“A decision is when you cut off any other possibility and you commit to something with everything you’ve got, and you take action”
– Anthony Robbins
Traveling without a laptop for the first time feels crazy. There is that thought in the back of the mind that there might be ONE OR TWO things that need a laptop and this trip will be a failure. In reality, you do not know what the tasks are, but you feel like there might be that ONE thing! It is the same reason why people bring certain things in theory toiletry bag that never see the hotel counter… EVER , but you still bring it on every trip. I still bring NyQuil , but have never used it on a trip.
Preparation and an open mind is key to taking the leap. A little preparation and planning can go a long way to a lighter carry on and true all day battery. The hardest thing is letting go and trust that you can get real work accomplished whilst on a trip.
Here are simple steps:
Upload your frequently used documents to a cloud storage: It does not matter what service you use, but make sure they support the apps you want to use. Microsoft Office for iOS (on the App Store) support many cloud storage solutions. This way you can always get what you need.
Dongles: If you are presenting, bring a couple of dongles. 1) HDMI to lightning connector by Apple 2) VGA to lightning.connector by Apple. These are for when you have to present. If you need to plug into a projector, you are covered. I also pack a cheap HDMI cable in my case and it also gets used for viewing movies in the hotel room on the room TV (more on that in a future blog).
Power Brick: I have a few iDevices and only carry a multi-port USB brick to save space
Power Cell: Find a great power cell battery like the Anker Power Cell I use and keep it for emergencies… Never see a laptop person that can do that
Keyboard or Keyboard Case: I pack an Apple Bluetooth keyboard <link> in case I need to do some serious typing. If I do not do that, I use a keyboard folio case like the Logitech Type + case… So useful.
In the next blog: We will look at the experience of traveling without a laptop and see the possible pitfalls and what we do to overcome hurdles. This includes flight trays, delays, in-flight Wi-Fi, and VPN.
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