What’s in My Bag 2014

Matt Mullenweg
CEO (age 30)
San Francisco, CA

Matt is the CEO and Founder of Automattic, the parent company of Wordpress.com

As the start of a new year’s tradition, I’d like to take inventory of what I carry around in my backpack, which I have with me almost everywhere I go. I’m constantly iterating and changing what I carry around, so I hope it’s interesting to see this vignette of what I’ve found to be the best or most effective items to have with me all the time. With the things in this backpack I can be productive pretty much any place on the planet with a wifi or LTE connection.

1. Kensington international adapter, I like this one because it has two USB ports, but every adapter I’ve used seems a little janky.

2. Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 with charging case, as I mentioned in my headphones post.

3. Kindle Voyage. Love love love.

4. 64gb USB stick.

5. Lockpick set.

6. Apple Thunderbolt / VGA adapter. (I can probably stop carrying this around.)

7. Samsung Level Over, as I mentioned in my headphones post.

8. Macbook power adapter, and Moto Hint bluetooth headset.

9. Audrey Hepburn deck of playing cards, and business card holder. The last few items are on a Gridit holder, which I like but seems to drop items as I walk around.

10. Macally double USB charger, which I like because the plug pivots, and it can charge an iPad at full speed

11. Thunderbolt to thunderbolt cable, which is great for transferring between computers, and Belkin audio cable splitter, with an old Beats cable wrapped around which I use with the Samsung headphones.

12. Retractable HMDI cable.

13. Garmin chest strap heart rate monitor, for running.

14. Miscellaneous retractable cables: Jawbone UP24 charger (not using the UP at the moment, just the Basis), 1/8th inch audio cable, ethernet CAT5e, USB mini type B

15. Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom, with a gold cord taco.

16. Jetpack notebook for taking analog notes.

17. Some bag balm in a little plastic holder, an Aveda Blue Oil that I find relaxing, and some Advil for when ouches happen.

18. TP-LINK TL-WR702N Wireless N150 Travel Router, which works so-so.

19. Chargers for the two watches.

20. Mpow Streambot Mini Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Music Streaming Receiver Adapter.

21. Apple Magic Mouse, still the best.

22. Moto X second generation, with walnut back and orange highlights.

23. Not pictured, iPhone 6+, because it took the picture, space grey of course.

24. Miscellaneous swag and trinkets, and a T-mobile SIM card.

25. Maison Bonnet sunglasses and cleaning cloth.

26. Lamy Pico Pocket Ballpoint pen.

27. Brand new passport! No stamps in it yet. Unfortunately picture was taken when I was still in the mustache competition.

28. Basis Peak watch, which I like a lot overall.

29. Garmin Forerunner 620, for quantifying running along with the chest strap in #13.

30. Westone ES49 custom earplugs, for if I go to concerts or anyplace overly loud.

31. Bucky eye shades, like an eye mask but has a curve so it doesn’t touch your eyes. I don’t use this often but when I do it’s a life-saver.

32. Retina Macbook Pro, 15 inch, with a few stickers and the custom W light cut-out.

33. The bag that holds everything pictured: Old School Laptop Rucksack. I wish it had a few more interior pockets for organizing things. It’s starting to get pretty worn, I probably need to treat the leather on the bottom.

34. Not pictured: Incase dual USB 2.4 amp car charger, a Belkin car mount, and a retractable lightning cable. (They were in the car when I took this.)So if you add it all up, there are about 53 unique items I’m carrying around all the time. I’m curious how this total number changes over time as well. If you have any recommendations for a better, lighter, or more functional item than what I’m carrying please leave it in the comments!

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Discussion (6 total)

Aileen Chen ·
Thanks for sharing! I noticed it seems like you have many different headphones / earbuds in your kit. (UE, Plantronics, Samsung, maybe #21 and #22...plus a BT headset). Maybe there's an opportunity there to streamline that and therefore end up lighter?
Puff ·
Nice collection there
This is a edc of a guy who always has what he needs.... Or what someone else may need, thanks for sharing
Will Sinks ·
What headphone post are you referencing?
Great collection. Bag Balm--awesome--my Grandmother always had a can in her medicine cabinet!
Daniel Griffin ·
Like the carry. Nice to see somebody trying to anticipate what the day may bring. Only thing that seems to be missing is some kind of multi-tool, unless I overlooked it.
Chris Szaroleta ·
Great carry! Lots of redundancy there.