My Perfect Tech Organizer: Thule Subterra 2 Powershuttle

This is the Thule Subterra 2 Powershuttle Large tech pouch I just picked up recently.

Why this is my perfect tech organizer?

I’ve been looking for a way to carry all of my different tech gear in one place including over-the-ear headphones. I know, when you’re one-bag traveling, the suggestion is always to use in-ear headphones or earbuds to minimize the space it takes up. Many people say that over-the-ear headphones aren’t worth it. 

For me, I need these headphones. The over-the-ear headphones I have are the Sony WH-1000XM4’s and I couldn’t live without them on an airplane. They have the best noise cancellation in the business and I really love the way that they block out baby noises, plane noises, and people coughing/sneezing/talking. I’ve used them for years now and I don’t think I would want to travel without them. 

I’ve been looking for a bag that would fit my headphones and would also have space for all of my other tech gear so that I could minimize wasted space. When you’re using a smaller backpack than usual or not checking a bag, it’s really important to save space. I think this one fits all of those criteria. 

The Thule Subterra 2 Powershuttle Large in the dark gray color was what I chose because in their promotional pictures it specifically showed that it could fit over-the-ear headphones. Also, it’s made with really quality materials. If this is too big for you, I would suggest the small or medium sizes. The small or medium versions would be for people who don’t carry as much tech.

Specs & Bag Exterior

First, let’s talk about the specs of this bag: 

The overall dimensions are 7.1 x 3.5 x 9.4 inches. It weighs just under half a pound. I got it in the dark slate color but it also comes in additional colors. It’s made with a bluesign approved nylon polyester blend. I like getting things that have bluesign approved materials because, what little sustainability I can get in a capitalist world, I will take. I know it’s not going to save the rainforest, but it’s something that I definitely look for when I’m buying bags and materials.

There are YKK zippers with these nice zipper pulls sealed with heat shrink. I really appreciate YKK zippers with heat shrink because it minimizes the amount of noise it makes when it’s jangling around it helps kind of buffer it a little bit. 

Moving into this case, there’s just one zipper on the outside. There’s no additional exterior pockets of any kind. The material is firm, but squishable, so if you underpacked this a little bit you could definitely fit it into tighter spaces or smaller bags.

The only other exterior feature is this little pull handle which I find myself using to pull it out of backpacks, push it into backpacks, or lift it up quickly to move It from place to place. There’s also a little small attachment point, if you wanted to add a carabiner of some sort. 

The only negative feedback I would say thus far is that the grab handle is so thin that I could see this wearing out over time. I wish it had slightly thicker and slightly denser material, but time will tell if this rips or frays with heavy use. 

Bag Interior

Opening the bag itself, you can see a large inner compartment as well as another compartment where there’s another YKK zipper. Thule suggests putting a passport in here, but I use it for all my individual cables and dongles that I don’t want clanking around inside the bag. 

Then, you have three elastic slide pockets where the middle one is a little bit bigger. This could fit something like a power bank or your larger chargers. Then, you have these smaller ones that could fit cables or USB thumb drives or things like that. There are also loops where the two outside loops are a little bit wider and this is designed to hold whatever cables you have. I don’t always use these for cables because, when I have something like this packed out, the cables make it harder to close the bag. You have to be careful how much you put in this top part so that you can still zip the zipper.

In the main compartment where you’re supposed to keep your headphones, you have these two padded dividers with velcro on either end so that you can customize this pocket to your needs. I took these dividers and made it into the smallest possible shape that could fit my headphones to make sure they’re fully protected.

I really like the light-colored interior. It gives high visibility in a dark-colored bag and makes it easy to see and find your gear. 

The interior is very nicely padded, especially in this compartment where the headphones were intended to go. The top is a little bit less protected and I wouldn’t suggest putting anything that’s delicate up there that would be damaged having pressure placed against it. 

What’s inside?

Final thoughts

The Thule Subterra 2 Powershuttle Large provides everything I need. I’ve been able to fit it into a personal-item-size bag.

While the contents described in this post don’t necessarily scream “minimalism,” they’re all practical and useful items that I use every time I travel. My goal with minimalism is not to completely eradicate possessions, but to break it down to essential minimalism. The items I buy and bring with me anywhere are high-quality, useful, durable, and necessary. That is how I define minimalism in my own life.

This tech organizer takes the place of multiple pouches and a hard case for over-the-ear headphones. It still allows me to travel with a personal item only and still have all my tech and entertainment and emergency backup power supplies neatly tucked away and protected in one place.

This is my perfect tech pouch.