As I prepare for the summer travel season, which to me means as much business travel as that for pleasure, I’ve decided to write a series on the subject.
That said I don’t travel as much as I used to, but that just means that I travel somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000 miles a year. Over the past few years I actually flew out of JFK in NYC enough to recognize the security people at the airport.
I travel enough that I know what seats I want when I fly—and I typically use miles to upgrade. So I know exactly what seats are the best, and sorry but I’m not sharing that information. I don’t need any extra competition in getting the choice spots on the planes.
But even more importantly, I’ve learned how to travel smart. In fact, it annoys me that I’m repeatedly asked and told, “Do you have a laptop in your bag? You need to take it out.” I know all the rules on liquid items, and shoe removal. I won’t rant about those annoyances, but suffice it to say I personally believe none of it makes us even one percent safer but it makes people just believe they are safer.
So I know how to travel efficiently as well. This also means I know that bringing a small laptop for a short trip where I have to do a little reporting but will have access to a desktop is a smart move. If on the other hand I need to do a lot of writing on my laptop, and I won’t have access to another PC, I typically bring a laptop that I find more comfortable to use.
The same goes with headphones—I am a self-admitted control freak. I have headphones in all shapes and sizes, but I never listen to two seconds or more of music on a plane. I will watch movies on my laptop, but only if I know I don’t need to use the laptop right after I land. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had meetings with someone who just flew in and has to apologize that “the battery is dying.” Gee, you didn’t think planning ahead for the meeting, and maybe skipping a movie?
But back to the headphones: I have headphones that I think are ideal for movies on a plane. The headphones are also not exactly small or compact. They’re good for travel until I need to lug them around with too much other stuff. So if I need to pack ultra light or bring smaller headphones.
The point is that I pack according to the needs when it comes to electronics. I only bring an Mp3 player if I know I have time to work out. I almost always make time to work out, but there are times where I do a turnaround trip in the same day or have a single night stay over. So if the running shoes don’t go, neither does the Mp3 player. I will bring multiple cellular phones, just because I don’t know about coverage where I’m going and it never hurts to stay connected. I will also bring USB thumb drives so I can back up anything, which I always recommend while traveling.