So yesterday we started a series on travel and we focused on staying healthy on the road with some quick product tips, things that I use every trip to stay fit. A couple of things I didn’t mention were that I follow a mainly Ketogenic/Slow Carb Diet as popularized by Tim Ferris in the 4 Hour Body. So plenty of water and (s)low carb and protein shakes work for me. I’ll be writing more about travel and fitness, tech and the things I’ve tried that work for me and why later. Until then, feel free to send in any questions.
[su_spoiler title=”A Quick Aside About Me”]A quick note about me. I’m 6’2′ and about 190lbs (1.85m and 86kg). I work out on average about 3 times a week, sometimes more some times less depending on schedule. All hard to maintain on the road. You know, the work life balance thing everyone tells you you need to have. Exercise and health are a much a mental game as they are physical games you play. Do what works for you and guess what: it will work.[/su_spoiler]
For Part 2 of this series, we’re going to focus on stuff. Some functional stuff, some techy stuff, but mostly on details. We’ll get into details of process in later posts. The things we need to get out of the way right now is where does all of that stuff I mentioned last post go and what new goodies are we in store for?
I’m glad you asked.
[su_heading size=”18″ align=”left”]Tech Gear[/su_heading]
Let’s start by saying that I’m carrying a lot of baggage. Or at least I was. I’ve gone through backpacks, shoulder bags, sling bags, duffel bags, and other bags that I’ve entertained but have not worked out for what I needed (now donated to a good cause). That was until I was introduced to a wonderful company called Timbuk2. I now own several of their bags and I can’t say enough about them. Roomy, thoughtful, and quite simply the most functional well made bags I have ever used. Where I was buying a new bag every year, I have had the very same Command TSA-Friendly Messenger bag for over 4 years. Comfortable straps, well organized pockets, and expandable. It’s a good, one or two night bag, for those short trips. Laptop, batteries, tablet device, pens, paper, ink, hard drives, passport, keys, water bottle, and so on and on and on. When I first used it, stuffed it and ran off for a two west coast trip, it was like the rabbit in the hat. Timbuk2 even makes a camera insert called Snoop that allows you to safely transport your gear without worry. Another one of the reasons that I own two.
As a media guy I carry a lot of drives. Drives are important to me. And the Timbuk2 bag has a couple of slots that I use to carry two mobile hard drives to augment my storage and organizational needs. Seagate makes a great quick USB 3 drive that I use to port info, organize, draft, etc. They come in a couple of colors that I assign to Quarters (Blue Q1, Red Q2, Black Q3, Silver Q4).
Power on the go is also an issue. Not very hotel has enough outlets, or in the right place, and don’t get me started on airports. So instead of begging or having to do some weird phone yoga on messy airport floors, a portable power source is the way to go. At 2.4Amps per port, a nice fast charge several times your portable devices is in your pocket.
And while reading on your phone is great, it gets to be an eye strain with the glare, etc. So unless you’re an iPhone user and are looking to get a popSlate2, the Kindle Paperwhite Edition is a great reader for all of your books. eInk is less power hungry and the readability can’t be beat. Slim enough to fit in a side pocket, or interior pocket of your new Timbuk2 Command Messenger, it’s a wonderful addition to your tech arsenal.
Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle including Kindle Paperwhite 6″ E-Reader with Special Offers, Amazon Leather Cover – Onyx Black, and Power Adapter
As always, comments welcome. More and more travel gear and tech to come.