What’s in My Backpack? – College Info Geek

What’s in My Backpack? – College Info Geek

December 3, 2019 100 By Kody Olson


Some of you guys have
asked me to do a video about the stuff
that’s in my backpack. And my answer to
that is, “Okay.” (percussion music) So let’s talk about
the bag first, before I get into
what’s inside of it. This is the Minaal Carry-On. I actually backed it on
Kickstarter a little while ago. And for traveling the
world and going places, I think this is a fantastic bag. I’m able to fit
everything that I need to carry with me inside of it. It opens up in a clamshell
fashion, I absolutely love it. That being said, now it
retails for around 300 bucks, and for daily campus use,
it’s probably overkill. For comparison, this is the bag that I used for most of college. It’s the Synergy, I think
it’s called, from Swiss Gear. I got it from Best Buy
for about 60 bucks, and it’s a quality backpack. It hasn’t fallen
apart in six years, and I think that’s a thing
that you should keep in mind when you’re buying a backpack. But also it’s not overkill, it doesn’t cost
hundreds of dollars, and it has enough pockets
to hold all your stuff. All right, let’s
dig into this thing. First up is my MacBook Air. This is probably the
thing in my backpack I use the most because
I’m always writing and going to coffee shops
and working on stuff. I love the Air, absolutely
amazing computer. If you’re looking for
a Windows computer that’s very comparable, the Dell XPS 13 is
an awesome option. Beyond that, I am
not a laptop expert, but I can link to some
laptop recommendations in the blog post for this video. Also got an iPad Mini. This is the first edition,
so no retina screen, but I mainly just use
this for reading books. It’s an upgrade from my Kindle and I always keep it in the bag. I also usually have a print book because I like books, I guess. And right now I’m reading a
book called “Think Smart”. It’s “A Neuroscientist’s
Prescription for “Improving Your
Brain’s Performance”. I’m hoping to learn some
cool stuff from this book that I can build
into new videos. So keep an eye out
for that kinda stuff. Also got a couple
of paper notebooks. This is my main
one, nothing fancy. It’s an Environotes
Recycled Paper Notebook, I think it costs about 65 cents. But if you watch my video on
my task organization system, you’ll know that a lot
of what I do is on paper. And this thing is my catch-all. When I’m taking notes
from an online course, they all go in here. When I’m doing my daily
or weekly task lists, they go in here. Or when I’m creating
B-roll lists for the graphics and animations I wanna put in my
videos, they go in here. Everything’s in here,
it’s not very organized. It’s probably not the best
way to organize your notes if you’re a student and
have lots of classes, but it works for me. I’ve also got a cheap
sketchbook in here for when I wanna create drawings or illustrations for my videos. And if you’ve seen my video
on how to ace your finals, you probably remember
this drawing. So keeping it in my bag
at all times is a good way for me to be able to draw
things when I get inspiration, if I don’t happen to
be here by my desk. Lastly, I’ve got a
single purple folder. It’s my catch-all for things
like airline ticket stubs and anything else that
needs to be put in a folder, that’s made of paper. If you’re a student and
you have a lot of classes, I actually recommend those
accordion binder-devices with the flap that
can snap shut. It works better than a trapper, it works better than
stuffing lots of folders into your backpack. But these days, I
don’t really have a whole lot of papers
that I need to keep, so one folder carries
them all pretty well. Moving on to the small stuff. I’ve got a Logitech
presentation remote, because occasionally
I go speak at schools. Adapters for the MacBook,
I’ve got the VGA one for the same reason I’ve
got the presentation remote, to hook up to projectors when
I wanna do a presentation. And also the Ethernet one,
just in case there’s no WiFi, but there is for some
reason, an Ethernet cord. Business cards, I
always recommend having at least a few of
these in your backpack, just in case you meet somebody and you wanna leave them
your contact information and also leave a
good impression. And if you wanna get them,
I recommend using MOO. I’ve been using them since
I was a college student and they make really
good, high-quality cards. Pens and pencils,
not that interesting. I don’t use anything crazy,
I just use what works. But I will say that I do keep two pens in my
backpack at all times just in case I’m out somewhere and someone needs
to borrow a pen, I can be the cool person
that lends one out. And actually, at VidCon, I made
a new friend by doing this. So, thumbs up for friendship? Umbrella, this is actually
a really cool thing to keep in your backpack. I always have one on-hand
because you don’t know when you’re gonna get
caught in a rainstorm. And this has come
in handy for me more times than I can count. So this thing is
staying in my bag. And it makes for kind of
a cool backdrop too, hmm. A really thin
hoodie to deal with crazy air conditioning
in coffee shops. Laptop charger, because
I don’t like sadness. iPhone charging cable
because, same reason. Mico USB and Mini USB cords. I used to have legit
reasons for keeping these, camera and Pocket WiFi, I think, but now I just keep them in here because people
with Android phones always forget their
phone chargers, and then they’re very happy
when I happen to have one. USB Battery, I actually
picked this up in Japan, came really in handy
when I was out all day, my phone would tend to die. I don’t use it too much
here, in the States, when I’m just going
about my business, but it keeps a spot
in the backpack because it can come in handy. And of course, headphones. And lastly, a canteen
for tea and water because this thing doesn’t
do so well in a backpack. Now that’s generally what I keep in my backpack on a
daily basis, today. But since I’m not
a student anymore and there are other things
I used to keep in the bag, I wanted to show you
a few other items you might find useful. First up is actually
a plug strip. I don’t keep this in my
bag on a daily basis, but whenever I travel, I
do make sure to keep it along with this little two-prong
to three-prong converter. This basically makes it so
that even if all the outlets are taken in a coffee shop
or an airport or a hostel, I can make more outlets and
that’s always a good thing. When I lived on campus, I always
kept a skate tool in my bag because my main way of
getting around campus was a skateboard. Book flags, these come in
handy for marking your place in books that you
don’t wanna highlight. I always kept my
clicker in my bag because I had classes
that required it. Now if you go to a school
that requires this thing, yes, you should keep it
in your bag all the time, but I think that schools
are actually starting to move to smartphone
clicker apps, which would be pretty cool. But either way, this
thing always had a spot in my bag, as
much as I don’t like it. A Pick Four notebook. Now this is actually a pretty
cool goal-tracking device. Basically, it has you commit
to doing daily practice on four different goals
for a six-week period, and every single
day you write down your progress on
each of your goals. I’ve used several of
these in the past, and they’ve helped me
make progress on goals like learning Japanese,
building my own iPhone app, and lots of other things. And lastly, my trusty graphing
calculator for math classes. So that ends this
tour of my backpack. Hopefully you enjoyed
it, and if you did, you can leave a like to
support this channel. Now, I actually
wanna know what kinda cool stuff you keep
in your backpack. So let me know down
in the comments below. That’s all I got, so
thanks so much for watching and I will see you next week. (upbeat music) Hey there, guys, thanks
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