There's nothing worse than the feeling you get when you're stranded when traveling. And by stranded, I mean because you're having problems preventing you from connecting up remotely and accessing the information you need access to. Here are some tips to help you with your technology when you're traveling:
Create a Travel Kit
Keep your various travel computer accessories - such as USB flash drive and hub, cable lock, extra phone battery, power strip, VoIP (Voice Over Internet protocol) headset, and webcam - in one place or kit. When you're ready to hit the road, grab the kit and you're good to go.
Practice Logging in, and on
Don't try logging on to the corporate server or logging into your remote accounts for the first time once you're on the road. Practice remote data access from the stress-free environment of your home.
Have IT on Standby
Information Technology people are your lifeline if you run into connection issues on the road. Keep your IT Help Desk and support names and numbers handy.
Stay in hotels that provide free internet access and an in-room workspace as well as fax, copy and print services.
Keep a Neat Desk
Straighten up things at the office before leaving on an extended trip. An organized desk will help co-workers find files or documents that you -- or they -- might need while you're away.
Schedule Time to Stay in Touch
Chasing down your staff or keeping in touch with family members can be challenging if everyone's on different schedules or time zones. Before departing, setup call-in times. Alternatively, start or end the day with e-mail updates.