When travelling for business, having the right technology and accessories to make your trip hassle-free, successful and productive can make all the difference. Most well seasoned business travellers already know what their favourite items to travel with are, however this list of essential travel accessories will boost your travel experience to a truly executive level.
Flying is usually the largest and most disruptive part of any business traveller’s itinerary. For the employee of a global business, much of their working life will be spent on planes. It’s impossible to overemphasise the benefits of a high quality pair of noise cancelling headphones, as they allow you to block out ambient noise, increase the intensity and interest of your music or movies, and most importantly, allow you to have an uninterrupted sleep, as they will block out the background engine noise of the aircraft. As a result, you’ll reach your destination feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
A travel wash bag differs to your usual wash bag, as it’s smaller, sturdier and more compact. Taking miniature sized toiletries is highly preferable to full-sized ones when travelling, and many travel wash bags also have essentials kits that include nail clippers, combs, and other personal grooming accessories.
Slim and powerful, an iPad or other tablet allows you to store and access important documents reading material while you’re travelling, as well as acting as a portable entertainment portal. It is almost as good as a PC or laptop for checking your emails, and you can maintain communication with friends and family back home easily.
When travelling, your tablet is even more likely to be bumped, dropped and left to fend for itself in a suitcase. Protect your tablet with a Targus tablet case. The VersaVu has a smart-fit 360° rotating tray, offering portrait & landscape viewing that clicks securely around your iPad to protect the front, back and sides from bumps, drops and scratches.
The expert business traveller should always have a light, sturdy and compact bag that fits easily into the overhead compartment of the plane. Being able to grab your bag and disembark quickly can make travel much less painful. If you do need to check in your luggage for a longer length business trip, be sure to secure it with a unique, brightly-coloured tag for easy identification.
Unfortunately, planes are often subject to turbulence, with a bump ride making it difficult to use your tablet efficiently and effectively onboard. A stylus allows you to handle your tablet with precision, and can prevent fatigue and hand cramps. Having a spare stylus is a wise move for the experienced traveller, as they are very small, and therefore easy to lose.
A 4-port USB hub will help you connect your peripherals more easily when you set up your mobile workstation, and will allow you to charge all your devices from your laptop at once.This will save you time and hassle.
When travelling, it’s easy to lose track of the many different kinds of cables required for your laptops, phones and tablets. A travel docking station can save you the trouble of having to scramble around looking for the different cables you need, offering a single fast USB3.0 connection from your laptop to workspace peripherals. This will save you both space in your suitcase and time trying to organise the necessary cables.
Being able to make a professional impression at overseas meetings is crucial for a successful business trip. Having a micro USB Bluetooth adaptor will allow you to send and receive files, documents and images from other sources, even if the Bluetooth capabilities are limited. This will enable you to share all the necessary information and presentations with overseas colleagues.
Lengthy plane trips are the perfect opportunity to catch up on work and develop new ideas. Make sure your typing can keep up with your mind, by ensuring you take a portable keyboard with you. Often much easier to type on than the built-in provided laptop keyboard, a portable keyboard is a great option for those who need to utilise their time efficiently, and get work done no matter where they are.
It’s well known that using your laptop’s built-in trackpad for extended periods of time can put you at higher risk of injuries associated with repetitive strain. Having a portable mouse with you not only increases your efficiency when working and travelling, it’s better for you.
We all know airplanes can be cramped, meaning you’ll have to rest your laptop on your thighs when working in your seat. Having a chill mat to place under your laptop disperses the heat using dual fans, preventing the laptop from overheating and keeping you cool and comfortable. The chill mats are ergonomically designed with rubber stops to prevent them from slipping beneath your laptop, and are easy to charge by simply plugging them into your USB port on your computer.
Overseas trips are often made so that businesses can present their products or services to wider audiences and overseas clients. Being able to give engaging and smooth presentations is imperative, so you should always have a presenter tool in your bag. Having tools such as a side clicker and laser pointer will add a new dimension to the professionalism and effectiveness of your presentations.
Making sure you have a laptop charger with you is a pretty obvious necessity when travelling, however still very easy to forget. Having a charger that’s sturdy, yet slim and lightweight is perfect for having in your onboard baggage, especially for those long-haul flights.
When flying, you’re sitting in close proximity to people who are more often than not absolute strangers. This makes it all the more important to protect the confidentiality and nature of your work. A privacy screen not only blocks wandering eyes from reading your documents, it also doubles as a screen protector for your laptop or tablet. This gives you confidence in being able to open and view secure documents within compromising your privacy.
Being able to stay organised, work efficiently and effectively and deliver great presentations is the key to a successful business trip. These accessories will maximise your productiveness while travelling, as well as making sure you get some well-deserved rest as you jet-set the globe!