I’m a creature of habit, enjoying familiar things and proven plans that work. This year is my ninth trade show, and looking back over the years, my bag’s contents have not changed much at all. Occasionally I’ll try something new, like a roller bag instead of a backpack, and then find myself going back to my previous setup.

Last show, I had swapped the XIKAR MTX scissors for the newer XIKAR XO, but I found myself going back to the scissors again this year. The profile is so much smaller and doesn’t take up as much room in my pocket. That’s important when you also have a lighter, keys, a pen, business cards, headphones and maybe even a cigar or two in there as well. Besides that, the only real change this year was remembering the all-important snacks I unfortunately forgot last year.

So if you’re keeping track, here’s the list for 2021:

  • PCA Badge
  • Nikon D500/Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens
  • Sennheiser AVX
  • Skullcandy Smokin Buds 2
  • A reporter notebook and a Lamy Safari Neonlime Special Edition pen
  • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 laptop
  • Business cards and my XIKAR business card case
  • Warped Series I Case
  • Elie Bleu J-14 Diamond Jet Flame
  • XIKAR MTX Cigar Multi-Tool
  • Anker USB battery
  • Snacks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Alieve
  • Ziplock bag with Boveda humidity pack
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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.