EDC with my Empire Builder
So, as I mentioned, the EB is my new every-day-carry (EDC) bag. I don't mean that in the "survivalist" concept of EDC, though given my job it does include a few items for dealing with emergency situations (I'm an emergency manager and fire department captain).
I actually don't have anything in the two zipper pockets on the front of the messenger flap. I prefer to keep these empty for stashing extra items when traveling or going to/from the office. I may come up with something to keep in these in the future, but I find myself falling prey to the "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" phenomenon when it comes to pockets like this.
Under the front flap in the main organizer pocket, I have my iPad 2 and various other "quick access" items. The black portfolio-looking thing is the iPad case. I use this a lot for meeting notes and in lieu of hauling my laptop around. I went with a portfolio-type case so I can carry it around to meetings while protecting the iPad and not making it obvious to a passerby that it's anything more than a padfolio.
This shows the organizer pocket with the iPad removed. The far left pocket contains an Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG, a fire service reference book) as well as a case with 4 AA batteries and 4 CR123 batteries. The next pocket is currently empty, so I can stash my cell phone and/or iPod in there while I'm at work or traveling. The pen pockets have a black and a red "embassy pen" from CountyComm with the appropriate colored ink (use the red for making notes on documents or grading when I teach training classes) plus a mechanical pencil and an eraser. The short pocket on the far right has a stack of my business cards.
I have a mini padded organizer pouch clipped to the "back" O-ring and a small clear organizer pouch and a small regular organizer pouch clipped to the "front" O-ring. The padded organizer has my Verizon MiFi wireless broadband access device and the cord for it. The clear organizer has one of the TB microsuede cloths folded up inside it, and the solid organizer has a few more pens (Sharpies, dry erase, etc.)
The zippered pocket under the front flap holds my Apple bluetooth keyboard (for use with the iPad) in a Waterfield Slip Case. This pocket is just the perfect size for the keyboard.
As you can see, I don't have a Brain Cell or even room for a laptop. That may change, but for now I'm experimenting with whether I can get by with just the iPad and not have to haul my laptop most of the time. From the back (top of the picture), I have a reference binder for work and a Waterfield iPod/iPhone Organizer which holds all the iPad accessories (charger/sync cable, SD card reader, USB port, VGA port). There's also a small Pelican flashlight which runs on 2 CR123 lithium batteries (hence the spares up front) clipped to the sidewall (the thin part where the foam padding ends).
Next I have the file dividers. Right now they have papers I need to sort through, but I'll just put any files, travel documents, etc. I need in here.
The grey pouch in the front left is a small Outdoor Research camping/travel organizer I use to hold my iGo travel charger pieces. This is an interchangeable tip travel charger with both 12V and 110V connections and I have tips for pretty much every electronic device I own, plus most of the other common cell phones (in case a co-worker needs it).
The blue pouch is a TB medium organizer pouch with an iGo laptop charger (also the same interchangeable tip design). I have tips for my personal laptop, my work laptop, my netbook (mostly used during field disaster response work) and the Panasonic Toughbooks we have on our fire department vehicles. Even though I don't carry the laptops, I keep the charger with me just in case.
There's also a thin black pouch (hard to see, between the medium organizer and the file dividers) which has some radio earpieces for my fire department radio and my radio pager (so I can monitor in meetings if needed).
I've only been using this setup at work for a couple days since I was traveling last week and have only had the bag for less than 2 weeks, but so far it is working great for me. I really like the setup with most of my frequently-accessed items under the front flap and readily accessible. About the only thing I miss having from my old bag is someplace to stash a water bottle, but that's a small price to pay for such a great new bag.