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.
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:
- 1 multimedia device (laptop vs. multimedia tablet)
- 1 small device (tablet vs. eReader)
- Headphones (over-the-ear headphones vs. earbuds)
Which one you pick depends on two factors – the type of trip, and the duration of your travel time.
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
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.
Illustrations by Laura Palmer
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