August 11, 2012, 7:05 AM — Its a common notion that when we go on vacation we want to get away from it all. But take a closer look and you may find that what you really want to do is get away from it all with the technology you love. But what gear should you haul along with you? That depends a great deal on how youre getting from here to there, whether this is a working vacation, where youre going, and who youre visiting along the way.
The means you choose to travel will influence what you take. If youre flying, youll want to pare it down so that valuable gadgetscamera, laptop, tablet, and portable entertainment devicecan be placed in your carry on. I prefer to throw that stuff in a backpack that fits under the seat in front of me, thus saving an overhead bin for a bag containing items that I wont need during the flight. Placing the bag within reach ensures that can get to your toys at all times (except during takeoff and landing, of course) plus relieves you of the worry of it being tossed around by careless baggage handlers.
If you have to travel light you must make some tough choices. Laptop or iPad? Point and shoot or DSLR? Hardback book or Kindle? (Okay, that ones not hard at all.) Its a balancing act. How much can your bag hold? Is your iPhone good enough for the snapshots you want to take? And how much weight can you stand to carry when you hop off the plane?
A checkpoint-friendly bag If youre going by plane and would like to move through the security line a bit faster, the first step is to get a checkpoint friendly carry-on bag. These are bags designed to make it easier for airport-security personnel to see the contents of the bag's computer compartment. Some use a slide-out computer sleeve, while others unfold so that the laptop compartment lays flatby itselfon the scanner belt. An Amazon search for checkpoint friendly bags produces scads of results.