This time next week I’ll be at The Mobile Journalism Conference ‘MoJoCon’ in Dublin. The 2015 event was the first and a highlight of my year. This year is again sold out with some big names in the world of networked reporting and filmmaking. It’s a place for mobile story builders to meet the like-minded. To share on and off the record. To hone their workflows.
I’m always fascinated at the tools people choose. The event is always iPhone heavy. You can blame the Appstore for that. The hardcore Android user always finds a way though. Lots to learn from everyone.
There’s plenty of show and tell. Over beers, on the stage, in the corridors. So it seems only right then that I should warm up with a snapshot of what’s currently in my bag on the average day.
I say an ‘average day’ as I have a smaller bag I use if I’m heading out on a social meet, client meeting, or to work up the pub. I also have a bigger bag I have for the longer overseas trip. My kit choice of course fluctuates. At this moment in time the photo above reflects what I will pack if I’m out for a few days. I might be delivering a workshop, amplifying an event or grabbing an interview.
(Starting top left)
Overnight gear, running gear and wash kit in a Tom Bihn packing cube
Macbook Air 11” In a Tom Bihn TSA friendly case
Two Rode SmartLav+’s with SC6 spitter
Bowers and Wilkins C5 wired headphones
Sandisk iExpand A free gift from MojoCon 2015!
Olloclip Studio attachments. Only the useful ones
Joby mini tripod
Selfie stick with generic flexipod base. A reluctant purchase
Redhead wind shield. Chewbacca edition
Rycote windshield with the Rode VideoMic Me
Small led light. Just in case
Bragi Dash A work in progress
Bottle cap camera mount
Harmonica Tells me when I have drunk too much
Azo Equipment Amhara. More info on this below
Klean Kanteen Never buy bottled water again
UE speaker Deceptively loud
Bag of various cables
Mac air power lead
HDMI cable and audio cable extension lead
Twin USB charging plug. Bought in Stockholm airport
Mu usb charging plug
Kindle Paperwhite Very occasionally used on the road
Notebook. Made of paper
Ricoh ThetaS. So much fun
TP-Link Mifi Great for a back up and foreign SIMs
Black Diamond head torch. Be ready for anything
Anker battery My next one will be smaller unless travelling to the wilds
All of this gear fits comfortably in what is easily my favourite every day bag. The 26 litre Azo Equipment Amhara is designed and made in the UK. It’s well made to it’s tiniest detail and has been my daily grab bag since 2015.
I’ll share a more compact set up in my Newsletter. I post there every week. Unlike here which is once in a blue moon. I’m finding it much more fun than blogging. More intimate even. So if you want to plug into my stream of consciousness please subscribe there. [LINK]
Otherwise maybe see you at MojoCon?