What’s in Your Bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring reporter Chaim Gartenberg.
There are two things you need to know about my life that explain a lot about my bag. One is that I commute roughly an hour to and from work every day. The second is that I like to be prepared for things.
What that translates to is a whole bunch of things to kill time on the subway, and a whole bunch of emergency chargers, headphones, and cables that I lug around with me everywhere — you know, just in case. Sometimes there’s more stuff if I’m traveling farther or have an event to go to, and sometimes there’s less if I forget something charging on my desk, but this is a rough average of what I usually carry around.
I got this Côte & Ciel bag from my dad a couple years ago, back when it was in much better condition. It’s big enough to comfortably fit my 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it has two zippers on the side that let it expand to fit more stuff. (They are always expanded; I carry around a lot of crap.)
It doesn’t offer much in the way of internal storage — just two cloth pouches on the front of the laptop pocket — but one of those pouches fits my Switch perfectly and is soft enough that I don’t constantly worry about the screen. The rest of the contents just kind of jumble around in the bottom.
The waxed canvas exterior is pretty good at keeping out most of the rain and crud from…