This is the first entry in what I’m calling my Urban Adventure series. So what is an urban adventure? Quit simply, it is a vacation in an urban setting, in this case, New York City. I will be checking-in on FourSquare, tweeting via @DanielWRasmus and maybe evening checking into a Broadway show via GetGlue. Each evening, I will return to my warm and cozy room to compose a blog post that shares pictures and thoughts about how I used technology during the day.
The pacsafe metrosafe GII 250 will be the primary bag during the day, and the one that will slip “under the seat in front of me” on the plane tomorrow. This bag isn’t the perfect bag for packing a lot of stuff, and I’ve probably over extended it a bit, but it will be ideal for carrying those few things I need while walking around the city. It’s nylon mesh reinforced fabric and strap, along with RFID protection and various locking mechanisms will help keep my kit connected to me while I lunch, shop and attend shows. Tomorrow it will be primarily used to house my iPad, my Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wi-Fi Drive and a Powerocks Stone3 that will help recharge the drive or my iPad or both should they need it. Overhead will be a Targus Sport Rolling Backpack Case with most of the other kit in it. A few things, like HDMI cables and extension cords, that I will won’t need until I get to my room, will be checked through.
My iPhone 5 with its LifeProof case and FlyGrip attached to it will be house in my third carry on, my SCOTTEVEST. With a SCOTTEVEST, anything you need with you when you sit down, including your iPad, can be placed inside the jacket. And since you are wearing it, it doesn’t count as a carry on. You can, however, leave everything neatly zipped inside the jacket’s myriad pockets, run the entire thing through the scanners at security, and simply put it back on. (If you don’t have a ScotteVest, and you are in front of my in line at security, please empty all of your pockets into a bag before getting to the security scanenrs. That way you not only save everyone time, but everything you want to carry on your person is in one place rather than scattered all over your bags and various security trays. Grab that one bag out of your bag and reload yourself).
I can’t wait to watch video streaming off my personal WiFi network while in the air, followed by getting into the New York state of mind with a family dinner somewhere in Times Square soon after we check-in to our hotel. Look for comments about the flight and pictures of Times Square early tomorrow morning.
I look forward to sharing my urban adventure with you, and learning about how you use technology when you travel.
Here is a list of what I packed for my Urban Adventure:
- iPad with Retina Display (4th Generation) housed in a Newer Technology NuGuard® GripStand® (recently reviewed at iPhone Life: Newer Techology’s NuGuard GripStand® 3 Offers Complete iPad Case & Stand System)
- iPhone5 with LifeProof Case, and I’m also bringing along a Twelve South BookBook leather case and a Qmadix Vital. I have also equipped the LifeProof Case with a FlyGrip to provide me with a better way to hold my phone while navigating the city.
- Logitech Tablet Keyboard to write my blogs on.
- SCOTTEVEST as a third carry-on.
- The North Face ETip Gloves – it will be cold in New York and I want to be able to operate my phone with my globes on.
- Qmadix iHarmonix White Bluetooth Speakers + Charging cables
- Metrosafe 250 GII Shoulder Bag.
- Jawbone Era with Siri App installed.
- Scanner Guard wallet insert to protect my cards information and my identity from walk-by identity thieves.
- Qmadix USB Dual Travel Charging Hub and a Lenmar Dual USB Wall Adaptor for charging everything.
- Qmadix Apple Adapter Extender (pre-lighting) for adapting my wife’s iPhone to the mostly inevitable iHome alarm without removing it from its case.
- Powerocks Stone3 Dual USB Powerbank mAh and a Powerocks Magic Cube 6000 mAh external batteries.
- Lenmar PowerPort 2400 and PowerPort Wave7000 (new).
- Lenmar Micro USB to Apple 30-pin Connector (new).
- Skooba Wrap (early RoadWired version) used to protect small items or an entire device like an iPad.
- Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones.
- Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wi-Fi Drive with power cable.
- LiveScribe Echo SmartPen and small notepads, pen refills.
- Ten One Design’s Pogo Connect stylus and Adonit Jot Pro Stylus (for sketching) in Tumi Pen Case.
- Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo (for everyday use).
- 180s Men’s Urban Ear Warmer with Headphone
- 3 lightning connectors for charging phone/ipad travel, including an Apple 30-pin to Lighting adaptor, just in case.
- Samsung SL30 Camera.
- Multiple mini-USB and Apple 30-pin cables for recharging everything.
- Panasonic BQ-390 Quick Charger for recharge AAA headphone batteries.
- Apple VGA and HDMI Lightning connectors to connect the iPad, I hope, to my big screen in the room.
- Woods portable surge suppressor (for PC).
- LED Flashlight.
- Mini Sharpies.
- Many microfiber cloths.
- Extension Cord.
- Acer Netbook with Kensington Computer Lock (just in case I need a full PC for anything.)
- A travel umbrella.
- Business Cards.