In this age, sometimes working in the office isn’t an option. A client needs you to come to them, and you aren’t the type to be cooped up in an office for hours, you have a business trip to a place where you have no central location option, or you are just a remote worker with a freedom to work anywhere as long as you have a web connection. In the end, having an on-the-go office is a necessity.
First thing is first, you have to decide what your needs are. What kind of business do you do? What kind of supplies are are typically required? Are there compact options available? What exactly does your travel office require?
Remember, a travel office shouldn’t be bulky and should not have EXTRA supplies you THINK you might need. Every item should be in your kit simply because your experience has shown you these are your crucial needs. Take a minimalist perspective to figure out what is necessary. Try to go for a bag ( laptop, messenger, or stylish backpack) and a kit if needed. Add and take from your travel office as needed.
For my work, I know my travel office depending on what I’m doing that day, will need minimally my laptop/tablet bag that can carry those objects and a notepad, tape measure, charger, and business card. That is basic and can go into a single bag.
Here are some potential items you may need:
- Laptop or tablet
- Pens or pencils
- Business card
- Pocket notebook
- Folder(s) with required documents/ cloud storage connection
Kits can be made by utilizing rolling chest, rolling carts. Some professions even have kit cases that are made specifically for that industry, ready to order, and sometimes customizable.
Digitize as much as possible.
Microsoft has OneDrive, and OneNote is especially useful.
Google, similarly, has Google Drive.
Have a stocking station, whether, at your home office or work office, that has all of your extra supplies. When you go over your week’s or travel schedule, be sure to note what supplies you may need to add or take out.
Suggestions by Arthur Hyatt
Toshiba Satellite L50-CBT2NX4 Laptop
Inspiron 17 5000 Series Non-Touch
Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series (128GB)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – 128GB / Intel Core i5
ASUS VivoTab Smart
Ideapad Y700 (14″) Laptop