This is my seventh IPCPR Convention and Trade Show, meaning by now I have a pretty good idea of what I need on me to best cover the show and all the booths.

There are some small but significant changes this year in what I’m carrying, which I think might go against the wisdom I’ve learned over the years of how to do this – but if you don’t adapt and change, then you stagnate, and who wants that? Hopefully, the changes make my coverage slightly more efficient, helping bring you all bigger and better coverage.

As I mentioned in my IPCPR 2017 What’s In My Bag post, I did finally return to the backpack instead of the rolling bag. Everything below is packed away safely in my Wenger Ibex backpack.

  • IPCPR lanyard and badge
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • A Field Notes notebook and a Lamy Safari Neonlime Special Edition pen
  • Vermont Smoke and Cure BBQ Beef Sticks (I said Maui Jim’s – I meant Island Jim. Those pineapple pork sticks a couple years ago were delicious!)
  • Business cards and my XIKAR business card case
  • halfwheel stickers (come and get ‘em!)
  • XIKAR MTX scissors
  • JetLine Opal Flint soft flame lighter
  • Anker USB battery
  • Warped Series I Case filled with a few cigars I will inevitably not get to smoke
  • Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones
  • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 laptop
  • Nikon D500/Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens
  • DJI Osmo+
Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.