This little series of posts looks at the most efficient way to travel with your Apple devices. I am on the road often, flying across Europe and doing the odd trip to the US. When I travel I like to keep things light, but functional. Over the past 10 years I have learned many lessons and have incrementally improved by electronic travel setup. These posts cover aspects of my setup and those of fellow nerds.
I like to close this series with a summary of my entire travel setup which takes my Apple devices and me around Europe and beyond. This overview includes a few smaller helpers I have not covered before in the series, most of which help me deal with the non-digital aspects of work and travel. Everything you find listed here lives in my Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Messenger bag (size M) still leaving plenty of space for anything else I might need or pick up during my travels.
- Cheap (because I lose them all the time), but good pens - I go with the Pilot G2 ink roller ball pens
- A set of colour gel pens from Muji with matching case that allow me to sketch note meetings in my Moleskine journal
- My extra power on the go is the Mophie Juice Pack Air, recharging both my iPhone or iPad mini if no power is around
- A set of three Muji zip pockets that organise some of my travel documents (loyalty cards, passport, vaccination pass, …), foreign currencies and expense receipts that I collect
- A big "IN" folder I use ever since I picked it up at the public GTD seminar of David Allen I attended in Munich some years back. It collects all physical inputs that cross my path during my travels
- I cannot live without good music and I need proper headphones – not some tiny in-ears – to get the bass sound I enjoy. I went with the Audio Technica ATH M50 which are somewhat bulky and have no fancy noise-cancelling (and hence no additional batteries to charge) but deliver a great boom
- All my special travel cables are stored in a little Timbuk2 Clear Flexito Toiletry Kit (size S)
- Sun glasses, you know.
- My Apple power supply enhanced with the PlugBug
- The badge that gives me access to my companies offices around the world 24/7
- Spending quite some time on the phone when on the road I tried all sorts of headset (and bluetooth ones are the worst) and finally settled with the Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset - not for music, just for phone calls and the one or the other podcast
- My Montblanc wallet holds all cards I only require occasionally, the four I need frequently are in my iPhone Wallet Case
- My current Apple gear is a MacBook Air 11", iPad Mini 32GB Cellular and an iPhone 5 32GB
- Not pictured: My Sony RX100 Point-and-Shoot camera - maybe the best compact one you can get at the moment
With the exception of the MBA, which is soon to be refreshed by my employer with the most recent 13" version, I am extremely happy and feel rather complete with this setup. Since I spent quite some years to improve it, I hope you enjoyed my little series of posts about it and found some inspiration for your own.