If you travel for business often, then you are probably someone who keeps up with different inventions to travel with that make your life easier. Business travel can be rewarding, but can also be a hassle if you’re not properly prepared.
It is important that you make your traveling as stress-free as possible so that you don’t go out of your mind. This top 10 list of the most essential travel gear for business people will help you to make sure you get the job done while keeping your sanity.
1. Portable Battery
Everything these days can be charged with a portable battery. For the most part, most electronics and phones can be charged via USB. Having a portable batter can be a lifesaver. While this does have to be charged before you leave, it tends to hold battery power for a while so that you can charge whatever you need to whenever you need it. It can be very important while traveling for business since you will need to stay plugged in most of the time, especially if you have an aging phone that doesn’t hold a charge all day.
I really like Anker products. I have found them to be extremely reliable, portable, and fast charging.
- For my phone I have the Anker Astro E1, which is extremely portable and at full charge will charge my iPhone 7 two times.
- For longer trips where time between outlets will be extended or there are several people in your group, the Anker Powercore+ is a great choice, with the ability to charge the average iPhone 7 four times.
2. Travel Adapter (with USB Ports, if Possible)
Depending on where you are going, you may need to get a travel adapter. This is important especially if you are traveling to a foreign country because they may not have the same wall charger as your home country. If this is the case, you should research the country you are traveling to and find out what type of adapter is needed. If the adapter has a USB port, that is even more beneficial since most devices will be charged this way.
Travel adapters are fairly advanced these days, and come in several options for your specific needs.
- The LOOP World Adapter is a great compact option.
- When I went to Australia and had to charge multiple camera batteries I purchased the Bestek Power Adapter which has three plugs and 4 USB chargers.
3. Good Quality Headphones
This seems like such a simple addition to your bag, but it is an important one. Headphones can help you to enjoy music or a movie on a flight or in a hotel room when you feel as though you need to escape and relax. When traveling, you may find it difficult to calm yourself down since you are not in the comfort of your own home. To have the ability to drown out the noise around you will be necessary to wind down after a difficult day.
- I have had excellent experience with the Bose QuietComfort headphones, which have noise canceling technology that will drown out the din of a cafe or the rumble of an airplane engine.
- A less expensive option that still blocks out quite a bit of noise are the Sony Step Up Series EX Earbuds. When I have these in and music on, I can’t hear ANYONE around me!
4. A Good Laptop Bag
This is important to make sure you can organize all of the things you need for your meetings. If you have a good laptop bag that can help you contain all your work materials, you will look professional when arriving at your next company meeting. It will also keep your laptop or tablet safe when you are traveling. This is important since all your work is usually stored in one place.
- If you will be walking around a lot, a classic backpack is the best bet for ergonomics. Single strap bags are hard on your shoulders and neck. I’ve been rocking an STM laptop backpack for quite a while now.
5. Cabeau Evolution Travel Pillow
If you are a frequent flyer, then you know how uncomfortable those airplane seats can be. The Cabeau Evolution Travel Pillow was an impulse buy at LAX just before I boarded a 12 hour flight to Australia. I was skeptical, but this pillow absolutely blew me away. I wrapped it around my neck, cinched the drawstrings, and fell asleep for 7 hours. The pillow kept my VERY sensitive neck straight, and I slept like a baby. If you need to take a long flight or a flight that requires you to be in the air overnight, then it could be beneficial if you decide to invest in one of these pillows. They support your neck and help you get a good night’s sleep so that you are ready for anything when you arrive.
6. External Hard Drive
This is something that may not seem necessary, but if you are traveling with a laptop and it gets stolen, not only is your company’s information at stake, but so is your personal information. If you store your most important information in an external hard drive, it will help you protect yourself. It would be difficult for a thief to take off with both your device and the external hard drive. This will help you to keep both your personal and business information safe from others.
- I have been using Western Digital My Passport hard drives for years to back up photos and videos on filming trips, and they have performed beautifully. They now come in an Ultra Portable version which might be my next purchase.
- Slightly more expensive but faster and more durable are the new SSD portable hard drives. The Samsung T3 drive is one of the most popular options. With less moving parts, however, SSD drives are more reliable and less likely to fail.
7. Portable Hotspot
If you frequently work on your laptop computer, you will most likely need internet. While many cell phone companies can provide a personal hot spot for you, it is important to make sure you have access to it at all times no matter where you are traveling to. Even though most places have Wi-Fi in public areas, you might not be able to find it when you need it most – meeting a deadline or taking advantage of some quiet time to get work done. Carrying around your own portable hot spot will help you to make sure you get your work done on time. Check with your mobile phone company to see what they offer depending on where you are traveling to. Some cell phones are also able to become a hotspot, provided you have the appropriate plan.
- The Verizon LTE portable hotspot is a cheap option and runs on a pre-paid plan with no contracts. My friend has one of these and we both used it when WiFi was not available. It was fast and easy to use.
8. Portable Keyboard
This is especially important if you use an iPad or tablet as it might be difficult to type quickly and efficiently to get tasks checked off your to-do list. If you have a portable keyboard, they are easy to hook up and can help you get your work done so you are not missing deadlines because of slow touch-screen typing. It’s also good for ergonomics, allowing you to lift your tablet or laptop up high and have a keyboard at elbow height. Frequent laptop users’ necks will benefit.
- Depending on the size you’re looking for, I’m a fan of the IBM ThinkPad bluetooth keyboard, which is on the larger size however is very light.
- For those looking for smaller size items, the Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim is a great option.
9. Smart Suitcase
This is a new gadget that can really benefit you when you are traveling. The suitcase is basically programmed to your phone and has many safety features. It has a GPS with a sim card so that you can track it if it were to go missing. This would be especially helpful in a situation where your baggage was misplaced by the airline because you would be able to track its whereabouts. You can also lock the suitcase immediately with the app so that if it did go missing, you could ensure your things would still be there when it turned up. It also has a USB charger so you would be able to charge your phone or device when needed.
- The TYLT Pro Powerbag is a great entry level option for those looking to test the smart suitcase waters.
- The Bluesmart One is a more elite carry-on style smart suitcase that has more options and is slightly more expensive.
10. USB And Cable Organizer
If you’ve ever traveled with a tangled mess of cords, chargers, and USB drives, then you will thank yourself for getting a universal cable organizer. These bags are extremely useful and will keep you sane when you’re fishing for that one cord in the bottom of your bag that you can never seem to find.
- I have a small universal organizer from BUBM that I really like
- BUBM also makes a larger case for things like hard drives, mice, wires, and other gadgets.
These are the 10 most essential gadgets for traveling for business. You should have at least a few of these gadgets to make your travel easier and more comfortable.