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These are my 5 must-have devices for work travel now

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After a two-year hiatus, I recently started traveling again for work. It was great to travel, see different parts of the country, and meet people I haven’t seen in literally years.

But before my first trip, I almost forgot what to bring on a trip.

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What cables and AC adapters? What about laptops and iPads?how about a device to keep me Have fun on a long flight Or while killing time at the hotel? So many decisions.

After three trips to New York over the course of six weeks, here are five devices that are now staples in my backpack as I travel again.

Apple MacBook Air (M2)

Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022) on wooden surface

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I’m picking the 2022 version of Apple’s MacBook Air not only because it’s powerful enough to do almost everything you need, but also because it’s so light and compact.

Honestly, the first time I went on a trip, I had to check my backpack twice to make sure I hadn’t left it behind.I can’t say the same about putting myself iPad Pro with magic keyboard in my backpack.

I really like the new design, even with the notch on the display. It’s surprisingly thin, and bringing back the MagSafe charging connector to free up two USB-C ports is something I appreciate.

review: Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)

apple to me MacBook Air with M2 Apple Silicon processor, 8GB memory, 512GB storage. It’s not the base model, at least when it comes to storage, but it’s the first Mac in a decade with just his 8GB of memory. To tell you the truth, it works. While editing a large number of photos in Pixelmator Pro, he noticed some memory-related sluggishness, but other than that, 8GB of memory is good enough for him.

firewall purple

iPhone on Firewalla purple and green background

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I’ve gotten into the habit of not connecting to hotel Wi-Fi while traveling. But that changed recently after setting up and learning to use the equivalent of a portable firewall. Firewalla Purple can connect to your existing network, such as your hotel’s Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and create a secondary Wi-Fi network to connect all your devices.

Also: Firewalla Launches Purple: The Essential Network Security Device

Firewalla Purple then monitors for malicious activity and blocks malicious activity.But to take my privacy one step further, from Firewalla Purple firewall gold plus I installed it at home.

Not only is all local traffic in the hotel protected from snooping (I don’t have to struggle to set up a VPN on every device I have when I travel), but all my devices are connected to the internet. behaves as if I have connected to my home network. This means you can access your local NAS or take advantage of ad blocking via Pi-Hole.

Also: Public Wi-Fi Safety Tips: Protect yourself from security threats

If you’re overly cautious or paranoid about internet security (like me), Purple makes a great travel device.

apple ipad mini

iPad Mini 6th generation on blue background

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The iPad Mini is a fairly recent addition to my travel gadgets.bought second hand 6th generation iPad Mini Use it as a dedicated digital note-taking tablet.I 2nd generation Apple Pencilof course, paper screen protector This gives the display a real paper-like feel instead of a slippery surface when writing.

review: Apple iPad Mini (6th generation): unmatched portability and power

I treat my iPad Mini strictly as a device for creating and managing notes or reading the news. kindle books, or similar content. It’s the perfect tablet for consuming information.

Anker 747 Charger

Anker 747 charger on red background

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Instead of carrying multiple chargers and AC adapters, Anker’s latest 747 chargerIt’s expensive, but it has three USB-C ports and one traditional USB-A style port with a total output of 150W.

Also: What is Gallium Nitride (GaN) charging technology?

I am using Anchor’s GaN prime technology Deliver the right amount of power to the devices you need, when you need them. For example, you can charge your MacBook Air, iPad Mini, iPhone and Firewalla Purple at full speed from one device.

Also: Anker’s Latest GaNPrime Power Products

My biggest complaint about it is how heavy it is. So it will fall out of most wall outlets. That’s why Anker includes a plate that fits around the adapter, with lots of little suction cups to hold it to the wall. It’s an extra piece, not a big deal, but a bit of a hassle.

Apple AirTags

Surface Apple AirTags

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I have had to go through the ordeal of losing a suitcase once in my last 15 years of travel. I hated the whole experience. The airline basically shrugged and said it would show up soon and asked for hotel information. A day later my suitcase he turned up with two broken wheels and looking pretty battered.

Also: How to replace the battery in your Apple AirTag

While apple air tag At least I can know where my suitcase or backpack is, and maybe I can help the airline find and quickly retrieve the bag.

I have an AirTag in my backpack and another one in my suitcase. On family trips, I have one in every bag and suitcase on the trip.

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