Vicki Holt, the CEO of the digital manufacturing company Protolabs, spends quite a bit of her time on the road. Her business not only has multiple offices in the U.S. but also in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France and Japan. And of course, she visits all these global offices when necessary. So she has come up with some useful travel hacks, such as filling downtime during while she’s on the road or in the air. “An entrepreneur must always be up to speed on emerging trends,” Holt explains. “Pick one trend and download some articles, podcasts or books which intersect your business ideas.”
But what about accessories and tools for business travel? What gear will make your trip more productive? Let’s take a look at six to add to your packing list:
Go4Pwr Power Bank 10000mAh Portable Charger
“When traveling for business, it’s easy to get caught up in distractions and lose sight of the nearest charging station, which can add unnecessary stress on the road,” says Dr. Ken MacWilliams, CEO at Yield Engineering Systems. “So I always have a 10,000mAh Power-bank handy.” This is a device for high-speed charging (at about 1.4 times faster than a standard system) and two USB ports.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
“I rely on my Bose noise-cancelling headphones to stay focused,” says Sam Pillar, CEO and cofounder of Jobber. “Putting them on instantly cuts out all the distractions around me so I can really hone in on my work and get the most out of my flight.” The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones has a dual-microphone system for clearer sound and there are personalized settings via a mobile app. There is also integration with Alexa along with audio AR (Augmented Reality).
Nest Cam Security Camera 3 Pack Indoor
Whenever Joanna Shevelenko—COO of Atrium, a law firm for startups–travels, she has a routine. She packs snacks, cash for tipping, battery packs and an outlet adapter (for international travel). But as a mom, Shevelenko also wants to make sure she is in touch with her family. She uses the Nest Cam, which has a magnet stand and a wall mounting plate. “It helps me lessen the worry at home when traveling for work,” Shevelenko says, and helps her get some face time with loved ones.
Tumi Alpha 3 Hanging Travel Kit
Always forget your favorite perfume or shaving cream? To avoid this, use this well-designed Hanging Travel Kit by Tumi to fit all your essentials in a compact and lightweight bag. It’s designed to sit upright on surfaces or hang on a towel rack within the bathroom. This hanging capability is a lifesaver if your hotel room has a tiny restroom. The main compartment has a U-shaped zipper flap that allows you to easily organize and access your toiletries. The kit is made of ballistic nylon and leather—while the interior has anti-bacterial lining.
Speaking of anti-bacteria, stave off in-flight bugs with a healthy dose of vitamin C. “When it comes to packing, if it doesn’t fit into my carry-on, it doesn’t make it on the trip,” says Patrick Maloney, CEO and founder of the renewable energy startup Inspire. And one of the things he never travels without is the Emergen-C Immune+.
It includes 30 packets—at .32 ounces each—to create powder drinks (you can keep the mix in your carry-on and it dissolves quickly in water). With each, there are servings of Vitamin D and C as well as nutrients and antioxidants.
eBags Classic Packing Cubes for Travel
A great way to pack efficiently is to use cubes, which allows for putting outfits together. These bags help you get maximum use out of your suitcase, keeps your outfits organized and prevents any digging around for the right article of clothing. Best of all, the mesh lining is delicate on fabric and helps prevent wrinkles. A good option for a packing cube is eBags Classic Packing Cubes for Travel. It comes with six containers that have self-healing zippers. The mesh also makes it easy to identify the clothes.