Everything on this page fits into this backpack! Purchased second-hand for only $50.
+ MagSafe Charger and Zippered Case
After nearly 10 years of using the MBP I purchased for college, I was finally ready for an upgrade this past Black Friday. Total cost was only $1800. It has a 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, and a 2.9GHz Intel i7 Quad-Core Processor. I know most travelers have 13" screens, but because my work is so visual, I needed a slightly larger view.
+ Charger(s) and Phone Case
I mean, it's kind of obvious why this is an essential.
+ Fabric Case
What a lifesaver. This extremely portable, yet super strong stand has enabled me to turn any desk or table in the world into an ergonomic dream. I am beginning to see it all over the place at coworking hubs, coffee shops, and libraries. It may seem steep for a laptop stand to be priced at $75, but please trust me, it's so well built, it's very worth it.
+ Hard Case
When your laptop is up on the Roost stand, you don't want to be reaching up to type on it! So I keep this little guy on the ground level of the desk/table I'm at, and it's a great sollution. It has many bonuses! First of all, it has a "delete" button, which I really appreciate when typesetting. Also, 2016 Macbook Pros have a horrible problem with keyboard keys sticking, and the keyboard in general is annoyingly loud. This keyboard has nice, quiet, pleasant bounceback, and products by Anker are very clearly built to last.
+ Batteries (rarely)
This mouse is good, but nothing exceptional. I mean, it's wireless, and it clicks. The battery lasts forever. It's a little loud, I'd prefer a softer clicking sound. Maybe one day I'll upgrade to some fancy mouse, but I don't have a need for that at the moment.
This mat makes it a lot more comfortable to place your stand, keyboard, and mouse in the right place. I like it because it doubles as a coaster so I don't leave rings on wooden surfaces.
+ Small Zippered Case
Yes, I still use wired earbuds! I just hate it when wireless ones die in the middle of a great song or podcast! That's so annoying to me that I stick to wired ones for now. I do have one other pair of headphones that are compatible with my iPhone XS. A bluetooth set would eliminate the need for two, so again, this might be a "someday I'll splurge on the best of the best" thing.
Here's my setup at a coworking space in Santa Monica, CA. Supportive thumbs-up scultpure not mine (I wish), and phone not pictured, since that's how I took the pic, of course!