"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."