I'm lying in a generic USA hotel room, two double beds, refrigerator, air conditioner, bathroom, etc, etc. You get the picture, I'm on a business trip to see my new employer Teamstudio. But, it's 05:30 in the morning and I've just woken up from a blissful and calm nights sleep even though there is a noisy refrigerator humming, buzzing and gurgling away, the intermittent very load air conditioner unit and this sort of traffic going past the window constantly.
Why this calm and blissful state I find myself in, even though I know the jet-lag is going to be hellish later? How have I just slept through all of that?
#1 - Simple solutions to simple problems. Earplugs. I don't travel without them. You can pick them up from most pharmacies and some airlines provide them on overnight flights. If you ever try them and they are uncomfortable or feel too big, then get a sampler pack and try some different sizes. (links at the bottom)
Then my mind gets to wandering and wondering and I’m thinking about all the other stuff I can't or won't travel without these days. I've done a bunch of business travel in the last 20 years, but never more than I’ve don in the last 10 months. Regular weekly trips to Dublin on a contract, at least 3 trips to the USA and 1 to the Netherlands and I realise that I have built up a small arsenal of essentials. This gives me great inner peace, knowing that I have the things I need when I need them.
So here are most of the things I won't travel without, why and how to find them.
#2 - Tins from London Developer Co-op give-aways. I had no idea what these are called or how to buy one as I was given both of mine by LDC. These are used by RAF pilots or may even be ration tins, I don't really know. What I do know is that they are made of aircraft grade aluminium and shut tight. I have two but here's what I manage to stuff into one of them.
There is a link at the bottom to Amazon where you can buy one.
At the end of the week and this post series, there will be a competition to win one of the original London Developer Co-op tins that you can then use for all your essential stuff.
I want to go through some of the things in the tin with you later in the week, but for now here's the last thing I want to share today.
#3 - This is not only good for travel but very useful at home. I'm going to have to invest in another one of these for my home office I think. These nifty plugs have four USB power outlets on them and they are all 2amps, so can power 4 phones or tablets at the same time. If you are anything like me you have more than one device that needs charging overnight so having to carry just one plug instead of 4 or more is a great saving on space and weight when travelling. It also saves on having to bring loads of adapter plugs for the country you are going to. Don't worry that it's only UK, it works in other countries to and you may be able to find one specific to your country.