1. Passport: Often taken for granted, I wouldn’t be going anywhere much if I didn’t have my passport. It’s amazing how many people I know who get ready to travel only to discover that they don’t know where their passport is OR that it’s out of date.
2. Blackberry Torch - Right now I’m resisting the pull of the iPhone and clinging on to my Torch. What I love about it is the slide out keyboard for email and twitter, and I now use it in place of a separate camera. I’m not a good photographer, so there’s no need for me to have a separate device for taking pictures.
3. iPad - If you’ve met me more than once, there’s a likelihood that my iPad will have been pulled out during one of our meetings to make notes on Evernote (see below), look something up online, or send a quick tweet. Love it, love it, love it!
4. Dell Adamo laptop - Yes, in addition to my iPad I DO travel with my laptop. The Adamo has a big screen and lots of oomph. At the moment an iPad just doesn’t replace a computer, so for blogging, using certain websites, editing, doing email at a reasonable speed, I need the Adamo.
5. Adaptor - In my travel bag there lives (amongst other things) a world-wide electrical adaptor. It’s bulky and it doesn’t look cool, but with my super-adaptor I’ve always been able to plug in wherever I am, and get my gadgets juiced up.
6. Dropbox - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Dropbox is genius. A free Dropbox account will allow you to create a folder on your computer that syncs with the Dropbox server online (it’s the cloud, dude!), and wherever else you decide to install Dropbox - so you can get at your files just about anywhere. I have Dropbox on my PC, laptop, iPad and Blackberry. and it’s the best way for me to keep track of my files.
7. Evernote - Evernote is like Dropbox in that you can load it up on multiple devices and it will sync across all the devices. The difference is that Evernote is for taking notes. These could be text notes, audio, webpages or screen shots. I use Evernotes for meeting notes, drafting articles, and creating to-do lists – and having them on all of my devices at the same time.
8. Constant Contact - My email marketing is all done through Constant Contact (of course – that’s why I work for them!). Because Constant Contact is an online tool, I can put my regular emails together wherever I am. I can also create the email when I have internet access and then schedule it for later on.
9. Kindle and iBooks apps - For me, travelling means time to catch up on my reading, and that is easiest when I load up books and papers onto my Kindle or iBooks apps on my iPad. I won’t need internet access to read them once they’re on the iPad, so it’s perfect for a long flight or train ride.
10. Online banking - Finally, knowing that I can keep on top of my finances using my banks online system gives me peace of mind when I am on a trip. So I always make sure that I can get logged in to keep things on track money-wise.
What are your favourite mobile tools? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.