Backpack Pentesting

I made a presentation a few months ago based on a simple question I relieved… “What is all that stuff in your backpack?”  I normally carry, well, more than I really need.  Full list with links is below, or here’s the presentation for those who want to see it in all its original, horrible glory.  Ever wonder what types of stuff I normally carry when on a pentest?  Well, now you know.  Enjoy!

Backpack and Kit

  • OGIO Tribune International (I personally use OGIO Tribune Graffiti, but it’s no longer available)
  • Estarer YPB02SCU USB Drive Organizer
  • Infinite Storage System Flambeau T900 Gear Organizer


  • HDMI (f) to DVI (m)
  • RGB (f) to DVI (m)
  • DPORT (m) to RGB (f)
  • MicroSD (f) to SD Card (m)
  • USB type C (m) to 3.5mm audio (m)
  • USB type C (m) to USB type A (f)
  • USB type C (m) to USB type A (f) OTG Cable
  • USB type A (m) to USB type C/Lightning (m)
  • 10 color pen
  • Various power adapters
  • SIM Card (f) to USB type A (m)
  • Sabrent HB-UM43 USB 3.0 hub

Physical Security

  • Proxmark RDV2 RFID read/write
  • Tactical Flashlight
  • Blacklight Flashlight
  • Utilikey
  • Sparrow Tuxedo Lockpicks
  • Metal shim
  • Multi-function knife
  • Set of common office master keys
    • Timberline KY-101-1T Master Key
    • HON Master Key (E/H/N/R/S/T series)
    • Herman Miller Master Key (UM/LL series)
    • Kimball Master Key (A/B 001-200)
    • Allsteel Master Key (BJ201-BJ1100)
    • Knoll Master Key (H6001-H6251)
    • Pundra Master Key (100-630)
  • Screwdriver set
  • Trading Faces
    • Blank RFID chips/badges
    • Hermit stickers
    • Conference business cards
    • Fake business cards

Data Things

  • StarTech USB352SAT3CB SATA USB 3 type A (m) cable
  • IOGEAR GUC232A USB 2 (m) to Serial DB-9 (m) cable
  • 2x Yubico (one for external sites, one for local encryption)
  • External USB drive (2 TB, milspec drop rating)
  • USB drives for:
    • TAILS
    • Windows (every server/desktop version from 3.1 through 10/NT3.51 through 2016)
    • Kali Linux (multiple variants, including Chuck Lumley)
    • vmWare remote console
    • pfSense

Communication Things

  • Alfa Networks AWUS036NHA 802.11 b/g/n Adapter
  • Ralink USB WiFi RT5370
  • Microsoft 1663 USB Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • KY-QF9700 100 MB Ethernet Adapter
  • Rii Mini x1 Wireless Micro Keyboard/Touchpad
  • CRU MJ-3 Mouse Jiggler
  • AWS IOT Dash Button
  • RTL-SDR Blog R820T2 RTL2832U SMA SDR
  • NooElec RTL-SDR R820T RTL2832U
  • HamItUp RF +7 dBm Upconverter
  • Hak5 LAN Turtle
  • HooToo HT-TM05 Wireless N Travel Router/Bridge/10400 mAh Battery
  • 3x Raspberry Pi Zero W (PoisonTaps)
  • Plugable USB-BT4LE Bluetooth 4 LE adapter
  • Spare Google Fi and Ting Wireless SIM cards

Hardware Hacking Things

  • Phone magnifying lens
  • USB to TTL Serial Cable
  • USB to FTDI Cable
  • Salae Logic 4 (4 Channel Logic Analyzer)
  • Grand Idea Studio JTAGulator
  • Sparkfun/Dangerous Prototypes BusPirate
  • Various alligator clips

Entertainment Things

  • Google Chromecast
  • Nintendo Switch
  • NextThingCo C.H.I.P.
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (6” WiFi)
  • Universal kickstand
  • Slide presenter/laser pointer
  • D10 and D12 (for much random)

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