What’s in the bag? – Architect

Architects and designers have specific needs that a messenger bag can fill. The bags need to be versatile enough to hold all of the design tools, business documents and electronics, while being durable enough to last on a dirty, dingy construction site. Today we unbag one architect’s messenger bag to see how they utilize it.

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  1. Messenger Bag. This is a canvas bag that has taken abuse over many years. Originally a leather bag was used, but it didn’t hold up to the punishment of the job site. This Dickies Messenger Bag doesn’t have a lot of features, but is plenty durable and not expensive.
  2. Laptop. Apple MacBook 13″. Fits easily into the bag along with the plug and mouse. A must have for any designer.
  3. Water Bottle. Metal water bottle connected to bag strap via clip.
  4. Pocket Knife. You never know when you might need it.
  5. Portable External Hard Drive. Self-powered and just large enough for a backup
  6. Papers and sketches. A lot of the work isn’t just computer and designing. Contracts, forms, and business documents mixed in with folded sketches.
  7. Sketchbook. You never know when ideas will strike. A sketchbook with easy access is a must.
  8. Iphone. Most of my work day is consumed by this one item.
  9. Architectural Scales, pens/pencils. For accurate sketching and drawing.
  10. Sketch/Trace Paper. For sketches in the field.
Main compartment with two side pockets.
Main compartment with two side pockets.
Water bottle clipped onto additional strap.
Water bottle clipped onto additional strap.
Side pockets for phone, scale and sketch paper.
Side pockets for phone, scale and sketch paper.
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Everything in it’s place.