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How To Take Your Office On The Road

Remote work is here to stay. It has been called the “new signing bonus”.Many companies have embraced remote work or a hybrid work model in which workers spend at least part of their time in the office. For people who have spent months cooped up in their homes, remote work is a godsend: as the country returns to normal, they now have an opportunity to take their office on the road. It’s a natural desire to have. A lot of people are coming out of the lockdown with a deep desire to explore, to see nature, and resorts, and just get out of their homes and out town. If you are one of those remote workers, this article is for you. Let’s go through the essential items you need to work on the road.

UAG Plyo Series Bumper ($70+)

A lot of us have had one galling experience where we’ve dropped our laptop. It can be a traumatic experience! Cover your laptop with a UAG Plyo Series Bumper, and you never have to worry about dropping your laptop ever again. Oh, you’ll drop it, but its polycarbonate armor will protect it from damage. It was tested and developed under military-grade conditions, so it is able to protect your laptop from a drop from hip height. In fact, you need to drop your laptop several times from that height before your laptop sustains damage.

A downside of the case is that it makes your laptop a little bit heavier, but that is a price worth paying for you to protect your laptop. You can put your laptop in your backpack or your car’s passenger seat, and never worry about dropping it.

Skyroam Solis X ($179)

As a mobile remote worker, you need to be assured of constant access to WiFi. If you only use the internet to send emails, you can probably get by with just tethering your laptop to your smartphone. If, however, you use the internet for more than that, then you need the Skyroam Solis X. It is a mobile hotspot that gives you access to 4G LTE WiFi. It won’t drain your smartphone’s battery, and isn’t subject to any throttling.

You can connect multiple devices to it. So if you want to keep your kids entertained with youTube while you work, this is the thing for you. It uses a cell signal, so if you find yourself in a dead spot, you lose your internet connection. It won’t be as fast as a home network, but in terms of keeping you connected, it does a great job. You can take it with you everywhere you go. There are a number of data plans available: you can get a monthly plan, pay by the gig or pay by the day. Skyroam even offers a rental program through which you can use the Solis for a period while you decide if you are going to buy it.

JLAB Epic ANC Headphones ($87)

JLAB Epic ANC headphones do not have great noise-cancelling: it essentially uses white noise to cancel out background sounds, dampening, rather than eliminating them. Given its price, I think the headphones are worth it. If you’re working on the road, I think you want to have a little bit of background noise. The whole point of going on the road is to experience different environments, so I think this is actually a good quality rather than a bad one.

The headphones have a crisp, deep sound, aren’t a hassle to fit because of the five kinds of ear tips and fins they have, and calls are very clear. The microphone is excellent, so you won’t have to repeat yourself a thousand times to be heard. This is often an issue with microphone/headphone combos.

The battery lasts seven hours if it's fully charged and if you are actively using the noise-cancelling feature. The set comes with a wire adapter in case you want to connect the headphones to your phone.

Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXXL ($99)

We’ve all seen batteries for charging phones, but what many people haven’t seen are external batteries for charging laptops. You need to plug your laptop into a power bank that has a higher-voltage output that meets the needs of your laptop. The Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXXL comes with a 26,000 milliamp-hour battery that has 45 watts of power. It is designed especially for iPhones and MacBooks.

It weighs about a pound and comes in a slim package so it won’t take up loads of space in your backpack. You don’t have to worry about your battery getting flat ever again.

REI Outward Side Table ($50)

Mobile offices shouldn’t mean having to work from inside your car. We all love to work outdoors, while taking in nature for inspiration and calm.

Get the minimalist, 21-inch-high REI Outward Side Table, and you can work outdoors. The table is foldable, so you can take it with you wherever you go. It can even work qas a lap desk. The height is just perfect, especially if you have camping chairs. It’s a great outdoor standing desk as well.

Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box ($55)

Lunchtime is a special time in the office. It’s a time to get nourishment, stretch your legs, and socialise with co-workers. When you’re working on the road, you’ll still look forward to lunch time as a way of recharging and stepping away from work. You’ll need the Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box to keep your nourishment in. It comes with two layers of insulation and has an interior sleeve that holds freezer packs. It will keep your lunch cold for many hours, so you don’t have to worry about melted cheese, or rotting grapes. With a carrying capacity of five litres, it will be able to carry all the snacks and lunch that you need.

As a mobile remote worker, you will have to keep your lines of communication open. For more information on how you can do just that, click here

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