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Security Consultants Travel Kit

John Thompson
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."
Tumi Alpha Frequent Traveler 22" Framed Expandable Carry On 22022
Tumi Alpha Frequent Traveler 22" Framed Expandable Carry On 22022
"Your mainstay domestic travel bag.   Don't forget to keep an eye out for cheap 80,000 point deals on this bad boy at your airline's online marketplace.   ...not always available."
AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 No Contract Phone
AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 No Contract Phone
"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...."
Apple MacBook Pro Z0J84LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
Apple MacBook Pro Z0J84LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
"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."
Garmin nuvi 1490/1490T 5-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Garmin nuvi 1490/1490T 5-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"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."
Logitech Professional Presenter R800 with Green Laser Pointer
Logitech Professional Presenter R800 with Green Laser Pointer
"Great presenter tool with a green laser.  The green laster is awesome on everything (wall, screen, whiteboard, etc...) but Plasma's (or so has been my experience)"
Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset - Retail Packaging
Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset - Retail Packaging
"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."
Apple iPod touch 32GB Black MC544L/A (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Apple iPod touch 32GB Black MC544L/A (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"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."
Apple Airport Express MB321LL/A
Apple Airport Express MB321LL/A
"For remote access, terminating your physical NIC, connecting your iPod touch and your friends, etc..."
ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1008HA-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - 6 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)
ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1008HA-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - 6 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)
"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"
SwissGear Computer Backpack
SwissGear Computer Backpack
"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."
Seagate FreeAgent Go 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST910004FAA2E1-RK (Tuxedo Black)
Seagate FreeAgent Go 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST910004FAA2E1-RK (Tuxedo Black)
"Because we carry a lot of VMware images.   Use TrueCrypt, or whatever your corporate standard is, to keep things safe on this big drive."
Personal S200 16G
Personal S200 16G
"Because we access sensitive data.  Combine this with a handful of throwaway $5-$8 4-8GB USB keys you don't mind flashing/wiping/losing whenever or whatever..."
Plantronics Mobile Headset for Most Phones with Standard 2.5mm Headset Jack - Audiovox, Blackberry, Kyocera, LG, Samsung, Sanyo, Treo
Plantronics Mobile Headset for Most Phones with Standard 2.5mm Headset Jack - Audiovox, Blackberry, Kyocera, LG, Samsung, Sanyo, Treo
"Because sometimes batteries run out and you still need hands free to work or drive."
Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"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."
Kensington 33117 International All-in-One Travel Plug Adapter
Kensington 33117 International All-in-One Travel Plug Adapter
"Because we don't always stay in the US and you'll be thankful that you have a way to plug something in.   Just beware that it doesn't provide a 3rd prong for grounding."
iGo Universal PS00125-0001 EveryWhere Max 90 Watt Power Charger
iGo Universal PS00125-0001 EveryWhere Max 90 Watt Power Charger
"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."
Ray-Ban RB 3194 Flight Extreme sunglasses
Ray-Ban RB 3194 Flight Extreme sunglasses
"Because sometimes we end up somewhere sunny."
Cables Unlimited ZIP-AUDIO-CD3 ZipLinq Retractable 3.5mm Audio Cable - Black
Cables Unlimited ZIP-AUDIO-CD3 ZipLinq Retractable 3.5mm Audio Cable - Black
"For the aux port in your rental car or to play your audio through your hotel room TV"
IOGEAR USB 2.0 to Serial/PDA Converter Cable GUC232A
IOGEAR USB 2.0 to Serial/PDA Converter Cable GUC232A
"Because real laptops don't come with serial ports anymore."
Monster MP OTG400 BK Outlets To Go Power Strip - 4 AC Outlets - Black
Monster MP OTG400 BK Outlets To Go Power Strip - 4 AC Outlets - Black
"Because you don't always have enough power outlets, especially in other countries.   Just beware the 3-prong outlet requirement"
iGo Everywhere Auto/Wall Charger Pack for iPod/iPhone
iGo Everywhere Auto/Wall Charger Pack for iPod/iPhone
"because you don't always have enough power when you're on the go...  If you're an SE in the car a lot, it's a great investment."
Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)
Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)
"Because sometimes, you still need paper.   Sometimes it's just to doodle..."
Belkin USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra-Mini Hub
Belkin USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra-Mini Hub
"Because nowadays, you never have enough USB ports"
NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner and Digital Filing System - PC
NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner and Digital Filing System - PC
"Because we have all have to turn in expese reports and this baby makes it a snap.  Don't pay retail though...."
The Neat Company 00009 Travel Case for NeatCo Mobile Scanners Black
The Neat Company 00009 Travel Case for NeatCo Mobile Scanners Black
"If you're on the road for extended periods of time (3-4 weeks), you'll want to take your scanner with you and this case keeps it safe."
3M Privacy Filter for Widescreen Laptop 15.4" (PF15.4W)
3M Privacy Filter for Widescreen Laptop 15.4" (PF15.4W)
"Because you never know if your competitor is sitting right next to you or not...."
Premium VGA/SVGA/XGA/SXGA/UXGA HD15 Monitor Projector Cable with 3.5mm Audio - 15 ft. Laptop/PC to TV
Premium VGA/SVGA/XGA/SXGA/UXGA HD15 Monitor Projector Cable with 3.5mm Audio - 15 ft. Laptop/PC to TV
"Best solution I've found to play movies on the hotel room LCD or Plasma.  May need to combine it with a 3.5mm audio to RCA converter dongle for an extra $1.00"
Sony DSC-W350 14.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Zoom with Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)
Sony DSC-W350 14.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Zoom with Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)
"This one's great for documentation, as well as fun pics on the road, and you don't have to worry about losing a fortune on an SLR if something happens to it."
Travelpro Luggage Crew 7 20" Rollaboard
Travelpro Luggage Crew 7 20" Rollaboard
"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."
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