Air and Travelling

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mattpreston11, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Just wondering what others take with them when they travel with their air?

    I'm away quite alot, and I was thinking that usually I take:

    Macbook air 11''
    Cheap Sleeve (to stop air getting scratch in my bag)
    500GB 2.5'' USB drive
    Magsafe charger
    HDMI cable
    Display port to HDMI adapter
    Bluetooth mouse (sometimes)

    I go away most weekends and frequently work away for a week or more.

    Realised that's quite alot, sometimes I go away at the weekend and don't use any of the above.

    Anyone else?
  2. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    I travel quite a bit to various work environments, do a lot of presentations, video calls etc so need a few more cables and adapters but still end up with a very small lightweight package.

    Incase Bag (holds all of the below)
    Leather Sleeve
    MBA 11
    Magsafe Adapter with plug and cord
    USB Ethernet Adapter
    Displayport Adapters (VGA, DVI)
    Video Cables (VGA/DVI)
    iPhone Headset (for music and video/voip calls)
    iPhone/iPad USB cable
    Mini/Micro USB cable
    32gb Flash drive

    Destinations I spend significant amounts of time at usually have an external monitor, keyboard and mouse available. If they didn't I'd likely bring a mouse and use my iPad to extend my screen real estate. My Incase bag would easily hold these things as well.
  3. Redbull916 macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2012
    Brighton, UK
    I'm a consultant who is on the road every day and uses the Air as my main computer.

    Macbook Air 13"
    Magsafe Adapter with plug
    USB Ethernet Adapter
    Displayport Adapter (VGA)
    Magic Mouse.
    Huawei Mifi 3G.
    Kallin USB Hub.
    Small USB charger lead for the Mifi
    Small Apple charger cable for my iPhone / iPad.
    USB Memory stick.
    A couple of MontBlanc pens and a cleaning cloth.

    All fits in a robust Thule case that protects it all with a life on the road.
  4. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    I've traveled extensively with my MBA 13" and it's a wonderful road warrior! The MBA 11" is obviously better in this regard, but it's "lacking" once you're on your home desk.
  5. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    I travel a lot internationally. I have a man bag for the flight / moving around and a carry-on bag with rollerboard that I leave in the hotel.

    The man bag (SFbags Vertigo small) has:

    iPad 3 (Belking back, smart cover)
    external keyboard (Incase Origami Workstation)
    Macbook Air 11" (iPearl case)
    iPhone (Otterbox case)
    MBA power cord
    USB cable for iPhone / iPad
    Apple in-ear headphones

    Of course, I have extra batteries, the iPhone/iPad charger, and other stuff in my carry-on. But, the stuff in the man bag is what I carry on the road. Depending on the type of trip, I often end up leaving the MBA in the hotel room in my carry-on, because I do most of my work on the iPad.
  6. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    All the stuff above plus a projector...use a saddleback thin brief, timbuk2 makes clear one sided mini cable and junk bags in sm,m and large....make everything easy to find....
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    how is the magic mouse? I tried it in store and it felt cheap and not very precise
  8. Redbull916 macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2012
    Brighton, UK
    I like it. It's nice to be able to do a 2 finger swipe between full screen apps.
  9. bwhinnen macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2010
    San Diego
    Mine is quite simple:

    MBA 11"
    knomo leather envelope
    MagSafe Adapter with plugs for location I am going to
    500GB USB2 HDD with cable
  10. AtticusRyan macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2012
    - MBA 11"
    - InCase neoprene sleeve
    - iPad 2
    - Magsafe power adapter (without the extension cord; use the same plug as iPod/iPad and can also use the travel adapter kit)
    - Compact SD card reader
  11. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Interesting seeing all of you folks who take both an iPad and an MBA. And here I thought I was one of the few. :)

    I use a variety of bags, but typically have the following with me:

    MBA 11" (in a generic neoprene sleeve)
    The New iPad (in a slim back shell and smart cover)
    Dual port iPhone/iPad USB charger along with two cables
    Regular iPad power adapter
    Magsafe adapter with a plug for the other country I frequently travel to
    Ethernet adapter for MBA
    Airport Express (only when I don't bring my MBA ... otherwise the MBA can act as a wireless router)
    500GB slim USB drive that also doubles as a Time Machine backup drive for my iMac at home
    Bose earphones with mic
  12. lelloz macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Great Thread!

