Travel Math: 3 Devices for Any Trip

3 Devices For Any Trip Rule

I love a math formula. I also love packing.

And when these two random loves collide, I’m a very happy traveler. And an even better prepared one.

I’ve shared my favorite packing formulas before  – for your shoes, bags, and even accessories.

And now, I’m bringing my love for numbers to your gadgets.

While Einstein postulated that E=mc squared, I believe that E(lectronics) = 5 essentials = 3 variable + 2 standard.

Depending on the trip, you’re going to pack a:

Which one you pick depends on two factors – the type of trip, and the duration of your travel time.

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Over-the-ear headphones vs. earbuds

I’m a fan of my earbuds, and will usually stick with them.

That is, unless I’m on a long flight. Giant, noise-cancelling headphones are my only savior (along with some movies or an unwatched season of The Americans).

Multimedia Tablet vs. eReader

Confession – I bring my Kindle Voyage everywhere – in my bag when running around the city, on virtually every trip, and even when I’m walking around my home. I’m completely addicted to it.

I’ll do everything on my iPad – work, watch shows, read magazines – except for read books. When I’m in the middle of an addicting new novel, I’m on my Kindle. And because it’s so tiny, I keep it tucked in my in-flight essentials pouch.

Laptop vs. Tablet

Even though I’m able to do nearly everything on my iPad Pro that I can do on my laptop, I still prefer to bring my MacBook Air if I’m going to be working on a deck, designing elements, or the like.
Aka, any time I’m not on vacation. But when I’m traveling on a long-haul flight, I’ll typically leave my laptop in my bag and keep my iPad on hand. Once when the battery is dead or the shows are watched will I swap it for my computer to work.

Charge It Up

Regardless of the trip (a quick train ride to PA, a long haul flight to Australia), I will always pack a portable battery and a multi-USB plug adapter.

It’s a small investment (in space and in money) that pays off huge.

Remember that 15 hour flight to Australia with no in-seat power or entertainment? I was totally fine, and it’s because I followed this electronics formula to a T.

And, you know, wine.

How do you edit down your electronics for travel? Got any tips or tricks for doing so? COMMENT below and let us know. Sharing is caring.

P.S. – how to pack your electronics with ease.

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  • Tammy

    Electronics list for business travel:
    1. 15″ Macbook Pro with Retina – I would LOVE to have a smaller laptop. However, I work in a technical role and need a laptop with some more oomph.
    2. Kindle Paperwhite
    3. Apple Earpods – the ONLY ones that fit my ears and stay in.
    4. Anker 2nd-Gen Astro E5 High-Capacity 16750mAh – I have pack power for both my boyfriend and I so we always need a beefy battery pack.

    I’ve tried the Dagne Dover Tote and the Lo & Sons OG but haven’t had much success with either for business travel. The Dagne Dover was too heavy and structured to fit under the seat in the plane w/o squishing it. I took a chance on the OG but still couldn’t get it to properly fit my 15″. My best solution so far? The Lululemon Cruiser backpack that I got with an awesome discount fits all my electronics plus all my personal items were your packing lists. Not the best looking backpack but I don’t met with clients often so my comfort is way worth it.

    I’m eyeing the Lo & Sons Seville now! I’ve contemplated an Everlane backpack but I would definitely have to use pouches to keep it organized.

    Electronics list for personal travel:
    1. Kindle Paperwhite
    2. Apple Earpods
    3. Anker battery pack
    4. GoPro (I keep extra mounts and accessories in my suitcase)

    For personal travel, I generally use my Longchamp tote with the Lo and Sons The Pearl or my Lululemon backpack. I have a few personal trips coming up so hopefully I can take another stab with the OG bag.

    I store my packing lists in Evernote. For each trip, I’ll create a copy of a previous (or similar) trip then make adjustments from there. I always pack an extra lightning cable in my suitcase just in case I lose the one in my person item. I don’t own an iPad since I can’t justify the cost and most of my long haul flights are generally business related.

    • hithaonthego

      That’s awesome that you found a bag for your laptop! I know Jessie (another member of the HOTG superstar community) has the same size laptop, and found that it fit inside the Cuyana tote with a case for it. The Bartaile bag can also fit a 15″ laptop!

      And how good is the Lo & Sons Pearl? I’m obsessed with mine, and feel like I need to add the saffiano leather one to my arsenal.

      • Tammy

        Good call on the Cuyana tote! The full zip looks AMAZING. *Pins it to her pinterest to lust over* How are your experiences with the Cuyana tote? I’m worried about putting such a heavy laptop into a light tote bag fearing that it’ll damage it.

        I LOVE THE PEARL! I got the black saffiano leather last spring and am in love. My heart broke when the light grey came out. I need the light grey and/or the plum color.

        • hithaonthego

          I’ve filled that Cuyana tote to the brim for the past 2 years I’ve had it – and it still looks brand new. The quality is outstanding.

          The gray Pearl is at the top of my list! I’m taking it easy on fashion-related purchases right now, but that bag keeps tempting me…

  • Hello from Warsaw! I’ve stopped traveling with my iPad mini as it just takes up space and weight for too little utility. My electronics:

    – ancient MacBook Pro (must upgrade soon!)
    – work phone + cable + adapter + Euro adapter
    – personal phone + cable + adapter + adapter
    – Kobo (teeny tiny!) + cable
    – Earbuds, always. Over-the-ear just don’t fit in my bag

    • hithaonthego

      Nice! My MacBook Air is on its last legs too :(

  • I’m a huge fan of ultra-portability so my devices are as small as possible. Depending on the trip, I take either:

    1. Asus T100TA: It’s a tiny Windows hybrid tablet/notebook. I love that I can open and use Office but it still works as a touch screen.

    2. Kindle: If I’m going on a long vacation or a long flight, I have to bring my Kindle. The e-ink technology is much easier on my eyes.


    3. Asus 8″ MeMOPad: If it’s a short trip, I just pack this little tablet and my iPhone. I have the Kindle app on the tablet so I can enjoy books and movies without killing my shoulders.

    No matter how long the trip I always bring a backup power supply. Sitting on the floor in the airport waiting for your phone to charge is no fun.

    • hithaonthego

      I don’t even leave my house without my Kindle – it’s so nice to have a device with only one function. It keeps me focused (for once).

      A backup power supply is SO necessary.