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One of the most important pieces of equipment for the 'traveling business person is the briefcase or in modern parlance “a laptop and notebook computer bag”. Needless to say each person has his own individual requirements. Consider for a minute what might be carried:

  • Laptop/Notebook/Tablet. Still a very necessary part of day to day business life. Must be easily removable from the case for TSA screening. Cases that have special “TSA see through compartments” seem to be cumbersome and just as much hassle as taking your computer out.

  • Mobile phone. Not everyone wants to carry their phone in their pocket and anyway it also has to be removed for TSA security.

  • Charging equipment. If you have the previous two items then you need to carry something to keep them operational.

  • Headphones. You might want to listen to something. The more sophisticated of these can be quite large. These might need a charger also.

  • Camera. Let's go with a modern pocket size do everything one. It also will need a charger.

  • Travel wallet. Perhaps a thing of the past because boarding passes, frequent flier cards, frequent hotel cards etc., are probably all stored on your smartphone. However there are some who still like to have a real boarding pass and a plastic frequent traveler card.

  • Medicines. Essential to carry in case checked baggage gets lost or delayed.

  • Mints and gum. Always useful. Freshens the mouth after a long journey.

  • Screen cloth. You have to get rid of the finger marks sometime.

  • Reading material. Again these may be on your tablet or smartphone, but many of us prefer to read an actual book or magazine.

  • Business cards. Still an essential part of conducting business.

  • Spare reading glasses. You never know when the daily ones get sat on and broken.

  • Sun glasses. You never know when the sun will shine on your travels.

  • Car keys. Bit of a nuisance these, but unless you have a Ford with an entry keypad you probably have to have your car keys with you.

  • Writing materials. At least one pen and pencil, you can't rely on hotels for workable freebies.

  • Note pads. Probably not necessary now with tablets and smartphones. There are many people who still like the old way of taking notes.

  • Files. You have to keep the correspondence somewhere.

  • Sewing repair kit. Again you cannot predict when a button will drop off.

  • Razor/Amenity kit including toothbrush, comb, deodorant, spare underwear etc. If you ever miss a transfer and have to stay the night somewhere without your checked baggage these will come into their own.

So is there a briefcase or computer bag which will accommodate all of the above and have them all readily accessible? There are some that come close. I found the best selection at Amazon in the laptop and Notebook Computer Bag section.


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