With so many of us working from home or embracing the remote lifestyle now more than ever (with a large increase due to the pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named) it’s important to have the right travel tech and gear to keep you connected. The last thing you want is to have your Wi-Fi drop out or a battery die in the middle of that investment meeting!
While the dream of traveling the world and working from beach huts from Tahiti to Portugal may be currently out of the picture, time spent on road trips, in beach houses, camping and living the #vanlife is on the rise. If you’re planning to hit the open road but still need to get your work done it’s important you set yourself up for success. With the right car gadgets and travel tech it’s easy to stay connected and be tech-ready on the road. Let the Geeks show you how.
There are a crazy amount of car gadgets available on the market to keep you connected so remote work can remain seamless and simple. Business travel gadgets are on the rise as more and more people get out of the office and onto the open road. There’s lots of tech to choose from (and it can get a little overwhelming when it comes time to decide) but we feel there are a few items that are absolute musts. Get yourself these road trip necessities to make your travelin’ time stress-free and tech-tight.
A Power Bank
If you’re on the road, there is no way around it. You’re going to need a quality power bank. Ideally, you’re going to want one that’s easily portable, lightweight and has more than one USB port to allow charging for multiple devices, be it your phone, laptop or tablet. The better the battery, the more charges you can get out of it.
The RAVPower 26800 PD Portable Charger (say that 3x fast) is a great option whether you’re an iPhone or Mac user or a PC or android user. It offers a pretty quick charge and a USB-C output which is becoming standard these days. It has triple port charging capabilities and can get you multiple phone charges before having to give some power love to the bank itself. It also has the ability to charge some laptops. That being said, this is going to use up more juice, so plan wisely in terms of what devices need a boost of juice and when!
If you want to stay connected, getting yourself set up with portable Wi-Fi is an absolute must when it comes to business travel gadgets. The Huawei E8372 device works on the Exetel, Spintel and Telstra networks for easy connectivity for up to 5 devices. It’s a solid option being a lightweight, USB-C ‘plug and play dongle’ that hooks you up to 4G simply through your USB. Check out the different providers’ broadband plans to see which pricing works best for you.
Car Phone Mount
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the road, add a car phone mount to your list of road trip necessities and travel tech. This lets you stay connected, easily see your GPS and gives you easy access if you get a work call while you’re driving. Hands-free, friends. Be smart and be safe!
Check out the AUKEY Car Phone Mount for its adjustable arm and 360-degree rotation. It’s easy to set up and has a magnetic mount to attach to your window or dashboard.
If you’re spending a lot of time working remotely, chances are you prefer to get some of your work done on a laptop versus a tablet or mobile phone. Keyboards have their place in the world, you know what we mean? So if you’re packing a laptop, you need to keep it safe and functional.
Aside from making sure you’ve packed your charging cable, your battery is up to snuff and all of your passwords are set up and ready to go (always stay protected even if you plan to keep your laptop by your side at all times), there are a couple of other simple but important road trip necessities you should pack before you hit the wide-open road.
Quality Laptop Bag
Keeping your laptop protected when you’re constantly on the move isn’t easy for some. That’s why a quality laptop bag can make a big difference. The Matein Travel Laptop Backpack has a ton of storage space for your laptop as well as any notebooks, pens, keys and other business travel gadgets or necessities and it’s also padded (of course) and water-resistant. This bad boy also comes with a USB charger port. It doesn’t look too shabby, either.
USB Thumb Drive
As much as we rely on the cloud to keep our files safe and happy while we work, if you’re on the road or don’t have access to WiFi for a spell (and your laptop battery is blinking low!) going a little old school and having a USB thumb drive handy is a smart move. You can get these pretty much anywhere, nowadays. Hit your nearest OfficeWorks or Kmart and you’re golden. Plus, don’t thumb drives kind of make you feel like a tv or movie spy every time you stick them into your computer? Is that just us?
Need Help With Tech and Devices?
Planning to work on the road can be exciting, but if you’re not prepared and tech-ready, it can become a heck of a lot more stressful than freeing. If you have any questions about other travel tech gear or want to get your devices in tip-top shape before hitting the road, you know who to call – 1300 286 847. We love road trips.