- Mark D. Cunningham, Abilene, Texas

"I give my wife lots of grief about her heavyweight handbag, butthe truth is that my briefcase makes her purse look like abantamweight. My briefcase is a virtual survival kit. My constantcompanion is the common three-compartment leather model, with anoutside front-zippered pocket for airline tickets and rear-zipperedpocket for expense-account documents. The back internal compartmentis the business-paper portfolio, and the middle compartmentsnuggles the notebook computer, but it is the front compartmentthat has saved many a business trip from failure. It contains asmall internal pocket that houses a flashlight, tape measure, extrareading glasses, and sunglasses. Another small case houses a comb,shaving cream, aspirin, allergy pills, hand cream, and hair spray."
- Dennis Hoffmann, Plano, Texas

"I pack my mobile office to support only the projects that I needto accomplish while on the road. I consolidate my files intosubject folders with just the high-level information I need (e.g.,Projects, Follow-up Calls, etc.) I rely on my core productivitytools for the rest: laptop, PDA, and good, old notepad. I also makesure to pack extra batteries, a three-prong AC adapter foroverseas, and my compact 15-foot phone cable for hotel-roomInternet connections. One of those halogen clip lights is alsogreat to illuminate my computer keyboard and for reading whileinflight."
- Glenn Raines, Chicago

"Take items with you that make your trip more enjoyable. A cigarbox is small enough to fit inside my carry-on bag and the contentsallow me to pamper myself while I'm on the road. Cavender'sseasoning to add zip to room-service food, packets of hazelnutcoffee creamer, eye covers and ear plugs, bubble bath, and a smallalarm clock with a picture of a loved one (mine has a voicerecorder so they can record a message). I also keep a handwrittenlist of the things that I am thankful for in the box so that I canremind myself of how lucky I am."