What’s in His Bag: ‘Less is More’ When Traveling with Tech

This is a guest blog post from St. Louis-based podcaster, speaker, writer and editor Kevin Harvell. When he’s not listening to Beatles music or enjoying some good food and a beer, you can find him at TheTechInformist.com and on Twitter at @KevinHarvell.

This year, I’ve had the opportunity to travel a lot more for my work. Between various speaking engagements, panels, workshop participation and jetting off to a new city for a tech-related conference, I’ve learned one important lesson when traveling with tech: less is more. Here is a peek into what was in my tech bag on my recent trip to Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) tradeshow:

  • Surface Pro 3 - In order to get my work done online and stay connected with my family and colleagues back home, I travel with the Surface Pro 3. This tablet-laptop hybrid excels on the road as it’s thin, light, durable and offers several hours of battery life. I try to keep my travel bag as light as possible, and the Surface Pro 3 barely takes up any space in my carry-on bag.
  • iPhone 6I can’t imagine a day without my iPhone 6. It does everything I need while on the go. It’s my phone, radio, calendar, alarm clock, camera and so much more! When I’m traveling, I do everything from check-in to my flights using various airlines apps to using my Yelp! app to find a recommendation for a highly-rated local eatery.  
  • Zeus 4500mAh charging pack – Traveling often keeps me far from an outlet and there is nothing worse than getting that dreaded notification that your device’s battery is low. Traveling with a charging pack has been a life saver while on the road!

For me, this is the right amount of “stuff.” It’s not too much that it weighs me down as I travel from workshop to workshop, but it’s enough to help me keep my blog and other online projects running. It also keeps my bag from becoming a big mess of chargers and cables that seem to tie themselves into knots overnight.

This is what works for me, but choosing the right technology for you to travel with doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Limiting yourself to what you truly need will give you all the benefits that technology can bring while avoiding most of the downsides. Although I consider myself a tech guru, it’s best to keep it simple while on the go.