Products for a Homestead Home Office


KeySmart Urban21 Commuter Backpack

I’m always exploring new products that will save us money, make our homestead more efficient, our business more profitable, our home and office environment healthier, or become a little more resilient to the next thing nature might throw our way. My son, Liam Kivirist, and I regularly cover technology for emergency preparedness, often discovered during new product launches at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held every January.

The products below are new additions to our Inn Serendipity homestead, with a focus on our increasingly mobile life and home office.

Protecting our Technology with the Urban21 Commuter Backpack from KeySmart

No matter whether you’re on the move around town or the farm, or need a smaller “bug-out” bag that’s designed to last in extreme conditions or during emergencies, KeySmart’s Urban21 Commuter Backpack with its super tough ballistic nylon fabric and plentiful padding should keep your portable electronics equipment, cell phone and other essentials safe, secure, protected and dry. The two larger pockets in the inside are for a laptop (up to 15-inch) and a tablet.

Since the Urban21 Commuter Backpack has waterproof front and hardshell pockets, plus water-resistant nylon exterior, I often bring it into the growing fields with me, using one pocket for my tablet and the other for my clipboard containing my growing field notes. Since we have a WiFi signal that’s bounced into our field, we can now even stream NPR to our headphones while weeding (the headphones are also stored in the backpack when not in use).

Most homesteaders and farmers are constantly on the go and increasingly wired or connected to cellular in order to take product orders from customers or monitor the output of their solar electric system like we do with our 10.8 kW PV system. So, technology is almost always on and within reach. This comfortable, padded backpack produces a way to keep all of our gear organized and protected wherever we might be. There’s even a hardshell top compartment for fragile items like glasses, cellphone or flashlight. Their Professional Bundle Urban21 version comes with rain cover, pocket organizer, chest strap and water bottle. The only design addition I could think of after trying it out is for KeySmart to add a rigid bottom to the backpack to better protect electronics inside from a sudden, jolting drop.

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