    in the Tucano Second Skin With Me:

    - MBA 2012 13" i5/8GB/128GB
    - USB to Ethernet adapter
    - Mini Displayport to VGA adapter
    - Pendrive USB Kingston DataTravelere Elite 3.0 16GB
    - Apple cloth

    in the bag:

    - Magsafe + world plug adapters
    - Logitech m555b Mouse
    - Dock connector to USB cable
    - USB Power Adapter
    - Apple headphones
    - iPhone 4 16GB Black

    and that's only the electronic content of my entire bag :)
  13. ducatisteve, Jul 20, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 20, 2012

    ducatisteve macrumors newbie


    Jul 7, 2010
    Jacksonville, FL
    I find the 13" MBA to be an excellent travel companion. This is what my briefcase has in it every day (for work and travel):

    Filson 257 Briefcase
    WaterField Outback Sleeve (Horizontal)



    13" MBA in sleeve
    iPad 2 (Belkin Snap Shield and Smart Cover)
    MBA charger with extension
    6" Ethernet cable
    iPhone/Pad cable
    Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
    Leatherman Wave
    4Sevens Quark MiNi 123 Flashlight
    Shure e2c IEM Headphones
    Pens, Pencils, Stainless Sharpie
    Ronson Jetlite butane torch lighter
    Moleskine notebook
    Car/Work/House keys and wallet

  14. tgara macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    Connecticut, USA
    I have multiple offices for my business, so I am travelling between them. I also take my 11 inch Air when I travel.

    I have a couple of bags that I can choose from, depending on my needs for that particular trip.

    For trips between my offices, I use my daily Tenba Mini Messenger bag. This is really a camera bag, but it has a separate slot inside for an iPad or a MacBook Air (13 or 11 inch). The Air slips right in there. I have a separate Waterfield accessory case that holds a G-Tech 500GB Slim Drive (bus powered), the power brick, a couple of 6-inch USB cables, a Thunderbolt to Gigabit adaptor, and a 30-pin connector cord in case I need to charge my iPhone. The Waterfield case easily fits into the Tenba bag, along with the 11-inch Air, my paper files and other junk I need for the day.

    For longer trips, I have a Waterfield MacBook Air Travel Express that holds all the above gear in a single case.
  15. kolz macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    I like to travel light.

    Set 1:
    • mba 11" (speck shell, kbd protector, screen protector)
    • power adapter (standard) with home + away plug adapter (research what kind of plug the country of destination is using)
    • minidisplay to hdmi
    • headphone bose on-ear with mic
    • iphone/ipad cable


    Set 2:
    • ipad2 with case (I think i got the odoyo ones)
    • ipad/iphone cable
    • power adapter (plug to usb) with home + away plug adapter
    • ipad hdmi adapter

    In any cases, I always have my iPhone and an 8GB usb dongle strapped with a bunch of keys with me ;)
  16. falterego macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2008
    Southern California
    Booq Taipan Shadow medium bag holds the following and feels like the perfect fit for the kit inside. Even has a zipper slot along the back to slide over my rollerboard handle so I don't have to lug it around on my shoulder.

    13" MBA in Speck Pixel sleeve (TSA friendly)
    iPad 2 in iLuv padded sleeve (doesn't need to leave laptop bag for TSA)
    45w Magsafe charger w/extension cable
    Griffin mini cables for USB Mini, USB Micro and 30 pin dock
    USB ethernet adapter
    64GB USB flash drive (has software installers and Linux based recovery partition)
    6ft USB extension
    Duracell Powerhouse backup battery for USB devices
    Belkin 3 port surge protector with USB ports
    4 bit pen sized screw driver

    I don't bother with a mouse since I do much more typing than anything else.
  17. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
  18. kolz macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    yeah i read about it, but note that he also carry his wife's stuffs, and both of them are detective gadgets.

Share This Page