If, and by if I am asking, what are the ten devices you need to have with you? For example, if you had asked me ten years ago I would have said extra batteries and extra storage. I also had a portable GPS in my suitcase and a portable XM radio.
Then five years ago I stopped traveling every week. That changed what I packed. In the days I was traveling every week I seldom unpacked the majority of my suitcase. That was stuff I used on the road, not at home. As I slowly weaned myself from constant travel, I began to evaluate. When I did travel, I asked myself what do I need.
Now in fairness, there is a huge difference. First, when you travel every single week, there are things that you will need away from home, that aren’t critical when you visit once or twice a year. That is an important distinction. The other is the evolution of technology over the past ten years. When I had a portable GPS, it was because it took my smartphone 5-10 minutes to lock onto a GPS signal. The portable GPS locked and was ready to roll in less than 2 minutes. The other issue was normally when I landed I had to let home know I was ok, and I needed to call and confirm the location of the meeting. That meant I needed to use the phone right away so not having the GPS would have been difficult. I also carried a portable speaker (I still have that one) for the rental car, so I didn’t have to stress about talking, driving and navigating. I would leave my house in Indiana at 3:30 in the morning. Landing somewhere in the Midwestern US around 9 am and on-site working by 10 in the morning. That happened for 11 years. A few times I drove, which made packing even easier. I could carry more materials in my car because it was my car.
That did get me to have kits in all my cars long before the various auto-safety groups recommended them. I had a battery, blankets, a shovel and other tools in every single one of my cars and because my mother taught me, a first aid kit in all three cars.
Now when I travel, for the most part, I am carrying different things. Mostly because the larger trips I take now are with my family. So now I carry cameras and a computer to transfer the pictures to and of course to blog. But, I don’t carry as much technology as I used to years ago.
The balancing act is interesting, and one that would be very different today. I would most likely carry my iPad, cellular phone, and laptop. But, back in the day, I carried a laptop that was between 9 and 10 pounds. Now the entire weight of all three is less than 8 pounds. Add to 1 pound GPS and the cellular phone from back in the day and I am carrying between3 and 4 pounds less. I don’t have all the batteries I used to carry, don’t need them as much as I did.
All of that leading me back to my original question. What are the ten five devices you have to have with you?
- Cellular phone
- Charging cable
I would probably not carry much more, although I might pending the length of the flight carry an extended life battery. There is something about landing with cellular battery at 10% that makes me nervous. But I realized ½ way through this article I would only carry five devices now. I guess things have changed a lot!