice to have. And the last couple of
items here number one I’ve got an iPad stylus. Now I don’t use this very
often but I did use it for drawing on the iPad
awhile ago and doesn’t take up a whole lot of space
so it’s nice to have. And lastly I have got a
pack of business cards. And these are from MOO and
they’re just real simple I designed them myself
but they’re nice to have for conferences as well. Are you fascinated by this thing? – [Martin] Did that case
come with them because that’s cool. – You can buy it on MOO. – If I were watching
I would be interested. – Good point yes you can
also get this particular case on MOO. They don’t come with the business cards cause it’s like this nice faux leather but I don’t know it was like
ten bucks extra I think. So, it’s nice to have it’s pretty classy. So guys if you are curious
about anything I talked about I’m going to link to most
of these things down in the description below. And additionally because
it’s near the beginning of the semester we have a
guide over on College Info Geek my website, called the ultimate
college packing checklist. So if you’re going to college
and you need stuff beyond what goes in your backpack
we have compiled a huge list of all the things
you’ll need for your dorm including school supplies,
kitchen supplies, bathroom supplies all
that stuff is linked down in that guide which you’ll find
in the description as well. Other than that I want to
thank you guys as always for watching. I really appreciate you. If you’re not subscribed
yet you can subscribe with that button right there
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starting a new semester soon you might want to check out
our latest episode on the Podcast which is all about
how to get prepared for that new semester and you
can watch one additional video on this channel if
you want to by clicking your face right there. Yes your face, not your finger. It won’t work if it’s your finger. Anyway thank you guys for watching and I’ll see you next week.

100 thoughts on “What’s In My Backpack? – Fall 2017 Edition

  1. Hello Thomas, you probably won`t see my question but i`ll try anyways. In august i began waking up every day in 9 a.m. and it felt great, but all these mornings were bright, unfortunately autumn is close and today was the first gloomy and rainy morning and i felt completely glued to my bed for another 2 hours after i woke up, it always happens when it is not sunny outside, maybe other people have the same problem. Are there any solutions?

  2. Omg dude no way! You listen to Tool! I fangirled so hard. I've been subscribed for a while. Lots of your advice have really helped me (I'm in the process of building my own website. I don't really fancy shooting myself in the foot. I regularly visit your blog as well~) ANYWAYS.. You've got rad musical tastes.

  3. Hey Thomas 🙂 I find your videos really helpful!So glad to have found you!
    Please, could you make a video about interesting online courses?
    Thank you very much! Keep on!
    Greetings from Greece 🙂

  4. British version: umbrella…
    Btw, is there any videos on 1: How to write papers. 2: How to read a book (non text book) ?
    Love the videos, love the Deep Work ideas in others videos!!!! Keep being great 👍

  5. as an evernote guy i'm surprised you are not more paperless. evernote is great for paperless business cards and receipts.

  6. Hey Thomas, great video as always.

    Quick question: Do you like fitbits?
    I was thinking about buying the Blaze and wanted feedback from some of my favourite College YouTubers.

  7. The main thing why I love to watch men's "what's in my bag?" is, they get to the point immediately!!! Not after 20 minutes of telling another story…

  8. I was looking around the web to fall in love with a messenger bag to buy but instead i think I'm in love with a reviewer. Damn you're fine!

  9. Design is over the content.
    I don't really want to brea impression of this item but it actually a very low volume travel bag with a lot of outdated features. Yes, you can stuff it up with a laptop, 1-2 binders(1 inch) charger and wallet and some other small gadgets.  I it is also a very heavy, it will add UP TO 8-9 POUNDS (depending on the laptop you have) with over 40% of a bag wight itself . 
    YES it has a very good protection for the laptop- a padded roll on the bottom, but that is it. Overall it weights and has a size of a carry on luggage suit case. It will NOT stand up if you put the laptop into any, except the close to the back, compartment. So if you need a backpack that is ONLY for a busines trip and do not need anything like shoes (although the outside dimentions will allow it to have it inside) pair of sox, a shirt and a bath bag then it is for you, for little less than a 100$. 
    I will not describe all the good things, because all the reviews on the internet done it already.
    But it DOES NOT stand up.
    Discussion is welcome.

