With Internet connectivity, the term “mobile office” has never been looser. Why then, do those of us that work remotely assume that this means we have to stay in one place to get the job done? Yes, the local cafe is a nice change of pace from the office building, but we’re still sitting in one place, connected to an outlet, and typing our day away.
What if our workplace was truly mobile? What if we were able to get the job done from a campground on the way to somewhere we actually want to be--and do it on a Monday? It’s definitely not the most comfortable thing, but it’s also not the most difficult. With infinite upsides, a road office seems pretty darn sweet. Get your work done on the go with a few of our favorite products and tips. Make your office mobile and a life on the open road a reality.
This goes without saying, but for most of us, no Internet equals no work. Luckily mobile hot spots let us bring the Internet virtually anywhere smartphones get service, opening up a whole new world of connectivity without needing to connect with a grounded router. There are a lot of hot spot options out there, but the Verizon Jetpack utilizes the expansive cellular network (including support in 250 outside of the U.S.) so it’s one of the best bets for reliable Internet on the road. The Jetpack does require a longterm contract with varying price ranges, but it’s a sound investment for those on the go. Or, for the dirtbag looking to send a quick email, download the free Wi-Fi Finder app, which will locate the nearest free Wi-Fi in your area from your phone.
There are few more helpless feelings than watching your hard work vanish after forgetting to charge your electronics. This is especially true from the road, where outlets are not an abundant commodity. Make sure your gadgets stay fully juiced with the Goal Zero Yeti 150, a portable, lunchbox-sized generator that can charge your laptop, camera and phone at the same time. If you’re really out in the bush, the Yeti 150 can also be recharged via a Goal Zero solar panel, which is (conveniently, we know) sold separately. For those still on the dirtbag train, buy a cigarette lighter power inverter with a USB and three-prong plug option for around $20. Problem solved.
The beauty of conference calls is that no one really knows where you’re calling from, so why not do it from somewhere awesome? New fancy cars have built-in Bluetooth, but for the rest of us and our dusty Subarus, we need a solid Bluetooth speaker to make sure we are getting the best sound. The Satechi Divoom Bluetune Solo is about the size of a half soda can, but offers six hours of speaker time, which should be plenty--even for your long-winded boss. The device fits in a cup-holder, has supreme sound quality and, did we mention, only costs $30?
Take notes, kids
The mobile office has many of the same occupational hazards--coffee, water, Cheetos, etc.--but in a tighter space much more prone to spillage. This can be a problem for note-taking, especially when one spilled coffee can turn an entire day’s worth into a soggy pile of mush. That won’t be an issue with a Rite of Rain notebook. The pad’s waterproof pages are built to handle both extreme weather, and clumsy notetakers.
Take a picture, it’ll last longer
Lastly, despite what you may think, most modern office conveniences have a portable equivalent--even inkjet printers. The Canon PIXMA iP110 is two-and-a-half inches tall and weighs just four pounds, but is capable of spitting out about six color pages a minute from your passenger seat. The unit is wireless and features Bluetooth connectivity to both your phone and laptop, making printing photos and memos a breeze.
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