productivity travel appIn just a few short weeks I will be traveling to Italy for the Artists Retreat.  I can’t wait to join together with artists to be inspired, and work with others like myself who are making their dreams and ideas come to life.  Being in Italy for a week is a dream, but even though I’ll be in a beautiful foreign country, I know I still need to be productive.  Here are some tools and gadgets I use to make sure travel doesn’t stop me from being industrious even while overseas.

  • Apple iPad — What a great way to have everything you need at your fingertips, while not straining your bicep muscles carrying all your luggage AND a heavy laptop.  The iPad is incredibly versatile and will allow me to tweet, read, write, and stay in contact while I’m away.
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13” — I have nothing against PCs or netbooks, but my MacBook and I have taken many successful trips together, so why mess with a perfect partnership? It’s not as small as a netbook, but just as convenient and is perfect for those times when I need more than what my iPad can give me, such as when I want to work on my book while sitting at one of those amazing Italian cafés.
  • Dropbox — I use this on a regular basis to transfer files to people, store files for myself, and create links to my files.  I’ll be sure to add all the information I need before leaving for easy access.
  • Small Notebook — While I am almost always with a device that requires a battery, sometimes it’s nice to know that if I haven’t charged up in awhile, I still have a place to record my thoughts, write down a phone number, or have a sheet of paper on hand.  Plus, they are so light, there’s no excuse not to carry one. Every artist and thinker should have one in their pocket or bag at all times.
  • Kensington iPhone Battery Pack and Charger — In addition to my iPad, I am always in possession of my iPhone.  But there is no use for a dead iPhone which is why this battery pack and charger is so wonderful.  It allows me to charge my phone when I otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
  • Travelpro Crew 8 Expandable Rollaboard Suitcase — This is the updated version of the very same suitcase George Clooney used in the movie ‘Up in the Air’.  It basically has two great features.  One, it can fit a week’s worth of clothing in it if I pack just right.  Two, it fits in the overhead bin.  It’s a win-win for me.
  • Able Planet’s Clear Harmony Noise Canceling Headphones — When boarding a plane there are a few things that I look for, and the first is a crying baby. If I see one, I know to be glad I brought with my noise canceling headphones. A long plane trip can be a great time to get some uninterrupted work time and I want to make sure I can block out the unwanted noise if necessary.
  • What apps do you use while traveling? How are you most productive while on the road? We would love to hear from you.

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