I travel a lot in my job – sometimes seeing multiple cities, multiple times in the same week. So it’s certainly something that I’ve become accustomed to and am quite proficient at. Here’s some of the technology that I travel with and why. The photo below shows you some of the technology laid out on the table.
Here’s a breakdown of what is there and why.
1. The top right cable is a 7metre VGA cable. Using this I can link my laptop to the TV in my hotel room and use it as a 2nd monitor which can make you very productive at times.
2. The Microsoft Bluetooth Wireless keyboard and Keypad allow me to have full functionality of a decent size keyboard. If I choose to use the VGA cable to display my laptop screen, I can easily relax on the bed with they wireless keyboard and get some work done.
3. The Microsoft Bluetrack wireless mouse on the bottom right – this works on any surface – yes – even the glass desktop you see here. It’s also designed to fit in your hand and therefore reduces stress.
4. The 4 port power board – when you are travelling, it’s easier to take one International power adaptor and a power board than multiple power adapters. I can then plug in all my powered devices, charging phones, camera batteries etc without needing individual adaptors for each device.
5. The Motorola Bluetooth headset is very useful. This is linked to my laptop and I use it in conjunction with Skype to make calls back home, clients, etc. I can walk around the room using it without an issue and it charges from a standard USB port which means it’s one less charger to think about.
6. The International Travel adaptor – that’s the black thing on the left of the Motorola bluetooth headset – this one adaptor allows any to any power plug conversion and is fully self contained. I have two of these – one in my travel kit as above and another in my backpack so I can use things outside of my hotel room.
7. The last things I have are two USB 400GB hard drives – those are the black and blue cases you see here. The Blue Hard Drive is fully encrypted using BitLocker to go and I store a lot of information on it that I don’t need on my laptop. I use BitLocker To Go to ensure that if the drive is lost, it’s contents can’t be accessed at all. The Black Hard drive is totally non encrypted and used for backup purposes to backup my laptop while I travel. I use StorageCraft ShadowProtect and each backup is fully encrypted to prevent others reading it. Using this if my laptop had a massive failure, I could either restore it to the same laptop, or access the data from a replacement laptop if needs be.
Other things I carry in this travel bag that are not shown include, a Leatherman tool, and a small multipoint screwdriver as well as come cable ties, spare baggage tags and a very small fold up umbrella.
This photo shows how it’s setup 🙂
Ok – that’s a couple of travel tips that I have – what tips do you have?