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How do you organize cables in your backpack?


by @refuseillusion | 4yr  | 11 comments

Iโ€™m currently thinking of getting a packing cube and velcro binder after I used a GRID-IT organizer which couldnโ€™t fit all my stuff in the end.
I know some use ziplock bags, but how durable is that? Wonโ€™t it just be one big mess of cable salad?

Whatโ€™s your approach?

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@richlitt | 4yr

Oh, note: Do not wrap your cables, especially in the way that @RichardH suggested. It destroys the life of the cable, as it twists the inner wires, and youโ€™re much more likely to end up with breakage or or frayed cables. Itโ€™s fine if your cables are cheap - for instance, if you have a couple of USB chords and theyโ€™re easy to get. However, for some cables, such as laptop chargers, this can quickly lead to an expensive solution. It is worse for nomads - there may not be a Mac store nearby.

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@richlitt | 4yr

Fabric bags. People above me have said everything else I would. Zip ties and twisty-locks are useful for reducing knots.

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Ok, many answers, canโ€™t read them all.but hereโ€™s mine:

  • first I use bags in my bag. so I have one bag for electronics in my carry-on backpack. if I travel with more for settling somewhere, a second bag for the โ€œsettled time stuffโ€ (oops, Apple TV, extra chargers, etc)
  • I use usb-powered devices, and just one multi USB charger. this stuff is awesome, Check Anker or other brands, 5 or 6 USB port with 50W. I just swap the power cord from country to country if the power plugs are different. then, I can wrap all the USB cables together, still plugged to the charger
  • I use multi end short cables for chargers (one usb jack splits into micro-usb + lightning + etc)
  • I choose flat braided cables I donโ€™t use them often (HDmi, ethernet)
  • no more : retractable cables. very practical, but need to be bought in stock and have spare, I found them lasting 3 month max, even best brands
  • I use this simple technique to wrap each cable easily in a loop : http://youtu.be/OKgqR0e4gcE (jump at the end for the one that works). used for years, wrap / unwrap in seconds without thinking.
    i guess thatโ€™s itโ€ฆ except one exception.
    since Iโ€™m a nerd I may play with more stuff and cables (raspberry pi, even a small drone, etc), this stays in small boxes project by project
    One last last obvious but hey : I regularly sort them and throw the extras, minus one or two spare
    Hope it helps
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@nickdanforth | 4yr

Fabric bag for me too. Actually just an old airline amenity kit. I just wrap each cable before putting it in the bag. Havenโ€™t had any issues with tangling. Super simple.

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@kathrynoh | 4yr

Same as others, I use a fabric bag. I donโ€™t have a lot of cables - one for my android tablet and 2 for camera, phone, power bank + laptop cord. I have a usb adapter, one of the ones with four usb slots + the clip on plugs for various locations and chuck that in the bag along with adapters for my laptop.

Iโ€™ve looked at the grid-it and other organisers but none seem to provide much value for me. A fabric bag can be squished in anywhere.

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@etc | 4yr

I purchased one of these a while back:

โ€ฆand Iโ€™ve put it to pretty good use. I keep a second set of cables in it, rather than my primary cables - which allows me to throw it in the bag if I need to run out the door quickly.

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@richardh | 4yr

This showed up on my feed the other day. Super effective.

The best way to stop headphone tangles

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@refuseillusion | 4yr

Iโ€™ve used a similar method but the one in the video you linked to is quicker.
Thereโ€™s just one small downside to this method: I tend to pull the end tight, but I feel like that reduces the cables lifespan.

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@refuseillusion | 4yr

This looks quite similar to the GRID-IT organizers
http://www.circuitmag.net/wp-content/forum/uploads/2011/12/4.-Cocoon-Grid.jpg

I tried them but I didnโ€™t like them in the end. My chargers simply arenโ€™t flat enough, the flap is too short, and with big things inside itโ€™s a waste of space since itโ€™s not an easy form factor to pack with. Iโ€™m also too lazy to always loop cords, stuck them under the rubber bands and then reorganize the whole thing.

Do you feel like your organizer is eating a lot of space? It looks like thereโ€™s much air inside.

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@anywhereness | 4yr

I addressed this by firstly replacing all of the devices I could with ones that are powered by standard USB cables. That lets me eliminate some cables, as itโ€™s highly unlikely all devices are needed at once. I also specifically purchased some devices where the cables can pack in the device, (like a Silicon Power Armor) or devices that were multipurpose to further eliminate cables.

Then, I bought a few short USB cables (4" long) that can pack neatly into any bag without needing loops. I have some longer 3โ€™ ones, because sometimes you need the reach. They get looped, secured from unwinding by tucking one end through the loop, and then put into a small mesh bag.

The mesh bags that I use to hold small devices and cables is below. Theyโ€™re cost effective and I like the angled zipper, but advise you donโ€™t trust the clip.

The longest cable I have is the laptop power adapter. It uses a simple velcro cable wrap and I always carefully loop it up and cinch it before packing.

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@josh_works | 4yr

Small fabric bags.

One bag holds my small headset+boom mic. Another one holds my phone charger, misc usb cable, usb-a to usb-c cable, and a car charger. The longest cable, my computer charging cable, wraps around the brick and goes into its own bag. (Just got a Zolt. So far, so good.)

I prefer the bag โ€œsystemโ€ because I access my cables at different times of day, based on use. Now I donโ€™t have to deal with an explosion of cables, and I think theyโ€™re all pretty compact.

Buuut thatโ€™s just me. I try to keep cables to a minimum, so I donโ€™t have to deal with it. Right now I travel with just five cables, including headphones, mic, and computer charger.

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I am based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and I am planning to start my nomad life later December. I was preparing before that.

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##Can I organize a meetup?
Yes! If youโ€™d like to organize a meetup, itโ€™s super easy! Fill out this form and @xiufensilver will contact you to help you arrange it. Usually the meetups are in the evening around 7pm in a local bar or coworking space. But weโ€™ve had brunch meetups too :smile:

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Iโ€™d love to hear what people carry with them in their packs. Show and tell?

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