You need a lot of stuff to be productive on the road, but there’s still a way to get everything you need into a small bag. Travel veteran James Kendrick explains how to avoid travel nightmares with these smart tips:
- Keep a cable stash. It’s frustrating when you forget an essential cord. Prevent that potentially costly problem by keeping a carrier for all of your chargers, cables, cords and adapters. You may want to consider buying extra power adaptors for each gadget to keep in the cable stash.
- Pack a power strip. Avoid dealing with a lack of power outlets by bringing a mobile power strip. Hotel rooms often don’t have enough outlets. Mobile strips are a great way to solve the problem.
- Claim your connectivity. Skip paying extra for Internet or not having access at all by bringing your own mobile broadband. Many smartphones can generate hot spots that allow you to get online. Use LTE as a way to generate hot spots for iPads, laptops and other gadgets for extended amounts of time.
- Pack the perfect bag. With the fees and delays associated with checking luggage, that means a lightweight, functional carry-on. Choose one that’s well made and has plenty of pockets for organizing everything. Kendrick favors the Travelpro Crew 8, which also has a padded front pocket that can hold a laptop and serve as an easy-access mini-briefcase.
— Adapted from “5 tips to travel smart with mobile gear,” James Kendrick, ZDNet.