Last week I went to Lisbon for a couple of days for a doctor’s appointment. As every time I leave my home to spend more than some hours working elsewhere I packed my “mobile office” into my backpack.
Not everyone knows what to do or start with when starting up their mobile office, so I decided to list all the things that make me feel “at home” while working somewhere else.
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The nitty-gritty of my mobile office – the tech stuff
Laptop – while every once in a while I prefer to go analog with my work and tunr the computer off, it’s not that often that I get to do it. 90-100% of my time I do use my MacBook Pro to work.
Mouse – this is the first and important. Ultimately just setting up my mouse already does wonders for feeling I am settling in for some serious work. I have used Logitech mice since college and still stick to them. As someone working with computers I can’t “afford” having issues with my hands or wrists. I’ve used Logitech MX Performance for lots of years (had two already) and have now upgraded to Logitech MX Master 3
Headphones – I’ve used these Sennheiser SC30 since day 1 at Automattic and they’ve worked flawlessly since ever – so while they do I’ll be sticking to these
Laptop stand – This (together with the keyboard) is the second step to a proper posture while working anywhere. Having the laptop screen at the same height of my eyes which is the recommended height of any screen you look at for some period of time. A stand allows me to elevate my laptop so it can be at my eyes level. I have had my Roost stand for more than two years now and have no complaints at all
Keyboard: I use the fairly regular apple magic keyboard (with the Portuguese layout though) both at home and while traveling. I find that it suits me and is really light weight for travel
MacBook usb HUB – this is what I use to brings everything together. I possibly don’t need it (as the laptop has four USB-C ports) but i like to keep it organised . I have used this Satechi hub and it hasn’t failed me. It’s quite lightweight as well.
Privacy screen – any will do really. This I use mostly when working out of coffee houses or from busy co-working spaces.
Apart from this I usually take one external disk and loads of cables and that’s that!
The analog items
And there’s that! What about you? Is there something else you take when traveling for work (or working in a co-working space)?
Let me know in the comments if there’s anything that I am missing that makes you “feel at home” while on the road!