Travel is a part of your business. From meetings to conferences and tradeshows, regardless of the industry, thousands of business owner travel all over the world each year.
Packing for business trips should be streamlined, efficient, and seamless. When it comes to technology on the road it is easy to get caught up in lugging multiple gadgets around. The New York Times gives a list on the best gadgets for business trips.
Laptop. Of course, this immediately brings up the iPad/laptop debate. Sure tablets are great, but they still don’t have the capabilities that a laptop does. If you need to get serious work done on your commute, a laptop is the way to go.
Smartphone. This is nothing new. One third of U.S. adults own smartphones, and 87% of smartphone users use their phones for internet access on a daily basis according to a survey by Pew Research Center. If you travel constantly, a smartphone is essential to check email, documents, and stay connected on the go.
Backup power for your smartphone. It is a good idea to keep a charged backup battery in your bag. However, you can also get small backup power chargers such as a Mophie’s Juice Pack Powerstation that can recharge phones or tablet computers.
Various cords. Of course you’ll want a wall-charging adapter for your phone. However, it is also a good idea to bring an extra power strip (they have mini surge protector with usb chargers) in case your laptop cord needs a few extra feet to make it to the outlet in the airport lounge in between flights.
Personal gadgets. Of course, your business trip can’t be all work. Get a Kindle app for your computer to read (and save room in your bag). Rent movies from iTunes or Amazon.
Above you want to pack for the ultimate ease and functionality- being ruthlessly efficient can save money, time and stress as you prepare for each trip. Remember to always condense. Need a camera, GPS, or calculator? All in your smartphone.
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