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What To Take!

What To Take

by Gary Woods

We’re going on our first vacation since 2000 and just like all our other vacations as soon as we start thinking about leaving town our Real Estate Business picks up. With that in mind, I started thinking about what we needed to take with us to be able to do business on the road. First up, my trusty iPhone 4S will be along for the ride so phone calls, emails, Skype and FaceTime are all covered.

But, since we might have to write up a contract while on the on the road I started looking at my options. We've traveled with a laptop and even a printer before but that option really sucks. I remember putting my laptop in the overhead only to have the next guy come along and slam his carryon right on top of it.

The iPad was the first most logical option to travel with but then I started thinking even smaller and got a 32GB iPad Mini. I've been carrying the Mini everyplace lately and it works great. I've sent disclosures out for electronic signature sitting at Dodger Stadium so a train trip across Canada should be no problem.

Then, I started really thinking about writing a contract on the Mini and decided to stick an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard in my suitcase. That way if I need it, it's there but otherwise it's hidden away.

The next hurdle was internet access. For that I've been carrying around the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L provided by my friend Alan Gold of Santa Barbara Auto Stereo and Wireless which gives me cable modem speeds when in the field.

With which devices and internet access covered I turned my attention to power considerations. Instead of carting around a number of Apple Chargers of various sizes I came up with the ZAGGsparq 6000 which doubles as a charger and backup battery. You can use it to charge your devices at night then during the day if you run out of juice you just turn it on and it gives you several more hours of device usage.

The only other thing I think I'll take is a little portable Power Strip with multiple plug inputs. Electrical outlets always seem to be at a premium in Hotel Rooms so my little 4 inch long plug sporting 4 inputs should be just the ticket.

Okay, there's my list, I'll let you know how it all worked out when I get back.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc