A set up article like, well most, it's a "What's in my bag?" I'm going to break down the contents of my gaming bag, where you can pick some of this stuff up, and why it is important to think out and plan a gaming bag.
First, here's an overview picture of the contents that are in my gaming bag. The only thing that isn't pictured here is a little "stack" container that makes up a mini med kit. I pack that the day before a big day/weekend of gaming and don't always have it in the bag.
Now that we have the contents, let's take a look at each component and talk about why it was selected, and virtually pack this bag up. Starting with the bag, it is a Waterfly Sling Bag Crossbody Backpack. Now, I have tried every backpack, bag, case that you could imagine, and let me tell you, this one is PERFECT. It is spacious enough to carry quite a bit, but not big enough for me to over pack and be responsible for way more than I intended. It forces me to think about what I want to bring, but at the same time carry everything quite eloquently. Easy access to all the pockets that my big mitts can get into no problem. I cropped the picture, but it does even have a water bottle pocket on the side. Carries nice on the shoulders and back, and overall an 11/10.
We're going to pack the main compartment now, and inside the main compartment, there is a tablet pocket. Perfect for our digital life pad. Pick your favorite one, the important thing to note about the digital life pad is is saves you paper and lasts pretty much forever. Also in the tablet pocket, we'll toss our microfiber cloth and playmat (folded up, it's old and beat up, not my prized possession by any means). The microfiber cloth is there to clean my phone screen, clean my glasses, and otherwise, just kinda be there for a multitude of things. Everyone should have a playmat, you can put it in a tube and clip it to the outside of the bag if you want.
Still in the main compartment, but now we're in the meat of the bag is our pencil pouch and our decks. Completely extra, I have a Quiver Bolt Case. The bolt does two things for me. The first is it keeps my decks from banging around in the bag and potentially making a mess. The more important reason is to reinforce the philosophy of consciously deciding what it is I want to bring and be able to easily manage it amongst the chaos of a large event. My bolt carries THREE commander decks. Well, technically two commander decks and my Cubelet. Without the Bolt, you'll be able to carry 3-4 decks easily.
The pencil pouch is single handedly the most important piece that should go in everyone's bag if it isn't there already. This one is a Sooez Wide-Opening Pencil Case and I'm in absolute love with it. It holds:
Finishing up the bag, there are two smaller zippered pockets, each having some great hidden pockets for an emergency cash hiding spot or a place to keep your keys. In the front most pocket, a powerbank and cable for my phone that never leaves this bag. I never have to worry about forgetting my cable at an event and then not be able to charge my phone at home, or vice versa. Both the cable and powerbank are from Anker, and they are the best in the business when it comes to this stuff. Holds a great charge and quickly refills my phone.
That's the bag packed up (aside from some snacks that we certainly do not try to sneak into the convention area) for Magic: The Gathering. This is also my game bag if I'm headed over to a buddy's house for board games or video games. It easily holds a couple smaller box games, which is what I'm kinda known for amongst friends, and it carries my Nintendo Switch with ease. I haven't, but I could easily pack the dock and accessories to the Switch in this bag.
Tell me, what do you think? Anything major I'm missing in my bag? What's in your bag? Let me know on Twitter! Pictures of your set up would be awesome to see!