Last week The Points Guy took Singapore’s all-business class service from Newark to Singapore and wrote about the travel products he took along with him on the world’s largest flight.
Inspired by Brian, and sitting on board a much more pedestrian American AIrliens Pheonix – Chicago run powered by Gogo Inflight internet, I thought I’d share the contains of my laptop bag.
Verizon MiFi. I create my own wireless hotspot, and the speeds are pretty good. 5 gigs of data are included in my plan each month and then I buy additional gigs at $10 each. It’s not for streaming movies, but it does the job with email and websurfing and covers me for uploading photos I want to include on the blog.
Kensington Empower Adapter. Sadly too many aircraft still use the cigarette style outlets for their seat power, and I need to plug in. Fortunately after I got rid of my Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook (which I hated) I’m back to one (Lenovo u300s, which I love) that they make tips for.
Denon AH-NC800 noise cancelling headphones. All the cool kids use Bose QC15s, and I’ve only compared my Denons head-to-head with the Bose QC2s. I like the Denon’s better for music and movies, the Bose better for keeping out the sound of screaming children in the cabin.
Monster Outlets-to-Go power strip. Hotels never have enough outlets and I need to power up several devices at a time, I like a power strip that lets me do that, and it’s best when that strip is compact. I reviewed one of these back in 2009.
Cell phone and charger I still haven’t replaced my 3 year old Blackberry, I’m holding out for that ‘perfect device’ but I’m anxious. On international trips I bring along an unlocked phone with an Estonian SIM from OneSimCard.com. I dial the number I need, it calls me back and connects me, getting low incoming rates in a ton of countries worldwide.
International power adapters. I carry a generic all-purpose one pretty much all the time, but when I’m headed on a long international trip I also bring along of bunch of region-specific power adapters since they’re smaller. Most folks are best off just with the generic ones, but I have a collection of European, Asian, U.K, South Pacific that I throw into the bag before heading to those regions, where I’ll want to be plugging in several items at once.
Canon S95 Camera. Based on reader advice I got the s95, brought down in price with the introduction of Canon’s s100.
Tumi travel wallet. This has all of my travel program cards, my coupons (lounge passes, free rental days, hotel BOGO certs, etc.) And it has a place for passports and I zipper pocket I keep foreign currency in.
Wireless router. I stopped carryin this for awhile, since nearly everywhere I went had wifi, and when I’m not near a signal I have my Verizon MFi. But I’ve been to too many hotels where the signal was virtually unusable, but that if I had plugged into the wired signal I’d have been just fine. So I started packing my six year old D-Link pocket router again, and it’s still a gem.
Also in my laptop bag: the current issue of The Atlantic for when we’re below 10,000 feet, my laptop power cord (oh, yeah, and my laptop – Lenovo u300s with i7 processor), and my freedom baggie (containing purell, chapstick, travel-sized toothpaste, travel-sized deodorant, and that’s it – though I’m messy enough I should probably bring along a Tide stick).
Relatedly, here’s More than Mary with tips for women on packing more efficiently something I know very little about!
What’s in your? carryon?