  10. b-but isn't it really heavy? D: I am the type who like to always be prepared as well, but it always end up being really heavy 💔

  11. You know why I like your videos? Because you're one of the only male guys that talk about these things. All the rest of the Youtubers (females) just stall and waste time. They make their videos cutesy, and don't get into the seriousness of it. You are a great guy that get's straight to the point and helps others. Keep it going! 🙂

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  13. Thomas, I cant thank you enough for all the help you give. Hopefully one day I can Pay It Forward on a scale half as close as you do. I recently went back to college after 20 years of no formal schooling; your video's have been a tremendous help. It has also rekindled my passion for cognitive study and the study of people. Please keep doing what you do brotherman!

  14. Microsoft surface pro 4 in collaberation with a premium onedrive account elimates any need for folders or papers and sometimes books if you can find a pdf or ebook option. Onenote is a game changer, I can scan handouts into it, create PDFs from there and email my handwritten assignments. I think you would like it, for anyone wondering, I got my surface pro 4 used for less than $500…($425 to be exact came with the keyboard, stylus, and a case). Worth saving for, or as a last resort, taking out extra on loans to buy. I would highly suggest you buy a surface pro 4 or newer much thinner and quality is great. I have the base model of the surface pro 4, with the cheapest and least powerful setup and it’s just fine no issues at all. (I’m not a pc gamer or video editor, that said some reviewers have said it’s possible just not as efficient or capable at max settings) For School and having multiple applications and windows open at the same time it’s great. I frequently run OneNote, PowerPoint, Word, PDF Drawboard, Chrome, and Spotify all at the same time and have no lagging issues. Here is a used surface buying guide I used to ensure I bought a good used product.

    http://www.lovemysurface.net/buy-a-used-surface-tablet/

  15. Funny, I was researching possibly getting a new backpack to take with me to a conference in Denver week after next. Really like that charger compartment and the fact that it stands up

  16. Say I made soup last night and have leftovers I want to take to the park on glass tupperware. Where in this backpack would that go without any risk of leaking and messing up books or electronics?

  17. Nice video. I just purchased this backpack. Can’t wait to get it. Gotta love Bose. I have a set too. Love that business card holder. Thanks 4 sharing.

  18. Have you tried the messenger bag version? https://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/professional-laptop-briefcase/348306?productid=10585881

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  20. Instead of buying a 60$ accordion binder, you can just buy like 50 cent folders and get a rubber band to band them together

  21. For the accordian binder you can get a top loading binder
    that works great in a backpack. I got this for the student I am tutoring and it works much better because he can easily put papers in it without having to take it out of the pack. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H6BMC1Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  22. Why… why did I watch this… Now I'm in love with this backpack and I need a new one, but they are not available here and a bit out of budget already to consider international shipping.
    Great review though, thanks.

  23. I carry the exact same things as you.
    Except I have a Surface laptop instead of a macbook.

    I use Herschel's backpack

  24. YES finally! Someone gets the folder organizer! (Everyone has told me to use a binder all my life😂😅)

  25. so I have a MacBook/ipad……..
    so I have a MacBook/ipad……..
    so I have a MacBook/ipad……..
    so I have a MacBook/ipad……..
    so I have a MacBook/ipad……..

  26. This review is spot on. I've used this bag for several years now. I just wish they made this exact same bag, but slightly larger. The other versions of this bag just aren't as good.

  27. Well you definitely sold it to me and i have ordered this bag too. I wanted to ask, how's the bag holding up for you? I've read some comments where people are furious because of the shoulder straps or the hooks giving up.

  28. Would really love to see new updates on your daily carries and backpack. There are so many brands and models to choose from nowadays. I love your review in this video so much I have been recommending this backpack to my friends ever since, however there must be a better version that you are using these days?

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