About to hit the road and not sure what you’ll need? Here’s how to make sure you’re ready to do your best work, no matter where you are.

Backup power

I’ve used an assortment of external battery packs, from fancy ones to conference freebies. Casey swears by the Bolt. You never know when your flight isn’t going to have outlets or your rental car will break down in the middle of nowhere.

A proper keyboard

I can’t live without my Macbook Air, even if it’s a million years old. If you’re one of those that travels without a proper laptop, you at least need a proper keyboard. These silicone keyboards roll up to nothing and are pretty indestructible. I never quite got used to the squishy feeling, but they’re still so fun and useful.

A tote bag

From an alternative to carrying a bulky purse to a way to carry groceries, I can’t live without a tote bag.

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A spork

sporks are travel essentials

I have one of these in my bag right now. Always.

A sleep sack

I’ve probably only used my sleep sack as intended a handful of times in our eight years together, but I use it all the time. It’s a scarf on chilly days, it’s a pillow on a long flight, it’s a shawl with a sundress, it’s a blanket on a cold train, it’s a bathing suit coverup, it’s a skirt when I’ve run out of clean clothes, it’s a headscarf in a mosque, you can even tie it into a tote bag or use it as a towel in a pinch. It takes no space in your bag and it weighs nothing.

Don’t waste your time with “artificial silk.” The real thing will keep you at the right temperature and last forever.

A watch

Nothing kills the moment or your feeling of flow like checking your cell phone and getting distracted by notifications. The solution is simple: wear a watch. Pick one that’s easy to set when you switch time zones!

Organized toiletries

toiletry organizer so you can unpack instantly

Don’t be that person in line with too many liquids. Keep everything ready to go through security and ready to use.

A backup bag

If you’re on a long trip and have to stash seasonal gear, a duffel bag that folds down to nothing is great. I also keep a bag to hold my backpack in case I ever need to check it, to save it from getting eaten by the luggage handling equipment.

A way to cook

If you’re in one place for more than a few days, you’re going to need a way to cook. Yes, those folks in the suburbs require a million contraptions to put together a meal, but you can do a lot with a little. This breakfast center is cute, cheap, and really all you need.