Lately I’ve been moving between 3 different locations and have been trying to do contracting work related to PIC processors. It was really frustrating to have all my development tools and components only at my home office when I was away so much. The solution was to add what I needed to one portable kit to take from location to location. My first attempt was a small plastic toolbox, but that was quickly filled and always seemed to be a mess. Next I tried a plastic shoebox from home depot for $0.99. This worked well since I could see everything that was in it, however it was a pain to carry around since there was no handle and it didn’t fit into a bag nicely. The solution I came up with was a plastic parts bin with moveable seperator walls, like you can find a Harbor Freight or Home Depot. With the movable walls, you can really cram a lot of stuff into them, I was impressed with everything that I got into the bin.
While the box does close and latch, I use two fabric hook and loop straps to make sure it stays closed. The unit is really compact and fits in any backpack or side bag. I do have a breadboard I take with me as well and I think I found a small plastic picture box that can hold that so I don’t crush components when it is in a bag. Here are some pictures too