Welcome to what might—for a number of reasons—be the last of these What’s In My Bag features at halfwheel. Like seemingly every other member of our staff, my bag is lighter than it’s ever been. I carry what I need, I try not to carry what I don’t. And this year has required even fewer tools to get trade show coverage completed.

Here’s what’s in my bag, I’ve noted the new items with italics:

  • Tumi Tahoe Dale — I’ve had this bag for five years and just noticed that there’s a small hole. It remains my everyday backpack meaning it’s been to more than a dozen countries and also thousands of trips to the office.
  • Think Tank Cable Management 10 V 2.0 — A lot of what is typically stored inside here (dongles, Anker Lightning charging cables, etc.) is on my desk at the booth, but I still try to keep some essential back-ups.
  • Sony A7RIV + Sony 16-35 ƒ/2.8 — While the lens is the same, we upgraded from A7RIIIs to A7RIVs last January. Everything is a little bit better than the RIII, perhaps most notably the ergonomics.
  • Sennheiser AVX — Every year I’m impressed with how well these microphones work.
  • Peak Design Tripod — I’m using the carbon fiber version and I like it better than the monopod not because of the marginal weight difference, but because it folds up to a lot more compact size.
  • Moleskine Reporter Notebook — I’ve yet to use this, instead of taking the rare note on my iPhone.
  • Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Lined Red — This hasn’t been used either, though maybe that changes tomorrow.
  • Pilot Envelope Address Writing Gel Ink Pen — Since COVID-19 I haven’t found a single place with these in stock—let me know if you know who has them in the comments—and as such I’m rationing my last full box.
  • Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 — This means this pen gets used a lot more. As always, in the 1mm size.
  • JetLine Lighters — Various JetLine lighters, though I’m not sure it’s the exact models that we used in 2019.
  • Kershaw Launch #4 — Another year, another knife. This is much smaller but fits my needs just as well as the Launch #1 it replaced. Mine is a bit of a personalized version with a mixture of blade and body options along with an aftermarket purple clip.
  • Sony WF-1000MX4 — These have replaced my Airpod Pros if I don’t need to make phone calls, though my Sony WH-1000MX3s still remain on my desk in the bunker.
  • Rimowa Travel Humidor — This made it one day and then was left in my room.
  • Facemask — I’m not 100 percent convinced COVID-19 is 100 percent done, so I keep a mask on hand though I’ve only used it in the Uber/Lyft rides.
  • Business Cards
  • Bottled Water — When I bought water at a local Target last week the only 1L bottles were Evian and Essentia. Brooks took the Essentia, so I’ve been using the Evian 1L bottles.
Drew Estate is the sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.