The Travails of Traveling With Too Many Adaptors

I have a confession to make: I'm a cable hoarder. I've been one for as long as I can remember. Over the years I've collected cables in shoeboxes, tackle boxes, suitcases, drawers, and entire shelves. When I worked in AV, I was the guy you came to when you had to get the sound from one impossible thing to another. I had the cable. Every. Single time.

Over the last three decades of my adult life, I've had at least Five Purges on different occasions. And yes, the Five Purges requires capitalization. The last at greatest of these Purges was when we left the country. Boxes -- literally boxes -- of cables and connectors went to greedy friends, leaving me with the paltry assortment you see below.

Quite literally, too many adaptors.

Quite literally, too many adaptors.

It's too much. Taking up two different bags within my laptop bag is something I can no longer abide. And what you're seeing is less than what I started with, having conduced two minor purges (capitalization not required) during the journey. But it's still too much, and I took the time to sort out what I need from what I don't. 

Here's what I'm losing:

Offering to the gods of space-saving.

Offering to the gods of space-saving.

  • New, un-opened old-style iPhone/iPad cable. We own nothing this plugs into. Why am I keeping it?
  • Nook USB wall charger. Guess what I also don't own? A Nook. 
  • Amazon USB wall charger. Yes, I do own a Kindle, but I have other options for wall charging. See ya.
  • USB battery booster. On the surface, a good idea for those leading a traveling lifestyle. But if you look close, you'll see what else is on the surface: the power button. Which means any contact with anything in my pocket or bag -- my leg or the other cables in the bag, for instance -- and the device powers on and drains out in minutes. Plus, even at fully charged, it only boosts the batter to about 15%. Not worth the hassle, or weight. 
  • EU-style charging adaptor. I think these must have bred while we were traveling Europe, because we wound up with an extra one. As you can see, it's pretty bulky.

Getting rid of those, my new pile looks like this:

My armory, now and forever. Or until I need something else.

My armory, now and forever. Or until I need something else.

Starting from the 9:00 position and going clockwise:

  • Thunderbird to VGA, Thunderbird to Ethernet, and dual-USB car adaptor
  • The full complement of travel plugs for my Macbook Pro, including a USB adaptor.
  • Hydra's nest of USB-to-whatever cables
  • One iPhone and one USB micro cable (Yes, those are in the hydra, but the longer cables are better for nightstands.)
  • 3 thumb drives (5 GB total, plus one is a laser pointer!)
  • One US and One EU USB wall plugs, pluse a EU extender, because some EU plugs are deep!

Best of all, it now fits in a single bag which tucks neatly into my laptop bag:

Cable chaos contained!

Cable chaos contained!

This is the opening salvo in my ongoing war on chaos. Where before I was happy to let it reign, I simply don't have the space do to it any longer. Not if I want to collect any goodies along the way. Keep an eye out for additional before-and-after shots as we both go through a few more Purges of the things we think we need.

Cheers from Thailand!