The list author says: "I created this list for new technology consultants that travel. In my case data security consulting but, the items on this list are equally relevant for pre and post sales engineers, techo geeks on the road, and even seasoned consultants. Whether you travel 2 days a week, 6 days a week, or are on the road for a few weeks straight, you'll appreciate the items on this list.
All of this is in addition to: staying on top of your game with continuing education and relevant training/certifications, maintaining excellent credit, being loyal to your airline/hotel/car rental brands, and maximizing point accumulation via the relevant corporate brand C/C (Delta Amex, Hilton Amex, Marriott Visa, etc...), and enjoying those rewards with your family/friends."
"Because your blackberry is your lifeline to your family, your team, tech support, and R&D. You may prefer the Torch now but, the Curve is still my favorite. Especially when I have an iPod touch along for the ride as well...."
"Because your need a linux desktop and Mac's are the best. Load this baby up with 8-GB of ram and a 500GB SSD and turn it into your portable VMware server or LiveCD system; or use it as your main system if your company policy allows."
"Because it's better than neverlost and at $13/day on a car rental, it pays for itself in 2 weeks. It's a no-brainer to bring your own GPS. Plus, if you're a frequent traveler to a particular area, SF, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, etc... the favorites are really convenient. Also downloadble locations are great for hashers and foodies."
"Because it comes with its own carrying case and charger you may never need to worry about breaking it, or needing to switch to the wired headset. The noise cancelling is 2nd to the JawBone that I love but, still works very well in loud data centers and the 975 is far more comfortable for me, and stays in my ear much better."
"Invaluable on the road with Apps (Tripit, Facebook, etc...), Skype for International Voice, MUSIC, etc... There are bigger models available but, you have so much other storage with you already, you may not even feel the need for more than 8GB but, this is the middle of the road for you."
"A 2nd PC for WebEx's (not tying up your main PC), documentation on flights in cramped airline seats, or watching a video. Some people are choosing the iPad but, I still need a keyboard to get real work done and I'm not going to blow all that money on a large iPod Touch... If you have extra $, spend it on the 10-hr battery life version"
"May be the best non-executive backpack I've ever owned; it's perfect. And, when you're in a 3rd world country it doesn't exactly look like you're carrying a $5000 laptop; and therefore isn't worth killing you to steal. Goes so very well with the Tumi or TravelPro carryon; a perfect pair."
"Because airplanes are loud and your sanity (and hearing) is priceless. I much prefer these to the in-ear noise isolation headphones but, if you prefer those yourself, make sure to check out the Shure 2xx, 3xx, 4xx (or better) headphones (depending upon your budget). They are awesome and they are far more compact than the Bose. But, the Bose are far more comfortable for me."
"It's a lot better than carrying every possible power adapter with us and it allows you to power your laptop and a USB device (at the same time) without sacrificing a powered USB port off of your laptop."
"For those international flights with tighter carryon restrictions, or just a smaller bag for a 1-3 day trip. Still had a suiter to make packing easier and keeping dress clothes a little less wrinkled."