What’s In My Bag — Bellroy Mobile Office and EDC

Free to wander, free to roam; free to move around my home!

Ellane W

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Two bags and their contents are spread in a grid formation on a multi-shade grey laminate floor. There’s an aqua drink bottle, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, various cables, notebooks, and personal items. The full list can be found in the article itself.
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Several years ago I untethered myself from the standard desk and chair setup I’d been using to run my business for nearly three decades. Best choice ever! Almost as life changing as switching to the northern European tradition of using separate covers for both occupants of a double bed.

Now that I’m free to flit from room to verandah to library to beach, a compact mobile office is a necessity. I need a Mothership: a bag to hold my MacBook Pro 16 inch, iPad Pro 12.9 inch, battery backup, charging cables, drink bottle, glasses, and other bits and pieces. I also need an Explorer Pod: a smaller bag for every day carry (EDC) essentials that fits inside the Mothership.

Goodbye heavy backpacks, wicker baskets, and plastic crates — the Bellroy Tokyo Totepack is here! Mine is the larger size, in (now discontinued, but totally awesome) charcoal. It’s a strong and practical Mothership, and I’m very pleased with the way it keeps things both organised and easy to get at.

My last EDC was a Saddleback Leather EDC Satchel, but I quickly found that it couldn’t hold all the things I wanted always with me. And while it’s pretty, it’s also significantly heavy for what it can’t hold. I’ve replaced it with the Bellroy City Pouch Plus, in (now discontinued) khaki.

Now for a close up look at what’s inside these two bags. I like to be prepared for (almost) any occasion, and it shows!

I’ve included links where I think they’ll be useful — none are affiliate. This is just me nerding out about the stuff I use, without any kind of kickback from anyone.

Subset of items from the first photo of the article, including the aqua drink bottle, iPad Pro, MacBook pro, notebook, and cables. Full list of items below.
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Tokyo Totepack

Grey outline with orange numbers, showing the position of each item in the above photo. See full list below.
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This bag has some clever inside and outside pockets that I really like. Another feature of note are the backpack straps, which are adjustable without any loose straps getting in the way. The…

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Ellane W

Designer and educational publisher for 30 years+. Plain-text advocate. Still using paper, but less of it. https://linktr.ee/miscellaneplans