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I'm Packed And Ready For San Diego, Sort Of

By Catherine Connors |

Okay, hands up: who out there is spending today and/or tomorrow frantically packing and trying to get work done and just generally panicking before leaving for BlogHer?


I’m terrible with business travel, which is inconvenient, because I do it a lot. I’m always packing at the last minute – or not packing at all, because I’m just using the same suitcase and clothes as the last trip and spending a fortune using hotel laundry services – and scrambling to get work done and scrambling, basically, to do everything.

I do keep my travel work bag packed at all times, though, which helps with the panic. Even at home, I keep all my cords and chargers packed in this bag when I’m not using them; ditto for my notebooks and current files. Basically, if I had to fly out the door in the next five minutes, I’d be able to grab this bag and be good to go, work-wise. Sure, I’d be wearing pajama bottoms and would need to purchase pants, undergarments and a toothbrush at my destination, but that’s what credit cards are for. Clothing needs I can deal with; not having my laptop or smartphones or files and notebooks would be a disaster.

So here’s what I keep on hand in this bag (it’s an Epiphanie bag, because, duh):

- MacBook;

- MacBook peripherals;

- iPhone (Canadian number);

- Android (US number);

- chargers for phones;

- Moleskine notebook;

- work files;

- pencil case (which includes a few colored pencils and one or two smelly pencils, for fun);

- Nikon DSLR;

- lens brush;

- wallet with passport, US debit card, and US dollars;

- wallet with Canadian credit cards and Canadian dollars;

- cosmetic bag;

- Dora wallet with Emilia Dollars (currently about $300k. AM FLUSH.)

- Gordon, from the Island of Sodor;

- crayons.

Gordon is not, strictly speaking, necessary to my travel experience, but Jasper insists that I take him. Crayons are also not a necessity, and are not at all recommended for filling out customs forms, but they work in a pinch for scribbling down URLs or for doodling on barf bags during long flights. You have to think of these things, you guys. (The photographic evidence is here; I dare you to share your own.)

What do you bring, tech-wise, to conferences? Conferences aside, do you keep a travel bag packed and ready to go? A work bag? What’s inside?

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Catherine Connors

Catherine is a mother, writer, recovering academic, the author of Her Bad Mother, and Editor in Chief of Disney Interactive Family. Read bio and latest posts → Read Catherine's latest posts →

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