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In my line of work travel can become a big part of the job, and when you travel there are just some things that you have to have in order to make a home away from home.

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I’ve compiled a list and some suggestions of brands that I own or highly recommend.

1.       Smart Phone

While the trend with most of the rank and file in my office is the iPhone and I do produce iPhone games, I myself prefer the Blackberry. The Blackberry in my opinion is hands down the most vital piece of equipment you need before you leave the house. Whether it’s phone, GPS,  email, text, or entertainment the Blackberry makes it happen.

2.       Lap Top

When it comes to lap tops I really don’t have a strong opinion either way…Mac or PC. All I care about is if it’s got all the bells and whistles …quality video card, big screen, a lot of RAM and all the correct software.

3.       Portable Game System

The PSP Go is the new hot “must have”…I know…I know most of you reading this are big fans of the DS, but when you really want to play some Madden or Tiger Woods, the DS is kind of a weak experience. And on top of that the new PSP…has better hand and grip positions and is lighter (which is always better for travel).

4.       Headphones

When I say headphones, I’m not talking about the little ear buds that come in the box with your iPod or your Blackberry. I’m talking about the set you see most athletes wearing when they get off of the team bus. The big cover your whole ear set, the big don’t-talk-to-me-while-I’m-watching-my-movie-on-the-plane kinda headphones. Now I have a pair of the “big” headphones I’ve been rockin’ for like 8 years, some old Toshibas – so old I can’t even see the serial numbers anymore – but they still work. But what I would like to get my hands on is a set of them Beats-By-Dre headphones (Aaron if you read this >hint…hint<)  From what I understand they sound like you’re in the big room at the Hit Factory.

I started to suggest the Kindle but I don’t own one yet, and don’t really know anybody with one. Besides, I’m not really sure if I’m ready to give up turning actual pages. Just in case you’re not up on the Kindle yet, it’s an electronic tablet that you can download books into…instead of carrying around a big bulky book.  On second thought maybe I need to start saving up.

I hope this information proves useful to you. Conveniences when traveling for business make it easier for you to focus your energies where they’re most needed, on getting the deal done. The more tools you put in your toolbox to make that happen, the better.

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