Ever since I did a video blog of my laptop bag, I have wanted to do one on my current carry-on bag. However, after watching George Clooney in Up on the Air, I was inspired to see if I could ditch my laptop bag and get everything into one carry-on. I even found a web site called “One Bag” that is devoted to this concept. Thankfully, my MacBook Air has made this possible.
So six weeks ago, I stopped carrying my laptop bag—at least on overnight trips. In fact, I am only using a separate laptop bag when the trip is longer than two nights. This may sound trivial, but traveling with just one bag has made a big difference for me. I arrive at my destination more rested, without the stress of keeping up with two bags.
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Pack your dress clothes. I pack my shoes first. The Tarmac 22 even has a sealed compartment for them. This protects your clothing if your shoes happen to be soiled. I then carefully fold my suit and dress shirt, wrapping them in the thin plastic I get back from the dry cleaners. This keeps fabric from rubbing against fabric, dramatically—though not entirely—reducing wrinkles.
Pack an electronic cables bag. I use an Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Half Tube Cube. This is what I use to put my MacBook Air power cord, mini-DVI to VGA convertor, mini-DVI to HDMI convertor (for newer projectors), KeySpan “Easy Presenter” Remote Control for clicking through slides (along with a spare battery). When I speak, I just hand my laptop and this bag to the production tech, and they have everything they need to get me set up.
You may be thinking, what about workout clothes and running shoes? I generally don’t take these unless I am going to be gone more than a day. If I do, I plan my wardrobe, so I can get by with one set of dress shoes and pack my running shoes instead. The Tarmac 22 has plenty of room for the extra clothes.
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