The year of 2012 will be the first year that I’m expecting to fly over 100,000 miles. So far I’ve got three flights to Seattle that have happened or are scheduled. Four flights to Europe planned, random flights to Orlando, Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Tuscon (among others).
In 2011 I did pretty good at about 52,000 miles during the year. I get pretty amazed by all the crap that I have crammed in my laptop bag. If you’ve ever wondered just what it takes to get me around the world and back again without going stir crazy here’s what is in my laptop bag.
- Laptop (obviously)
- Laptop Power cable
- iPad cable and charger
- Kindle (with probably 70 or 80 books on it including mine)
- Kindle / cell phone cable and charger
- HDMI cable
- Business cards
- Travel Powerstrip (I’ve been in more than one hotel room which have only one power outlet available)
- SQL Excursion stickers
- Laptop headset
- Airplane power inverter
- Cell phone dash board cradle
- Flip camera
- Presenter Clicker & spare batteries
- Cough drops
That’s about it. You’ll notice a few things that you might expect to see that you don’t, like paper, pens, etc. as I rarely travel with paper and pen any more as I use my iPad for note taking at conferences, meetings, etc. When I carried paper with me, it usually went in a pretty nice looking leather folder it actually reduced quite a bit a weight when I removed the paper and pens.
Now getting all this stuff through security can be a royal pain some times. Best case getting all this passed the idiots highly professional personal at TSA means throwing the laptop in one bin, iPad and kindle in a second bin and shoes, belt, jacket, etc. in a third bin. However on occasion I get a TSA monkey agent who decides that all the cables in my laptop bag are an issue and they decide to dismantle my laptop bag to make sure that all the cables are acceptable for getting on the plane. You see I have all the cables wrapped with Velcro strips so that I can keep the cables from getting all over the place and keep them from taking up to much space.
And of course none of this includes clothing, SWAG, or anything else in my normal luggage.