The Presenter’s Tech Travel Kit – Single-Sourcing Blog by S3I

Summary: This post details what is in my Tech Travel Kit. As a frequent presenter, I want to be prepared for any situation and I want it to be easy to execute. It’s a long post, so take your …

Source: The Presenter’s Tech Travel Kit – Single-Sourcing Blog by S3I

I’ve met and seen Liz Fraley on the road, and she’s always prepared! While I know my kit isn’t this extensive (I don’t bring as many devices with me, for starters), I know that I’ve done my best to continue to build my own tech travel kit not only for presentations, but also to work in general, if needed!

Two items that I would add to Liz’s list, depending on how you do your tech while traveling:

a) Portable battery rechargers. In a pinch, if there are no readily available electrical sockets, I have my portable battery recharger. I simply connect the recharging cable to the device and the battery, and voila! I have one larger one that can charge two devices at once, and two smaller ones that are good for one phone charge each. I have another larger one, but that’s a backup to the backup! (Yes, when it comes to power usage, I like having redundancy available.)

b) While it’s a little clunky, if you want to remotely access your laptop that you left at home on your iPad, I recommend Splashtop. It’s free overall, but to access your computer it costs $2/month (that’s not much). You install something on your laptop, and you install the app on your iPad, and provided you’ve allowed an opening in the firewall of your network, you can access your laptop/desktop from home.  I did this during the STC Summit last month.  It wasn’t perfect, but I could still get several things done that I’d only be able to do on my laptop without having to lug that huge laptop around (I have a big developer’s laptop, so it’s not little).

Thanks for the article, Liz!

Do you have any other suggestions? Include them in the comments below.

–TechCommGeekMom

About TechCommGeekMom

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has recently started her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, and BASF North America, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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