The Amazing Contents of Steve Wozniak's Travel Backpack

By Gizmodo on at

Some mornings I open my email and I receive something incredible gift like this: the awesome contents of Steve Wozniak's backpack. What you see above is just his charging setup—there's even more! Here's Woz to explain it himself:

You might think this is abnormal for me but, to the contrary, it's customary.

Every extension cord and USB adapter and USB cable shown here I carry all the time in my backpack with a few exceptions:

- one Belkin AC tripler with dual USB I carry in my suitcase
- one dual USB adapter is from Janet's travel stuff
- Canon battery charger is carried in the camera bag
- firewire HD I carry in my suitcase
- 3G mifi adapter (standard micro USB screws up this mifi, have to use their awkward connecter)

Almost every USB cable is retractable.

Every device shown, I carry in my pockets or in my backpack all the time except:

- 2 iPhones, an iPod nano and an iPad belonging to Janet.

Some people ask how heavy my backpack is. There are a lot more things in my backpack including

- the AirPort Express and MacBook Pro 85W magsafe adapter, which are out of sight in this photo,
- bluetooth mouse,
- binoculars,
- projector connectors,
- multiple Gameboy Lights (a Gameboy sold in Japan but never in the U.S.),
- Gameboy link cables,
- plenty of foreign AC adapters,
- prism glasses for watching movies in bed,
- sunglasses,
- earplugs for concerts,
- Ultimate Ears UE18 earplugs for flights,
- tons of pencils for pencil games on flights,
- tons of pens,
- tons of sharpies,
- tons of paint pens (signing),
- red-blue-purple-yellow-green laser pointers,
- credit cards,
- hotel cards,
- airline cards,
- hard rock card,
- medical cards,
- small accessories like olloclip iPhone lens adapter,
- Square,
- flash keys,
- flash media adapters,
- cigarette lighter dual USB adapter,
- audio doubler cable,
- iPad USB/SD Card adapters,
- toiletries for hotels,
- batteries of many types (AA, AAA, CR2, CR128, odder types for things like my bag beeper for locating my suitcase)
- eyedrops,
- pencil puzzles,
- itineraries for upcoming travel...

I usually say that my backpack weighs 23kg. I'm not sure, but I have to carry it every step through airports. I'm sure that I'm shorter now than before, and I don't walk as fast. Everything has its place in my backpack.

Sometimes airport security takes a long time unpacking it. A couple of times they asked me to take out everything electronic and I asked for seven bins, all of which I filled (only 2 half-size), plus my MacBook Pro, plus the bag. All of that through the X-ray machine. Then repack it.

Nothing in my backpack goes unused, although the bluetooth mouse is close.