As a geek, it is important to have all your gadgets ready and at your disposal. First, you need to find the best geek bag for your gadgets. Then, you have to choose which gadgets to put in your geek bag. Deciding what gadgets you need, however, is not always the easiest task. To help you decide what to put in your geeky arsenal, we collected the top 20 things to keep in your geek bag.
The 20 Best Things to Put in Your Geek Bag
Unless you are strictly a Microsoft or Google geek, the Apple AirPods are a must-have for your geek bag. Whether you are gaming, listening to some tunes, talking on the phone, or working on someone’s computer, the AirPods make it extremely convenient by keeping your hands free and your area uncluttered. There is nothing worse than trying to listen to some tunes while fixing a motherboard and your headphone cords keep falling in the way.
The nice thing about the AirPods is they do not take up much space in your geek bag. They also charge in 15 minutes, provide 5 hours of listening time when fully charged and will last for 24 hours when using the charging case. They will also connect seamlessly to your Mac, iPhone or Apple Watch. Add them to your geek bag, you will not be disappointed.
Do you want to leave the security of your important files to chance? No way. With this encrypted USB drive, no longer will you have to worry about anyone else having access to your private information. With its military grade AES-CBC 256-bit hardware encryption, you will never have to worry about anyone hacking into your USB. And let’s face it, no geek should be without a password protected USB drive.
This drive has a zinc alloy shell and is extremely durable. It is compatible with most operating systems including Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome and Android. It comes in both 16 GB and 32 GB formats and is a USB 2.0 device. It uses a lithium polymer battery and does need to be replaced approximately every 6 months. It can be operated in unencrypted mode if you choose for those who are just looking for a heavy duty USB drive.
Fast, small, and surprisingly easy to type on, the iPad Air Pro is undoubtedly a gadget that must always be in your geek bag. Perfect for answering emails, taking notes, and simple day-to-day tasks. With 10 hours of battery life, it is the perfect device to take out for the workday or school on one single charge.
Whether you are traveling geek, working professional, or if you just need an all-in-one gadget that does not weight you down, the Apple iPad Air is the best tablet for your geek bag.
For the geek who always misplaces or forgets things, the Tile Pro is a great choice for items to add to your geek bag. The Tile Pro is a bluetooth tracker that can be attached to your backpack or other personal items, like your car keys, and then those items can be tracked conveniently by using the Tile Pro app and your smartphone.
One of the longest range trackers in the industry, the Tile Pro can detect lost items up to 300 feet away. If items fall outside of that range, Tile Pro has only of the largest lost-and-found communities. If another user is within the range of your lost item it can be tracked via the app.
Another cool feature of the Tile Pro is its two-way tracking. If you lose your phone you can just double-tap the button on the Tile Pro and your phone will ring. You do not even have to have your phone’s volume turned up, it works on silent mode as well.
The Tile Pro has one of the loudest alarms of bluetooth tracking devices with its 128 decibel alarm. It also has a frequency range from 131 Hz to 8000 Hz. If you cannot hear within those ranges there is a proximity sensor that shows how close you are from the tracking device.
The battery will last up to one year and there is a 1 year warranty on the device.
Runner-Up: H+ Lux Bluetooth Tracker
You can not call yourself a geek if you do not own at least one really slick laptop. With its incredibly sleek and sensible design, the Huawei Matebook X Pro is the best laptop to have in your geek bag at all times.
If you are a fan of Apple’s Macbook but looking for a Microsoft laptop instead, this laptop has been deemed “90% of a MacBook Pro for 70% of the price.”
It is also extraordinarily light with a 13.9-inch 3K touchscreen and only 4.4 mm thickness. It is one of the world’s first “FullView” laptops with a remarkable 91% screen-to-body ratio.
It also boasts its Dolby Atmos sound system. With its quad microphones and quad speakers you will never feel like you are using a laptop for communication or entertainment.
Another cool feature is its pop-up webcam. Instead of putting a strip of tape over your webcam, the webcam actually pops out of the keyboard only when you need it.
It is also fast. It powers up in 7.8 seconds. It uses an Intel processor that is 40% faster than the previous model. Huawei is keen to point out its use of a U series CPU, rather than the slower M series.
From its slim, stylish design to its luxurious typing and navigating experience, and its powerhouse performance to its storied battery life (12-15 hours) – the Huawei MateBook X Pro is the best Windows laptop for geeks.
If you are looking for a power pack for your geek bag, your search is over. The Anker PowerCore II 10000 is one of the lightest 10000mAh portable battery packs. Despite its small size, it has power enough to charge a Galaxy up to two times and a standard iPhone three times.
This particular version has 8 LED lights to indicate charging life which is a much-needed improvement over the standard Anker Powercore which only has 4 lights. Although this may not seem like a big deal, it actually comes in handy when you are wondering whether or not you need to recharge your pack.
