WWDC 2006: You going? What are you taking?

I’m starting my preparations to head to this year’s WWDC and, like last year, I’m working on my list of stuff to jam into the Brenthaven backpack. Since I’m going to be hauling this across the country, as well as through a week’s worth of conference, lightness and utility are the two things I always need to keep in mind. Toss in that I’ll have to do everything I normally do using only the computer equipment that’s in the bag, and getting the right stuff into the bag becomes even more important. See the list below the jump.

1. MacBook Pro – Without the laptop, why go?

2. Airport Express – For me, this is a must-have for the hotel. I know where I’m staying has broadband hookups in every room (one of the reasons I stay there), but the only wireless is down in the lobby. Packing one of my Airport Expresses along means I’ve got wireless in my room. It’s also more secure, as I can lock down access by MAC address and enable WPA encryption. I can also take it with me to the Moscone center to have it available for those times when the conference wireless gets overloaded, which happened a few times last year.

3. External 2.5? bus powered Firewire hard drive – Half the fun of WWDC is trying out the software. Toss it onto my work machine’s boot drive? No thanks, I need that to be working later. Instead, I’ll clone a copy of my boot drive onto the Firewire drive and run the software I’m testing off of that.

4. Retractable Firewire, USB, Ethernet and phone cables – The less space in the bag, the better and especially when it comes to cables.

5. Treo 650 – It’s my phone, my mobile email and internet, and my portable bookshelf all in one. Never leave home without it.

6. Treo 650 sync and charge cable – Like my laptop, my Treo’s also running on battery power. Also, sometimes syncing via Bluetooth isn’t fast enough. With this, I can kill both of those birds with one stone.

7. Apple DVI – VGA adapter for my laptop – Never know when this might come in as useful.

8. 30 gig video iPod – A must-have for the plane ride and anywhere I’m waiting in line.

Anybody else heading to WWDC with your Mac? What are you taking? Let me know in the comments.

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