How I Pack Three Computers, a Projector and an iPad When I Travel

Last year I flew almost 85,000 air miles speaking in the US, Canada and Europe.  After all those miles, I've gotten pretty good at packing - especially the technology I use when I'm doing training.

We decided last year that we wanted to be self-sufficient so we could train anywhere, not relying on computer labs or even an internet connection.  With a fairly minimal investment, we put together a tech package that allows us to do just that  (read the article at Here's what I pack, in one carry-on briefcase:

  • Mac Mini Server
  • MacBook Air
  • iPad Air
  • Acer Chromebook
  • Epson 1761W Ultra Portable Projector
  • Bose SoundLink Mini
  • Bose QC15 Noise Canceling Headphones
  • Kensington Ultra Thin Keyboard
  • Apple Mouse
  • Apple Trackpad
  • Airport Express
  • 10' HDMI Cable
  • Network Cable
  • Belkin 3-Outlet 2.1bAmp Mini Surge Protector with USB Ports
  • Passport, Papers, Phone, Apple Earbuds
  • Extra iPhone charger
  • Presentation "clicker"
  • All the associated connectors and cables

And it all fits in a Swiss Gear Patriot Rolling Case.  I can't tell you how much I LOVE TSA-Pre - even with all of that, I'm still through security in under a minute!

Here's a video explaining how I get it all in there...