This is my first big tech event, and from what I understand it’s an all out circus; a Running of the Bulls combined with a night club/theme park atmosphere. Needless to say, I have mixed feelings about what I’m getting myself into. But I digress.

Herschel Pop Quiz BackpackI’m of the camp that believes there’s no such thing as being too prepared. So I have a looooooot of stuff (most of it not pictured). Essentials, medicine, hand sanitizer, etc., etc., etc., and so on. But what about my tech? These are the things that will (hopefully) get me through CES in one piece.

When all is said and done, my backpack is probably the most essential piece of my CES gear (for obvious reasons). It’s got plenty of internal space for little nick knacks, and has a nice sleeve for a laptop. But, crucially, it’s really comfortable after extended periods. My back will thank me after a long and tireless week of walking the show floor.

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Sony NEX-F3

While I definitely prefer TechnoBuffalo’s Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Son’y NEX-F3 is an excellent alternative because of its size. I’ll be shooting products like crazy, but mainly focus on capturing what it’s actually like on the show floor. The NEX-F3 should help me accomplish that without much fuss.

Communication and Entertainment: iPhone 5, Nexus 4, iPad (3rd gen), and iPod nano

Staying in touch with the Herd is not going to be easy, especially with so much stuff going on at once. I use the iPhone 5 as my daily driver, but have recently started using the Nexus 4 as a backup because it lets me see TechnoBuffalo’s calendar at a glance, and I can easily stay in touch through Google Talk. I’m actually not a heavy tablet user, but there might be a situation where I’ll need an iPad, who knows? “Expect the unexpected.” Also, because we’re driving out there, the iPod nano will be a crucial companion.

Macbook Air 11-inch (Late 2010)

For me, the Macbook Air is best in class. I don’t need insane specs, just something that’s portable and, above all, reliable. I haven’t had a single problem with this little guy (knock on wood), and I know it’ll do me proud at CES. I’ll definitely miss working on an external monitor at work, but the 11-inch screen should be no problem. Plus, with all the other stuff I’ll be lugging around, it’s nice that the Air hardly adds any weight at all.

Essentials: Headphones, Moleskine, and Business Cards

I’m with everyone else: Nothing beats the old school way of taking notes on pen and paper. If I’m listening to a demonstration, and my computer isn’t accessible, the Moleskine might be a life saver. And for doodles. Mmm doodles. There are so many other essentials I’m hoping to cram into my bag, such as cleaning cloths (have to make those gadgets look pretty!), energy bars, water, more water, extra batteries, cables, external hard drives, and the like.

See? Better to over prepare. It beats the alternative, and makes life muuuuuch, much easier. Organization is key.