GORUCK GR2 and travel ergonomics


After much debate I finally settled on buying the GORUCK GR2 34L in black. My goal has been to find one bag I could travel with, one that would fit my electronic gear, clothes, and other travel stuff.

I sold my GR1 21L and swapped up for the GR2. So far I’m not quite sure if it meets my needs.

Several folks online mentioned using a Bullet 10L or 15L to put inside of the 34L as a packing cube. I tried that, but it doesn’t leave much extra room. In fact, all of the zipper pouches inside the GR2 seem not as useful for what I prefer, since I put everything in packing cubes. I’d almost prefer if the GR2 only had two large areas, but without smaller zipper areas.

Since I want to travel with just one bag, but also want a smaller bag for EDC, I was hoping the Bullet would fit inside the GR2.

Travel gear

So far it all technically works, but not with enough room to really feel comfortable. I’m now debating whether to just buy a duffle bag for travel and keep my Bullet 15L with me at the same time, so just two bagging it.

Will share an update as I figure this out.

For context I travel with the following work gear:

  • 15-Inch MacBook Pro + cords + roost stand + Magic Keyboard + Magic Mouse + mousepad + leather sleeve
  • 12.9″ iPad Pro
  • Small kit bag – For all the non MBP cords
  • Sony bluetooth noise cancelling headphones
  • Fieldnotes Steno notebook
  • Optional: DSLR and accompanying lenses

Sometimes I scrap all the laptop accessories, but then I often regret it because they help me get into the flow of work with a real mouse and unattached keyboard with the monitor at an ergonomic height.

Pictured below:

While it’s more to carry, I definitely prefer when I can have my full setup with me. It allows me to mimic my home office, minus the larger external monitor.

When a design discussion needs a sketch

Earlier today I was following up on a ticket from a colleague. He asked some clarifying questions on what was needed for the design. At first I thought of responding directly to the question with a written answer.

However, experience has taught me that a sketch often helps me with understanding the question better, helping me to clarify my answer, and often changing my own answer in the process.

The same thing happened today.

As I started to answer his question, and was sketching out a solution, I realize the answer I was about to write wasn’t actually correct, or wasn’t as easy as I thought.

If you’re curious you can follow the discussion and see my logic play out in realtime.

Show what you mean

Earlier today I was following up on a design related task. After writing up the paragraph response, I decided to take five minutes and sketch up a drawing of what I wrote. I then included that.

In the work I’ve done with design and development teams over the years I’ve found that a sketch will always help to clarify the conversation.

Sometimes my sketches are wrong, but usually they move the conversation forward by conveying meaning in a way that can more quickly bring about understanding.

Here’s the quick little sketch:

Leading to Design

I’ve started a new project. It’s called Leading to Design, a site where I share my learnings as a product designer, and the journey I’m taking to support and lead a design vision within my company.

Check it out! The first few posts are up, and you can subscribe to my something-weekly newsletter. 😀

Write what you want to read

A few weeks ago I shared why I write. The heart of it is sometimes I write what I wish I could read.

So many of us have a thirst to learn, an undying curiosity. While you may find that starts to take the edge off of your curiosity, more often then not you can reach the bounds of what someone has to say on a topic, and still have questions.

Take movies for instance. I’ll watch a movie and be happily surprised when other people have the same thoughts and questions. But often I realize my thought hasn’t been shared publicly, leaving an opening to be the first to write on that topic.

So, I’d encourage you to write what you want to read. I’m trying to do more of that these days.

Oh, and if your curious I’m sharing more work related stuff on a new site. Personal things will still be here.