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I’m getting ready to go to San Diego for the BlogHer Conference this week, and I’m running around trying to get packed so I don’t have to do it all the night before.
OK, who am I kidding? I’ll be the one packing at 3am.
However, I do have a method to my madness, and since I travel a good bit, I’ve got my routine down and I have a few things I do/pack that make my life on the road a little easier:
1. Trash bag for dirty clothes - I always bring a trash bag for dirty clothes and I fold my dirty clothes as I go, especially if I’m flying and am gone several days, it really cuts down on the time spent trying to get it all back in the suitcase to come home the night before you leave.
2. Always have a power strip - Hotel rooms can have odd configuration of power outlets, and if you’re staying with other people, there may not be enough by the time everyone plugs in all their gadgets. I always carry a power strip (the longer cord the better), and it live in my suitcase when I’m not using it.
3. Conference bag - I have a sturdy tote bag that I take to all conferences and events. It’s large enough to hold everything I may need for an entire day, including my camera and mini-PC so I don’t look like a bag lady with several things slung across my shoulder.
I keep a set of business cards, pens, paper and and other doo-dads that I find myself transferring back and forth from my purse when I use that bag. They just live in there so they’re ready to go when I use the bag.
4. Contain cords and accessories - Since I have a lot of miscellaneous power cords and accessories, I keep a small make-up bag in my purse that houses ear phones, phone power cord, phone battery cases and screen wipes.
It’s a good way to make sure you have that stuff with you when you need it, and it disguises it from the shorter, cord-stealing iPod owners in the house.
5. Back-up phone power - I usually carry 2 charged battery cases for my iPhone, because, well…it’s an iPhone.
It may seem like overkill, but I tell ya, that compulsion saved me about a year ago when we were trapped in our neighborhood for 4 days during the Nashville flood, and we had no power.
Share some tips about your travel routine. What things have you discovered to make it simpler?
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