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Sep 21, 2015

Traveling On Business - Packing and Travel Gadgets

Traveling On Business - Packing and Travel Gadgets

#WomanRoadWarriorDay (Today is National Woman Road Warrior Day)

My wife went on a business trip to California to the company's headquarters. She booked JetBlue to fly there and back as they are still the better choice for standard class flying. Luckily, since she booked the trip earlier, she just missed the checked bag fees that were announced by JetBlue.
Though once all packed, she didn't even have a bag to check in. More on that below. While at the airport, we discovered even more important information. Turns out that your laptop bag is now considered an extra bag, and of course, gets charged extra fees. Previously, you could have a carryon, personal bag/laptop bag, and pocketbook. No more, not for free. This should be interesting for our upcoming first family vacation.

Traveling for work by just using a carry-on for four or five days? How did she do that? 
Here are some details:
  • Roll up everything to maximize space in the suitcase. That includes her dresses and a couple of pants.
  • Nothing that is fully cotton, but a non-wrinkle type of material 
  • Pack shoes either in the side pockets or on perimeter of the bag
  • Layer heavy or rugged items with soft and flexible
  • Pack small clothing items in the very bottom of the bag, in between the ridges made by the extendable metal handles of the bag
  • Make a list a few days in advance of all the items you think you’ll need, both for clothing and toiletries and for business purposes. Don’t forget to bring all the necessary chargers
Make sure to charge your laptop, cell phones and anything else that needs charging the night before you leave, so that they are ready to go when you need them. Charge Your Gadget Before You Travel, Or Else

The carry-on that my wife packed and that we take everywhere (we have 2 identical) is the Samsonite Silhouette Spinner. It is a type of carry-on luggage that makes travel easier. I would not get any other bag after using this one with 4 wheels that spin 360 degrees. Very easy to maneuver through the airport. It also does not fall over if just standing. You can just let go of it for a second to switch hands, pull out phone or ticket and it won't go anywhere.
Samsonite Luggage Silhouette Sphere Expandable 25 Inch Spinner

Since I misplaced our Mophie Pack, my wife ended up taking with her the Pebble Portable Battery Charger, which has less juice, but gets the job of giving more power up time for her phone, done. We would not travel without at least one of them these days, especially on a business trip.
*Update here - the Pebble accidentally flew off of a balcony and is no longer functioning. Ordered a new power pack during the Prime Day, RAVPower Portable Charger

Sound-off: What are your essentials for a business trip and packing? Let us know below

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Kendra said...

one word: PortaPocket!

TravelTechGadgets said...

Interesting. Will look more into it. Thanks

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