Travel Smart: 3 Tips for Organized Gadget Travel

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By Joshua Zerkel, Custom Living Solutions


I travel quite a bit for both business and for fun, and I can’t think of the last time I went somewhere without some tech in tow, whether a digital camera, my mobile phone, iPad, laptop or netbook, or some other gizmo. These devices are so much a part of our lives that it’s hard for us to go anywhere without them. But how can we take them with us in a way that makes sense, keeps them accessible and organized, and doesn’t leave us with a huge and heavy carry-on bag?

Consolidate. This may seem like strange advice coming from a huge gadget fan, but when traveling, my general philosophy is “the fewer devices, the better.” The less you bring with you, the fewer devices you have to worry about losing, the fewer chargers you need to bring, and less you have to carry. One way to bring less tech with you is to leverage something you probably already use all the time – your mobile phone. Your cell phone can do so much for you – and can save you tons of bulk during a trip by consolidating the functions of many other devices into one. Especially if you have a current smartphone, you can often leave your digital camera, mp3 player, portable video game, camcorder, and GPS unit behind. Granted, you may not get every single feature that you’d have with each and every individual device, but the benefit of leaving them at home is far less bulk, and less to lose. One note: if you’re traveling abroad, make sure to review your data service plan or turn off your data (just leave your phone in flight mode) to avoid exorbitant roaming charges.

Charge smart. It used to be that every device needed its own charger, which can add lots of bulk to your travel case. I remember the days when I’d bring a charger for my laptop, my camera, my cell phone, my mp3 player, and my portable video game – and I’d try to shoehorn it all into one small bag. By the time I was done, my carry-on would be filled with chargers and cords! Luckily, that’s no longer the case. Many current devices can be charged via the USB port on your computer, or via a wall charger with a USB port. Instead of carrying around a wall adapter for each device, instead carry one USB-equipped wall adapter, and use a USB charging cable for your device (most devices, including cell phones, mp3 players, and many digital cameras, already come with such a cable). If you’re bringing your laptop with you, you may not even need to bring the wall adapter at all!

Organize and contain. Even if you have whittled down your devices to just one or two and have consolidated your cables to the bare minimum, you’re still going to have to deal with what can often be a tangled mess. What you don’t want is to open your bag and have to untie a big knot of cables – that’s no way to get a trip started on the right foot! Instead, make sure you’re using the right tools to help organize your cables and keep your devices safe. You’ll want to make sure you have a space for each of your devices, along with any chargers, adapters, extra memory cards, and the like.

When I travel, I like to use the Grid-It ( system to help keep all my chargers and cables organized. What’s great about this particular system is that it’s flexible and adaptable to whatever combination of gizmos and cables you happen to have with you, and it holds your stuff securely. I also like the Kangaroom Personal Media Pouch ( which can hold your devices and cables and then can slip into your larger laptop bag or briefcase.

These days, we all travel with something that has a button or a battery. What do you do to keep your tech organized when you travel?


Business on the Go: A Guide for Managing Your Business on the Road

By James,


Business never sleeps, no matter how many red eye flights you catch. Stay one step ahead even when you’re hopping from country to country by choosing the best apps and software to help you manage your business on the go.

Find your nearest WiFi spot:

The number one essential for any business traveller, keep yourself connected with the help of apps that will pinpoint the nearest WiFi locations for you.

JiWire is an excellent locator for iPhones and WiFoiFoFum is a suitable scanner for Windows phones, and if you prefer to find somewhere to sit and enjoy a connection and a coffee, the Free WiFi Cafe Spots app for most smartphones is ideal.

Stay powered up:

There’s nothing worse than flat-lining your phone or netbook battery right when you’re in the middle of complicated negotiations, and when you’re running from meeting to meeting it can sometimes seem impossible to find a powerpoint.

Luckily on-the-go recharger packs have hit the highstreet, meaning it’s easy to stash a spare one in your bag. Try the iGo Anywhere line, or the new pocket charger range from Duracell.

Keep on schedule:

Got an evening call with an investor, flights to New York to catch in the morning and three emails to reply to before end of play? Make sure you don’t miss a trick by getting used to keeping your appointments and lists online.

For a to-do list that’s always in-sync and up to date, download Toodelo, which will make sure all of your tasks are collated and up to date. Find the best free online calendar for all your appointments – there are plenty to choose from – and know you’re always on schedule.

Speak the language:

If you have to travel for business a lot you’ll know how awkward it can be to negotiate necessities when you don’t speak a word of the language. While many countries speak English, you’re sure to find yourself in a situation where knowing a few basics proves beneficial.

Download an app like World Nomads or Linguo to help you make sure you at least know the basics, whether you are trying to order a coffee to keep you going or find directions to your next meeting.

Hold your meetings anywhere:

Need to be in two places at once? Make use of free tools like AnyMeeting and hold your business meetings remotely, no matter where you are.

Host webinars and collaborative meetings for up to 200 hundred people on the go, share your screen, choose video conferencing and record your meeting for future reference all online – meaning that as long as you have your laptop and a reliable web connection, you could be working from anywhere.

How Web Meetings Save You Money

Web meetings can save you some serious Benjamins

By Jenny Parker, W3Toledo

This is a special guest post by one of our AnyMeeting users. Want to write for the AnyMeeting blog? Get the details.


In today’s day and age, it seems that the prices of things just keep rising. From gasoline to milk and everything else in-between, it seems like there is no end to these price hikes, either. Although milk isn’t as much of a burden to people as gasoline might be, these price hikes will still generally affect the entire population. The rising gasoline prices are especially tough. They don’t even just affect drivers, but everybody who needs to travel, in general. Boats, planes and trains need gasoline, too, after all.

Businesses with numerous workers, branch offices, and clients in other parts of the world usually depend on regular business travel in order to maintain a good professional and productive relationship with their clients. However, since the costs are going up so quickly, it is progressively becoming harder to get things done in a cost-effective manner. So, the question is: can this problem be solved? Well, thanks to web meetings, it definitely can.

Web meetings in today’s day and age is definitely far more evolved compared to how it was back in the day. It has evolved from unreliable and fickle equipment, for one, into sleek software that is ready to perform with a mere touch of a button. Aside from the audio calls that people are most familiar with, web meetings have also become a vital asset to various kinds of businesses all over the world. After all, with regular office computers costing hundreds of dollars anyway, why shouldn’t you use this solution to make sure that you get the most out of your investments in the long run, right?

In the simplest terms, web conferencing merely requires a computer and an Internet connection. Although webcams are generally preferred, they aren’t actually required. However, in order to add a personal quality to meetings, they play a major part in what this type of conferencing has to offer. Overall, if you want to get a powerful communication tool that can expand your business reach to places all over the world, then you should opt for web conferencing, in general.

All of those things aside, you can also record and store replays of your conferences at your convenience if you want to. This will be especially useful for mobile workers, employees and clients in various time zones, as well as for anybody who might miss meetings because of unforeseen emergencies or illnesses. It is also good for mere information retention. All of this will depend on your choice of solution, though.

In the end, you simply have to consider the amount of money that you would spend on business-related travel. Since travel is so much more expensive nowadays, finding a communication tool that can help you in the long run would be the best solution overall.