We expect to be gone for more than 12 months and are departing for our adventure on January 2nd, 2013. Because we will be traveling for my work on Marina.io (more about this startup mentioned in this post), malady I have to pack my “office” in a backpack. I used Evernote to write out my packing list and have my packing list separated into five sections:
- Work Equipment
- Clothing for our family
- Toiletries & personal care items
- Travel documents
- Entertainment items & toys
- Snacks for traveling
1. Work Equipment
For me, viagra this is the most essential part for what I need to run my current business, Town Web Design, and to develop the Marina Reservation System of Marina.io. It consists of the following essentials:
- Macbook Pro retina (late 2013 model)
I opted for the 256 GB hard drive because 128 GB wouldn’t be enough for me. I am not going to be doing much video editing, so I went with the standard 8 GB of RAM versus splurging for the 16 GB.
- iPhone 5
32 GB. The new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c came out in Fall 2013, and I was able to buy a slightly older and unlocked Verizon version of the iPhone 5 from a reputable seller on eBay for around $350.
- Charger & cables
This includes one lightening charger for the iPhone, USB/iPad cable for my iPad 3, and a USB to mini-USB. The AmazonBasics lightening charger that I linked to is the exact same one I bought. It has a ton of 5-star reviews and the price is now only around $11.00 for the 3 ft cable. It is also a thick rubber cable which I expect to last longer than the original Apple version. The only poor reviews about this cable that I noticed on Amazon were about the width of the plastic housing around the end that plugs into the iPhone. People said they had to shave it down for it to fit their iPhone case. It worked for me without any modification, but I had a rubber/plastic cover for my iPhone.
- Yubi Key
Because of traveling internationally and with the risk of having all my accounts linked, I use the combination of LastPass and the Yubi Key to ensure that access to my web sites is secure and authenticated by me.
- Small Journal. I write down my daily work activities in a 5.5″ x 8″ journal. Sometimes this is an Evernote journal.
- Variety of Nice Pens. When writing things down, it’s really a pleasure to use nice writing instruments. I was fortunate enough to receive an awesome Fischer Space Pen. It is shaped like a small torpedo and is metallic, so I hope it does not cause any problems while going through airport security (!)
- Universal Adapter
This is an essential item to have when traveling. This item had high reviews on Amazon and for just $3.25/each, I bought one for myself and one for my wife. It was shipped from Hong Kong so make sure to buy one well before your travels.
- Plantronics Audio 478 Stereo USB Headset
This is another very essential item to bring with and it does not cost a lot of money. The headset is a simple over-the-ear headset and has a noise-canceling microphone to allow for better quality calls. It also folds down and comes with its own pouch for nice packing
- iPad. I have an iPad 3, 16 GB, and am using it less and less since getting an iPhone. I like using it for my MindMapping software (I prefer to use iThoughtsHD), but find the iPad a bit bulky now for day-to-day use. Instead, it is becoming used more and more by my son, ZamZam, who watches cartoon videos on YouTube.
- Case Logic DLBP-114 Backpack. I have the 14″ model, which is very well suited for fitting all the above essentials without being bulky. I really like the separate pockets, and the quick adjusting straps are great since I use this backpack in all seasons and can adjust it easily if I’m wearing a thick winter jacket or just a T-shirt. If I could buy it over again, I’d buy the red color version so that it would stand out more.
2. Clothing for Our Family
In order to ensure that we do not overpack by bringing things that we will not really use that often, or which we can find substitutes in the destination countries, we are just going to bring the things that we need for one week. After all, we are going to do laundry in our destination, so there is no need to bring more than five days worth of clothes.
3. Toiletries & personal care items
We are bring some Advil and dental floss, because it’s not always easy to find these items. I am also a fan on shaving the old fashioned with with a DE razor, so I’m packing several dozen DE razor blades and some shaving soap.
4. Travel documents
5. Entertainment items & toys
ZamZam received some Thomas the Train and wooden tracks for Christmas. So we are bringing a bunch of these along for him to play with for our travels.
I’m bringing my Kindle. Janeth is bringing a MacBook Air so she can watch her Filipino TV shows over the internet, Facebook, and chat with her family in Zamboanga City, Philippines.
6. Snacks for traveling
For the first part of our journey, we are bringing the following:
- Gum for ZamZam to chew in the plane ride so he doesn’t have pain in his ears
- Ritz crackers because ZamZam needs something to snack on in between regular meals
- Cereal in a bag for a variation of his snacks
- Several yoghurts
- Apples to eat in the airport