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 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;
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?