Not only does this charger look great but it is super fast. You can top off most of your devices in approximately 3-4 hours. Most will find that this charges just as fast as plugging your device into a standard wall outlet to charge.
It is also extremely safe if you are worried about having a battery pack that may cause harm. With 8 different protection systems you can be sure this device will be safe to use.
It also comes with an 18-month warranty so you do not have to worry about your device failing without some sort of insurance policy.
The TP-Link N300 Nano Router is proof that a quality portable router does not have to be expensive. This compact router is 802.11n and backward compatible with 802.11b/g as well. At 300 Mbps it is fast enough for almost any need. Its small size is perfect for your your geek bag or even your pocket.
Use it as a wireless router, range extender, hotspot, access point or even connect it to other devices by its ethernet port (perfect for third-party devices). It is powered by either micro-USB or a standard USB port.
Runner-Up: HooToo Filehub Travel Router
Doubling as both a power pack and a router, the HooToo Filehub is a great alternative to buying both the Anker Powercore II and the TP-Link N300.
The iClever Bluetooth Keyboard, with its compact design and trifold technology, makes it easy to pack in your geek bag without taking up too much space. Plus, it has enough battery capacity that it will last for up to 960 hours in standby. The battery is also rechargeable with its lithium battery that is built into the keyboard itself and takes only 2 hours to charge.
This bluetooth keyboard is extremely durable, made of aircraft grade aluminum. It is also compatible with iOS, Windows and Android systems and has an operating range of over 10 meters. This means you no longer have to use the small built-in keyboard on your iPhone, Windows phone or Android phone.
If you are looking for a super compact, long-lasting wireless bluetooth keyboard, this will more than fit the bill.
Compatible with both laptops and desktops, the PoP Voice Clip-On Microphone is great for your geek bag as well as at-home use. Whether you are taking calls or video conferencing, its professional grade microphone will provide the highest quality.
Plus, you will enjoy maximum freedom of movement thanks to its extra-long 6.5 foot cable. Although it is extremely inexpensive, it delivers clear speech and performs just as well (if not better than) many higher priced microphones.
When weighing all the factors to consider when buying an external hard drive (quality, cost, reliability, durability, etc.), nothing really comes close to the Western Digital Elements Portable HD. It is not too expensive, it is lightweight, holds 1-4 TB of data and delivers fast, reliable data transfers either with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.
One of the best features is that you do not have to power it, just plug it right into your USB port and you are good to go. Works well with Mac too, however, you will have to reformat the drive as the current file system is NTFS. A great addition for your geek bag and a purchase you will not regret making.
This hard drive is by me personally (The Tech Geek) and I can attest to its quality and reliability.
The iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit is not just your average toolkit. It has stainless steel and CNC machined parts, all boxed into a compact and tough metal case. Perfect for the DIYer or the professional.
This computer tool kit includes:
- 64 Bit Driver Kit
- Anti-Static Wrist Strap
- Small Suction Cup
- iFixit Opening Tool (3x)
- iFixit Opening Picks (6x)
- Nylon Tipped Reverse Tweezers
- Angled ESD Tweezers
- Blunt ESD Tweezers
- Halberd Spudger
- Metal Spudger
- Magnetic Pad
- Tool Roll
The parts included are also great if you are looking for tools to fix a vintage Nintendo gaming system to tools for fixing an Apple Watch. There are also tools for fixing Apple Mac Mini, MacBook cases, MacBook batteries, Apple trackpad, HP printers, Playstation, HP and Compaq computers, HP, Compaq and Lenovo hardware, Sega, Playstation and Xbox consoles.
This tool kit even includes a step-by-step repair and installation guide. Not only that, but you will be connected to the iFixIt community, a group of repair pros from all around the world.
Without this essential tool kit, your geek bag would not be complete.
The Cobiz LED Headlamp is one of the top rated headlights in the world. A perfect companion to go along with the iFixIt toolkit, this LED headlamp is 6000 lumens and USB rechargeable. It is also a waterproof headlamp with a waterproof switch, in case you ever accidentally spill anything on it.
This headlamp has 4 modes: low, medium, high and strobe (for emergencies). It even has side lights to help with peripheral vision or you can focus by using just the front beams, perfect for working on motherboards or other hardware components with small parts. You can even rotate the light 90 degrees if needed. It also has a zoom feature both for zooming in and out.
This headlight lasts for 7-8 hours on a single charge and comes with two 18650 rechargeable lithium ion batteries. A great item for the geek bag of a working professional or a geek who enjoys bit of tinkering at night.
13. Nintendo Switch
Let’s face it, all work and no play will make anyone, even the most focused geeks, crazy on a long enough timeline. The Nintendo Switch is the perfect antidote.
