Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, deciding on what the right technology to bring with limited space can be a daunting task. I’ve been traveling a fair amount lately and have finally developedÂ an effective mobile travel kit to help solve my biggest pain points without adding unnecessary bulk to my trip.
A few products for a worry-free mobile traveling experience:
Belkin Travel Charger
My #1 need when traveling is far and away… power. Belkin’s Mini Surge Protector and Charger has saved me countless times. Ever searched for an outlet in an airport, only to find that the lone power outlet has both plugs taken? With an extra three plugs, everyone will be glad to let you join in at the outlet and the two extra USB ports are icing on the cake.
PlusPlus Power Stick
And then there are times when you can’t even get to an outlet. This is a backup item that I rarely use, but when I’ve needed it, the PlusPlus Power Stick has been a savior to quickly recharge my devices.
When it’s time to wind down at the end of the day, you’ll likely want to relax with a dose of Netflix or WatchESPN. Instead of watching on your laptop or tablet, throw it up on the big screen using a Google Chromecast wherever you are. The Chromecast is small enough to fit in any suitcase and cheap enough that you could feasibly have one for the home and one for the road.
The Nexus 7 is very affordable, lightweight, durable (it’s survived many of my drops without a crack or scratch), and it’s the perfect size tablet to travel with. I’ve been known to occasionally keep it in my back pocket for quick access.
Extra Charging Cables
At under $5.00 each from Monoprice, I’ve found it’s easiest to buy an additional set of USB charging cables (30 Pin, Lightning, Micro USB) and just leave them in each travel bag. You’ll never forget anything at home, and if you accidentally leave it on the road, it’s not a huge loss.
*Bonus Tip: If you’re really in a bind, go to your hotel’s front desk and ask if there are any extras in the lost & found. The answer is almost always yes.
I’m realizing this post is becoming a bit Google heavy, which is odd considering I’m primarily a Mac and iPhone user, but Google Now has been pleasantly helpful when traveling- particularly to get quick access to my flight info, travel times and local weather. If you’re traveling with friends and they’ve emailed you their itineraries, you can easily access those too.
Filson Original Briefcase
I prefer the Filson Original Briefcase ¼to carry all my mobile tech gear. It perfectly blends the look of professional + casual and works really well for any type of trip. It’s extremely durable- in fact, the more it wears/ages, the better it looks. There’s ample storage space and you can always upsize to the larger Computer Bag if you need more.
And finally something a little different. I’ve been using the Duolingo mobile app to help me brush up on my Spanish. If you’re new to a language you might want to go with an app like TripLingo, but I’ve found that Duolingo works well for someone who already has a language background and simply wants to brush up on vocab and grammar.
How do you travel?
I’m always looking for new ideas and gadgets, so please let me know what’s in your suitcase and what I’ve left out of mine!