Here’s what you see in the picture, roughly running clockwise from the top-left:
- Apple iBook laptop: I’ll use this for blogging, photo processing, email, IM and what have you. It’s got a brand new battery (after the second battery failed: here’s the whole sordid tale)
- Print out of various hotel and airline reservations.
- One shirt (in fact it’s this shirt!), one pair of socks, one pair of Gap-brand boxers.
- One package of Shoppers Drug Mart-brand tissues (I can never find a tissue in Boston when I need one).
- Pair of Shure e2c earphones.
- A four-foot Ethernet cable.
- USB cable to connect my Canon PowerShot S100 to the iBook.
- My U.S. Passport.
- Battery charger for the Canon S100.
- The Canon S100 itself, with neoprene case.
- A cheap $19 USB key drive with copies of various stuff backed up in case my laptop implodes.
- My “You’ve Got Credentials” letter from the DNC — required to pick up my credentials tomorrow morning.
- Braun shaver, in a Ziploc bag.
- Toothbrush and comb (hair brush takes up too much room).
- A six-foot run of telephone cord with RJ-11s at each end, in case I need to use the modem or send a fax from somewhere.
- Battery charger for the new Canon S1 IS camera (I took the picture with it, which is why it’s not in the picture).
- Nokia 3285 cell phone, with charger.
- My wallet.
- The July 12 and 19 double issue of The New Yorker magazine.
- My OS X Panther CDs, in case I need to give my laptop digital CPR at some point.
Not in the picture are the new camera, a trial-size tube of Toms of Maine toothepaste, a small tin of Altoids, and the charger for the iBook.
All of this fits nicely inside my Targus laptop bag. It’s not feather-light, but it’s manageable, which is important because I won’t actually be checking in to my hotel until late tomorrow night, so all of the above is on my back while I’m blogging around the Fleet Center tomorrow.