Business Travel Carry - How do you keep it light?
Before you say it, I know, carry less.
Here's the thing, when travelling for business, there is often so much associated with the tools just to do the job you are going to do. I carry a Tristar and cannot seem to get much below 10kg/22 pounds. Walking through the airport with the absolute strap is ok but any further, even with the backpack straps, its a burden.
I'm looking for any techniques that regular business travellers have to cut down on weight and make the carry a better experience.
I break my carry in to three main areas, Clothing in the back section, Work/Technology in the middle section and Toiletries/Accessories in the front two sections.
I think I have the clothing nailed with lightweight creaseproof clothing where possible and taking only the bare minimum. Toiletries as well, I only take the minimum in small quantities. Its all the other stuff that gets me, the heavy work laptop (no macbook air for me unfortunately), laptop charger, notebook, pens, cables, adapters, papers, kindle/ipad etc.
Somethings I have been thinking about which may be a bit extreme:
- Don't use a cache for the laptop - just adds bulk, should be safe in the middle section of the tristar anyway.
- Leave the laptop charger at home - Most times I travel with colleagues to one of our company locations. Will be able to share 'power' during the day, and battery should last in the evening for any activity required at the hotel
- Don't bring any iPad/Kindle - Just use my phone for any 'entertainment' such as reading or music. Do without any video.
Are there any specific techniques to reduce weight in the stuff you bring or ways to avoid bring things in the first place?
Lastly, anyone moved from using a Tristar to a Western Flyer for business trips? How does this work for you?