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My Top 10: Mobile Essentials for Traveling Road Warriors

I've built up a respectible arsenal of gadgets and devices while traveling around the world. Some are necessities, and some are just to keep my sanity on longer international trips. Here's my list of gadgets that I won't leave home without - My Top 10 Mobile Essentials for Traveling Road Warriors:

1. Noise Cancelling Headphones

I splurged on a pair of Quiet Comfort 15s and have never regretted it. They also serve a dual purpose - reducing noise levels on airplane trips, and providing a subtle "please don't disturb me" message to chatty passengers sitting next to me.

2. Extended Battery Supply

I always charge up an external battery pack that holds enough juice for a few charges for my Samsung Galaxy phone and my iPad. This one lets me charge up to 3 devices at a time using a USB cable.

3. Car Charger

I typically drive a rental car 20 or 30 minutes from the airport to my hotel, using Google Maps on my phone (which quickly drains the battery). This little car charger plugs into the cigarette lighter and keeps my phone charged.

4. Backup Hard Drive

I've been fortunate so far, but I never know when my hard drive is going to call it quits. This external backup drive plugs into the USB port on my laptop, and I use Time Machine for the Mac to store regular backups that I can quickly restore from if my laptop's hard drive crashes.

5. USB Flash Drive

I often need to transfer large files to another computer, or need to get videos from someone else's computer. This 32 GB flash drive is super small and has plenty space for whatever types of file transfer I need to make.

6. Monitor Adapter

I never assume there will be an Apple VGA monitor adapter available at my client's offices, so I always pack a spare one just in case.

7. Micro SD Memory Card

This tiny memory card gives my Samsung Galaxy an extra 32 GB, which is enough storage space for 3 or 4 movies, and thousands of songs and photos.

8. Wireless Headset

I usually end up taking a call or two from my hotel in the evenings when I'm traveling for business, and need my hands free to type. This wireless headset from Logitech sounds amazing and the ear pads are comfortable.

9. iPad Air

I like to read books when I travel, and the Amazon Kindle app lets me view books on my iPad. I also like to play games because they help pass the time in the air and in my hotel.

10. Extra Laptop Charger

I have learned the hard way the importance of having 2 charger cords for my laptop. I keep one in my home office and the other in my laptop bag, so I never have to remember to put it there when I travel.

Forget the iPad. Instead an Android tablet such as the Nexus 7 (2013) or Nexus 9, which is good for playing games as well.

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