As a lean engineer on the go, Mechanic Matt needs to fit a lot of stuff in one bag for his factory visits. He fits everything he needs for the work week into a single backpack—and it’s more than you’d expect.
The bag is from Trans by Jansport, and it’s the “Connection” model—which, as far as we can tell, has been sadly discontinued. It’s in red so it’s easy to find (and easy to see when someone’s trying to steal it). Here’s what’s inside (starting top left and going clockwise)
Group 1: In Outside Mesh Pocket
- Kevlar Sleeves, PPE for sheet metal plants
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hotel Hand Lotion
- Ricola or Vitamin C drops for plane travel
- Ear Plugs (Great for factory tours and loud planes)
- Connection backpack from Trans by Jansport
- Empty Coleman Water Bottle for refilling after airport security
Group 3: Personal Pocket
- Kiplinger Magazine for investment suggestions
- Online university enrollment packet
- Whatever book Matt is currently reading
Group 4 and 5: Work Pocket
- Lean Training Manuals
- Folder with factory organization charts for each factory visit
- Engineering grid paper pad
- Two steno notepads: one for rough notes, the other for cleaned up notes and “deliberate planning.”
Group 6: Laptop
- Company Laptop, a Dell Latitude 6430 with i7 Core chip
- SD Card with Portable Apps I need installed.
- Pocket Kleenex
- USB flash drives
- Mini USB Cable for Matt’s MP3 player and cameras
- Apple plug for company iPhone 5
- Duracell Car charge to USB Plug adapter
- Apple USB Cord
- Apple earbuds
- Sansa Clip+ with Phillips earbuds
From Matt’s Flickr entry:
Here is my lonely go pack all packed up and ready to go. I travel and visit various company manufacturing facilities as Corporate Lean Engineer. Basically, my job is to try to help processes work as efficiently as possible. Much like life hacking or minimalism, it is breaking the work down to its core.
So back to the bag, it has four basic pockets. The biggest which carries the “work” items: laptop, notepads, reference books, etc for work. The middle pocket is for my “personal” items: my books, mags, sometimes a light jacket or hat. I like that I can separate the personal and the work, it is handy. The top outer pocket houses all the chargers, USB memory sticks, cables, MP3 Player, and headphones. The bottom outer pocket handles the laptop charger, pens, mouse, and it is where I stuff all the receipts for the expense reports. Everything is fairly simplimatic.
If you have a great go bag with a useful organization scheme and great features, let us know! You can share your bag by posting it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag featured bag or adding it to our Lifehacker Go Bag Show and Tell Flickr pool. Photos must be at least at least 640×360. Please include information about your bag, what you put in it, and any relevant details about how you made it awesome. If yours catches our eye, we might just feature it!