What’s in Rene’s March Event 2019 gear bag?

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Apple’s March Event kicks off at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. To cover it, I’m going to need an assortment of computational and photographic devices: Laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, and accessories. So. Many. Accessories. The specifics of the gear I take with me has grown, shrunk, and changed over the years. I used to lug a DSLR and several big hunks of glass with me as I went. Now I increasingly go iPhone-only. But, since starting my YouTube channel, I’ve started using bigger cameras again. Hmmmm. So, what’s in my go-to go-bag this time?

Pack it up

Tumi Alpha Bravo Shephard Backpack

Kevin Michaluk recommended this bag to me and I love almost everything about it. It’s stylish and small, but holds a ton of gear.

$399 at Amazon

Carry-On companion

Travelpro Platinum Magna 2

I travel light and try to stick to carry-on. A lot of suitcase recommendations I’ve gotten have been too big for the airlines I fly. Travelpro has been perfect. I just wish it didn’t have the front section so I could have full depth in the main compartment.

$160 at Amazon

Work machine

15-inch MacBook Pro

I’d been using a 13-inch MacBook Pro for years but since I’ve been editing the VECTOR YouTube show, 15-inches has just been easier. I may go back, since this is a lot of laptop to carry, but it’s just so fast…

From $2179 at Amazon

Productivity extra

12.9-inch iPad Pro

Since the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is so lightweight, it’s easy to make the decision to pack the largest iPad Pro of them all. With the extra video editing that I do now, a big screen is a must-have.

From $1070 at Amazon

Clickity Clack

Smart Keyboard Folio

I know my colleagues have been wooed by Logitech but I already have a MacBook Pro with me so this is more about sleekness than clickity-clack-ness for me.

$199 at Amazon

Sketch fest

Apple Pencil (2nd gen)

For sketching on iPad Pro on the go. Maybe I’ll diagram more this year? Also bringing with me: Apple Pen. Picked this up at the Infinite Loop Apple Store. Sadly, customs forms still require ink.

$129 at Amazon

Pocket computer

iPhone XS

The closest thing yet to a hand computer. I can run almost everything from this, and for the iPhone Event, I’ll need to. Also: Thanks to the 2x zoom and Portrait Mode, I can even take real product shots now. Swoon.

From $999 at Amazon

Notify me

Apple Watch Series 4

It’s gotten to the point where, if I’m not wearing my Watch, I notice it almost immediately.

From $415 at Amazon

Listening in

AirPods

I’ve been using them since they were first announced and, while I can’t use them on the in-flight entertainment system, I can, and do, use them for everything else.

From $159 at Amazon

Catch ’em all

Pokémon Go Plus

I won’t have time to play, but I may have time to click. So, I’m taking the PoGo Plus with me so I can keep racking up the XP while I’m gone.

$44 at Amazon

Extra large juice

mophie powerstation XXL

Tons of juice, and both USB-A and USB-C so I can charge everything. Because nothing shreds battery life like roaming.

$149 at Amazon

More storage

Samsung X5 portable SSD

Because video takes up so much space…

$998 at Amazon

Hub central

Bourge Design Arc Hub

How I handle dongle life. It may look like something Tony Stark wears in his chest plate, but with 2x USB A, 2x USB C, and an SDHC card slot, it handles pretty much everything I throw at it — in style.

$150 at Bourge Design

For the Vector YouTube show

Panasonic Limix GH5

$1998 at Amazon

What I shoot on every day.

Panasonic Lumix G LEICA DG SUMMILUX LENS, 15MM, F1.7 ASPH

$598 at Amazon

The lens I use for vlogging on the go.

Olympus M Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm

$999 at Amazon

The lens I shoot the show on every day, and the lens I’ll be shooting the event with.

JOBY GorillaPod 5K

$119 at Amazon

Works as a handle for vlogging and a tripod for hotel room hosting.

Rode VideoMic Pro+

$259 at Amazon

For getting high-quality sound, even when surrounded by too much background noise.

You can follow my travels @reneritchie on Twitter or @reneritchie on Instagram. You can also see everything I’m currently using — for travel, at home, and in the office — at Kit.com.