It's Official!

It's Official!

Once I started to realize how much I was going to want my iPad with me, I knew I couldn’t just stuff it into any old back pack. I needed a lesser bag, to demonstrate how little I needed to carry. I wanted something that felt casual. Something I could throw over a shoulder and be off with. Something that spoke to the sense of unencumberedness that I get from the iPad itself. I wanted a fanny pack.

After searching around for a while, I settled on the Melrose Chest Utility Bag in black. It had the primary advantage of actually being large enough to accommodate the iPad (I have the 11”). I didn’t like the 4 strap chest strap so I repurposed a spare belt I had and wear it either around my waist or (more often) over a single shoulder. It’s the perfect size for my iPad with folio keyboard, charger, headphones, and an assortment of pencils. I can usually squeeze a cookie and a puffy jacket in as well so I can be out all day with it.

Of course, now that I’m writing this post I can see that there’s a tri-strap model that would probably have been more comfortable for me, as well as lots of other colors I could have checked out. Should have checked the website out before I purchased, but oh well, the tri-strap isn’t large enough anyways. This bag is super comfortable to wear on my skateboard and holds everything I need so it’s still a win.

A long time ago I switched all my calls to Google Voice, so once I installed Google Hangouts, I was able to remove my sim from my phone and and pop it into the iPad. Errr, not so fast. I was using Google Authenticator on my phone and hadn’t saved the authenticator bar codes. It took a week or so to go through disabling 2FA on several accounts (some of them required photos with weird signs etc), but I finally got them all turned off and swapped over to the iPad (where I was sure to save the new 2FA barcodes in case I ever had to go through that again).

Also picked up a stick-on iPad Camera Lens Protector so I woulndn’t break the camera like I did on my phone. Hopefully.


About Will Puckett

A 20 year veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area, Will Puckett is an author, artist, and guide. He enjoys styling CSS, and helping friends move furniture. When not parked in front of his iPad, he rescues, restores and rides bikes. Will has been lucky enough to take long rides on both coasts of the United States, and encourages people to explore the world by bike. He tries to lay in his hammock as much as possible reading and planning his future container home, but does enjoy periodically escaping to skate. And of course ice cream.