07 Dec Travelling with Electronics
Whether you’re going on a charter, going to and from the boat on weekends, or even living on the boat and travelling, chances are good that you’re taking some electronics with you. Now, you might have a case for a laptop. But what about all the rest of that stuff?
And once I traded my laptop for a tablet, I couldn’t find a case that would hold all the related stuff I traveled with. You know, the charging cords, photo transfer cables, the mouse and so on — and for the tablet, the camera and the phone.
I’ve always had a fear of forgetting some of that little stuff, both when packing at “home” and then everywhere we stop.About a year ago, I finally came up with a good solution: a cheap toiletry bag with a bunch of pockets that I labeled with each item, making it easy to see if I have everything. The tablet, mini-keyboard and mouse pad all fit easily into the big zippered pouch on the bottom. There’s a pocket on the outside, too, where I put a flashlight, extra batteries and keep all the credit card receipts when we’re traveling.
The one I got is made of fairly tough nylon and it’s easy to carry on its own or toss into a larger bag.
I found my bag at Walmart for less than $15 — a far cry from the less functional “tablet cases” I saw for over $30. To me, having the individual pockets is key for making sure that you have everything. You may be able to find something similar in a pharmacy or big box store near you, but if not, it’s still sold online by Walmart — see it here.
UPDATE 2016: Travel organizer cases are now easier to find and most are roomy enough to put a tablet in along with the cables.