It is arguably the best portable gaming device, perfect for both solo gaming as well as co-op gaming. It boasts some of the best games and has one of the best online stores of any gaming system. Some of its indie games are my personal favorites. You can also play many of your favorite classic NES and SNES games.
It’s also small and lightweight so it fits nicely inside your geek bag without adding too much additional weight. Don’t hesitate to jump onto the Switch bandwagon if you have not already, you will not regret it.
There is nothing that quite satisfies the geek appetite like a classic retro computer game. With The Oregon Trail Handheld Game you can take now take this computer classic with you anywhere.
With full color and the original graphics from the 80s, this game is not some silly remake, it’s just like the original. It is also pretty cool that it looks exactly like an old computer. Even the buttons themselves give you that old computer feel.
Ford the river and try not to die of dysentery with this classic geek game in your geek bag.
The Oculus Go VR Headset improves on the VR in one big way, you do not need a PC to use it. All you have to do is download the Oculus App and you are ready to experience games, apps, movies, etc. on your VR headset.
Although good for the gaming geek, this VR headset is better for the movie geek. It’s also a great item for your geek bag as an option for entertainment on the go. It is not often that you get to experience the movie theater on the bus, but this device allows that experience.
You can also connect this virtual reality headset to Netflix, Hulu, Plex, Showtime and others. It does not easily connect to Amazon Prime, however, you can side load Amazon Prime onto it if that is a dealbreaker for you. One major con is the battery life is not ideal (2-2.5 hours) but it seems there are also hacks to extend the Oculus Go battery life.
No question about it, the Mini Jambox by Jawbone is one of the absolute best portable bluetooth speakers on the market. Made of solid aluminum and small enough to fit into your pocket, the Jambox is a powerhouse of sound. It also only weighs in at only 9 ounces, so it is a breeze to transport.
Easily connect your computer or gaming system to this portable bluetooth speaker. You can even bring two along and bridge them together for twice the sound. It is also great for calls with its built-in microphone.
Lasts up to 10 hours of continuous play on one charge. Download the app so you can update the Jambox for free.
Need a safe and non-toxic screen cleaning kit for your smartphone or even your eyeglasses? The Whoosh! Screen Cleaning Kit is the perfect choice. Not only is it non-toxic, but it is also odorless. It does not include alcohol or ammonia either, so it is safe for your device.
This screen cleaning kit comes with a 1 oz. bottle of cleaner and a 6″ x 6″ microfiber cleaning cloth. The cleaner itself is scientifically proven to remove 99.99% of dust, dirt, oil and other grime that may be clouding up your screen. It also does its superior cleaning without leaving any streaks or smudges.
Slip this screen cleaning kit into your geek bag and do not look back. It is the best screen cleaning kit available, hands down.
PopSockets Phone Grip is a life changer. Once you have tried one, you will fall in love with it.
The collapsible grip — which also acts as a phone stand — allows you to text with one hand, snap photos easily and grip your phone better. It is also compatible with nearly every device. However, it may not adhere well to waterproof or silicone materials.
This small grip can be easily tossed into your geek bag or just remain attached to your phone, whatever you decide.
Runner-Up: LoveHandle (LH-01)
This Repel Windproof Umbrella is a must for your geek bag. Never fear the rain when you are out with all your important gear and electronic.
The Repel Windproof Umbrella is automatic, compact, light, and sturdy. Its nine-rib aluminum fortified resin fiberglass can flex and withstand strong wind and rain without turning inside out.
This umbrella features an ergonomic, rubberized and slip-proof handle along with a wrist strap. There is also a no-questions-asked and no return required lifetime guarantee on this umbrella, so you can be sure you are getting a quality product for life.
With a protective travel sleeve, it will slip into your geek bag easily and stay protected at all times.
All practicality aside, the DJI Mavic Quadcopter is one of the coolest items to keep with you in your geek bag. With its 3D foldable design, the Mavic Air is extremely portable for a drone. When folded it is also as tall and wide as a smartphone, making it one of the least bulky drones on the market. The remote control also folds up for easy storage.
The Mavic Air is able to capture video in stunning 4K at 30 fps, recording at 100 Mbps. It also supports recording up to 1080p in 120 fps slow-motion video. It has 7 cameras in total that are housed with magnesium alloy brackets and the main camera is recessed for added protection and durability. It can also take HDR photos in both light and dark conditions.
It is equipped with GPS and can be found easily if “lost.” It has 8 GB of internal storage but its storage is expandable with its micro SD card slot. Its max flight time is 21 minutes, not bad for an ultraportable drone.
Grab this for your geek bag and have it at the ready when working outside at the park or on your next vacation.
Best Things for Your Geek Bag: Summary
While you may not have every item for the next zombie apocalypse, your geek bag is sure to be equipped with nearly everything you need for both work and play with these all of these great gadgets and accessories. Do not be without all the essentials when you need them the most. Remember, fortune favors the prepared geek.