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    Registered User lpotr4's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    Las Vegas

    Talking Life with my Empire Builder...

    Empire Builder (black/black/cayenne with Absolute Shoulder Strap):

    What's inside 'the cave':

    Main Pocket:
    • MacBook Pro 17" (inside a Horizontal Brain Cell Size 2)
    • 1 plastic divider
    • pocket folder holding work docs

    Outside zippered pockets:
    • 4GB Sony thumb drive (inside a Case Logic media case with clip)
    • iPhone USB cable (inside small clear pouch)
    • Duo Card adapter (inside small clear pouch)

    In secondary compartment:
    • Sony PSP-3000 (inside Psyclone case with 2 UMD games)
    • Nintendo DS Lite (inside stock case with 3 games)
    • Large Moleskine sketchbook (or small Bungee Book)
    • Apple Power Brick (inside interior pocket)
    • Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse (inside interior pocket)
    • Pack of business cards (inside interior pocket))
    • Roadtools PodiumPad
    • Small Victorinox Cybertool (clipped to lanyard)
    • Small pocket LED flashlight (clipped to lanyard)
    • 2 Pilot G2 Pro Pens (inside pen holder)
    • 1 Pilot Mechanical Pencil (inside pen holder)
    • 1 Faber Castell retractable Eraser (inserted in pocket with mouse)
    • 2 small microfiber cleaning cloths (inside medium clear pouch)

    Large zippered pocket:
    • My meds (inside Coach pill case)
    • Small Scope mouthwash
    • Traveler-sized Tylenol
    • Apple Wireless Keyboard (sometimes)
    • 2 Pistachio Larabars (inside medium clear pouch)

    Below is my Empire Builder, my other constant companion...

    <a href="" title="Super Ego contents (aerial) by Luis Pangilinan, on Flickr"><img src="" width="500" height="375" alt="Super Ego contents (aerial)" /></a>
    Last edited by lpotr4; 11-10-2008 at 10:14 AM.
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    Jan 2008

    My Techie Bag

    My Empire Builder
    Accessory Bags/Cases: 1x Braincell, 2x Snake Charmers, 1x Awesome Padding Foam Cube from an Old, Leather Laptop Bag

    MacBook Pro (Laptop 1)
    Dell Inspiron (Laptop 2)
    Additional, Extended-life battery for Dell
    320GB External HD
    Leatherman Surge (the big daddy leatherman)
    Wiha Tech Driver Set
    A/C Adapter for MacBook
    A/C Adapter for Dell
    Travel Power Strip
    2x Ethernet Cables
    4x Various USB Cables (1x A-B, 1x A-Mini, 1x Small A-Mini, Extension)
    3x Various Firewire Cables (1x 400, 1x 800, 1x 400-800)
    Memory Card Reader
    AC-USB Charger
    USB Cable for iPhone
    USB-Serial Adapter
    Programming Cable for Older URC Remotes
    Headphones (Earbuds)
    Wiebetech UltraDock v4
    Wiebetech SATADock v4
    A/C Adapter and Power Cable for Wiebetech docks
    2.5" to 3.5" IDE HD Adapter
    JetBeam LED Flashlight
    DS Game Case w/ 2 Games
    WiFi Finder
    2x Sharpies (Standard & Professional)
    1x Uniball Signo Pen
    3x Mini Sharpie Highlighters
    Microfiber Rag
    Microfiber Chamois
    Various Magazines
    2x Corsair Survivor USB Drives
    Last edited by Larry; 01-24-2009 at 09:34 AM. Reason: More stuff!

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    Jan 2009

    Wink Empire Builder dump

    It's scary what I load mine up with:

    Flap pockets:

    • Flash drives
    • WiFi dongle
    • Mouse feet
    • Luggage tag
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Bluetooth dongle
    • ID badge

    Organizer panel:

    • Flag wallet
    • Extra flags
    • Some pads of checks
    • Check book
    • Book Bungie (bookmark w elastic)
    • Misc pens & pencils
    • Stick eraser
    • Book of stamp

    Organizer lower pocket:

    • Page Points/Book Darts
    • Clippies
    • Spare ID lanyards & reels
    • Mouse adapter
    • Sheet slicer

    Main bag:

    • Brain cell w laptop (Dell D640 or C840)
    • Emergency umbrella
    • Calculator
    • Mouse
    • Pouch with ink carts, erasers, pencil leads, etc.
    • Lab book
    • Leather folder for papers
    • Files on current projects
    • A couple tech books

    Back pocket:

    • Today's paper
    • Magazines

    I used to have a Travelon that had 5 mesh pockets on the inside of the organizer flap that were great for all the misc odds and ends. Handle broke off after a couple years, and the replacement I received didn't have the pockets.

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    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Darcy's Avatar
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    May 2003
    The far west

    Empire Builder

    In this thread, post a list or pictures of What You Carry in your Empire Builder. We will add your packing list to the Empire Builder page to help give other people a better idea of what the bag can hold.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine prototype, Founder's Briefcase (every day carry), Small Cafe Bag (every day carry), Shop Bags (groceries, extra random stuff), Aeronaut 45 (travel), Synapse 19 (day hikes), Smart Alec (longer day hikes), Skookum Dog Road Duffel (Medium) (travel), Clear Organizer Wallet, Travel Stuff Sacks, Organizer Cubes

  5. #5
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    Dec 2009
    I used my Empire Builder for a 4 day/3 night business trip last week. Dress was business casual. It worked out well, since my transportation was mostly all Air & Train (MARTA). Here's the list:

    Main Pocket:
    15" Eagle Creek Packit Folder containing:
    -3 polo shirts
    -1 pair of slacks wrapped around it (to minimize wrinkles)

    Tom Bihn Aeronaut large packing cube containing:
    -3 pair underwear
    -3 pair socks
    -1 pair shorts
    -1 t-shirt
    -1 pair flip-flops
    -2 packs microwave popcorn

    Eagle Creek pack-it half tube cube containing:
    -spare eyeglasses in a case
    -Macbook charger in a pocket
    -iPhone charger
    -short extension cord
    -1 razor
    -1 toothbrush
    -1 comb

    Outside Flap
    Horizontal Pocket
    3-1-1 Ziploc bag, containing:
    -Dandruff shampoo
    -Hand sanitizer (small tube)
    -Shaving cream

    Vertical Pocket
    -First Aid kit

    Under the Outside Flap
    The Long Zippered Pocket contained various papers, and, the training manual I got at my destination.

    The Large Pouch contained:
    -Macbook Air in a padded case.
    -Fiber One bars in a pocket
    -my keychain on the key strap

    The back "pocket" contained a day bag from a conference I went to years ago (it folds up small, is very light & thin).

    All in all this worked out well, everything fit perfectly.

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