No, it wasn’t Atkins. Nor was it the grapefruit diet, cabbage diet or the South Beach diet. Nope, it was the gear diet! My gear bag has been feeling a little bloated lately, so it was high time to go through all the ‘stuff’ that I carry around with me every day and see what things I could ditch and which things I needed to keep.
The first activity that any prospective dieter should do is to weigh in. So here we go… My Waterfield Sling bag with all my gear inside weighed in at 7 lbs 7 oz.
Here’s a view of everything that I carry in the bag. You’ll notice several pouches, which hold more gear. These pouches are from Waterfield and are very handy for organizing all the little doodads and thingamajigs that we all seem to accumulate.
Here’s an exploded view of all the items…
Orbit and Trident gum
Carmex lip balm
iPhone with included earbuds
with stock iPod earbuds
Brando retractable USB iPod charger
iPod FM radio
3.5mm to Treo sized Stereo headphone adapter
Bang & Olufsen earbuds
Extra mini USB cable
USB extension cable
AMD branded mini 4 port USB hub
Plastic pill case
Huntlight FT-A2 flashlight
8 different USB flash drives
Vaja SD card holder
2 extra SD cards in plastic cases
Socket SD WiFi card
Compact Flash to PC Card adapter
EagleTec SD card to Compact Flash adapter
Semson’s 4 in 1 CF adapter
CF to USB adapter
IO Data 4 in 1 PC card adapter
Brando 55 in 1 USB card reader
Hard shell sunglasses case
Fuji FinePix F30 digital camera
Stack of colored 3×5 index cards held together with a binder clip
Theraaflu and Triaminic cold sample strips
Ziploc baggie with Splenda packets
Wow, a lot of stuff… and a lot of it I haven’t needed to use in over a year or
more. Time to start the gear diet!
Items that I decided to ditch and my reasons why
I relocated the Brando retractable iPod charger to a drawer at work since that’s
the only place where I ever use it.
Got rid of all but 6 USB flash drives – Who needs 8 different flash drives
Got rid of the FinePix F30 digital camera because I’ve never needed to use it in
all the time that I’ve been carrying it around. I also don’t charge it
regularly, so if I did need to use it, it would probably be dead anyway. I still have the iPhone if I need to take a
Ditched the B&O earbuds which I never seem to use anymore – I use the stock
iPhone buds because I like the inline pause button on the cord.
Ditched the Socket SD WiFi card because I don’t have any devices that can use it.
Ditched iPod FM radio
Ditched iPod shuffle and stock earbuds
Ditched IO Data 4 in 1 PC Card adapter, Semson’s 4 in 1 CF Card adapter, CF to PC Card adapter and EagleTec
SD to CF card adapter – I haven’t had the need to use any of these in eons. I
have the Brando 55 in 1 card reader to use instead.
Ditched one of the mini USB cables since I already have one with the Brando card reader.
Ditched the Miquelrius notebook in favor of the 3×5 cards – Even though I like
the Miquelrius notebooks better than the ever popular Moleskins as they are less
expensive, have more pages and have soft covers. I have decided to go with the
3×5 cards instead. I used the notebook to keep notes and ideas about The
Gadgeteer. Using 3×5 cards is more convenient because I can just throw a card
away after the ideas / tasks are complete.
Downsized from 4 packs of gum to 2.
Ditched the hand lotion – Never used it anyway.
Relocated the umbrella to a drawer at work and keep a 2nd one in my car. That way I won’t have to carry one in my gear bag all the time.
Items that I decided to keep and my reasons why
Kept the Treo and iPhone – The Treo 680 is my current everyday phone and I use
the iPhone as my iPod.
Kept the 4gb Buffalo USB drive and one other 256mb USB drive that I don’t mind
giving away. This way I can copy a file for someone and just give them the
Kept the AMD branded 4 port mini hub.
Kept the Inka Pen.
Kept the Huntlight flashlight.
Kept Vaja SD card holder.
Kept CF to USB card adapter.
Kept USB extension cable.
Kept Brando 52 in 1 USB card reader.
Kept the checkbook.
Kept the pill case.
Kept the sunglasses case – I really need to find a smaller case as I use it to
store magnetic sun clips. Not full-size glasses.
Kept Carmex lip balm, eye drops, comb, moist towelette and Splenda.
Kept the Waterfield Wallet.
Kept the car keys.
Everything is now organized into two Waterfield pouches instead of four. Non
tech items (pill case, comb, etc.) goes in the smaller pouch, and the tech items
are stored in the larger pouch.
Now it’s time to weigh in again! In 30 minutes, my gear bag went
from 7lbs 7oz down to a svelte 2lbs 10oz. That’s the easiest and quickest 5lbs
I’ve ever shed in my life! ;o)
How often do you put your gear bag on a diet?