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23 Items to Help You Work Remotely From a Hotel or Vacation Rental

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In a perfect world, relaxation would be the only thing on your itinerary when you travel, but in real life, work can’t always be put on hold. Whether you’re bringing your laptop to check a few emails on vacation or traveling on business, every work circumstance is different and so are the tools you need to get the job done. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best picks for computer bags, chargers, noise-canceling devices, workstation essentials and everything else you need to work remotely from a hotel or vacation rental. 

SideTrak Slide Portable Monitor For Laptop 

SideTrak computer monitor
Amazon

If you’re accustomed to the increased productivity that comes with having a second monitor at your regular workstation, you don’t have to miss a beat when you travel. The SideTrak Slide Portable Monitor For Laptop turns an ordinary laptop into a dual-screen version. It works equally well with most Mac, PC, and Chrome products and weighs less than 2 lbs for easy traveling. The 12.5 screen even rotates for presentations. It’s an easy way to recreate your office when working remotely.

STM Myth Backpack 18L 

Black backpack
Amazon

The STM Myth Backpack 18L is as sleek and stylish as it is innovative. It was designed with your laptop and tech gadgets in mind, incorporating clever features that allow you to charge your electronics while keeping the cords out of sight. The proprietary Slingtech design protects your laptop with extra padding and gapless corners that keep your laptop safely suspended away from the areas most likely to sustain a bump. There are also dedicated products for items like sunglasses, earbuds, and other accessories. The durable material is water-repellent to protect your valuables in any kind of weather. 

LITTIL Selfie One 

Mini Ring Light for phone
Amazon

The LITTIL Selfie One is the perfect product for virtual meetings on the road. It’s small, portable, and clips easily to a phone, tablet, or laptop. Choose between four brightness levels and three lighting tones to make sure you look your best even in otherwise harsh or unflattering light. The battery lasts 40 minutes to an hour and recharges in 15 minutes with the included cord. 

Espro Ultra-Light Coffee Press 

French coffee press
Amazon

You don’t have to sacrifice a great cup of coffee just because you’re on the road. The Espro Ultra-Light Coffee Press PO is the perfect size for travel. Made of lightweight stainless steel, the patented microfilter keeps grounds, grit, and sludge from making their way into your coffee. Meanwhile, the vacuum seal stops the extraction process as soon as the plunger is pushed down, resulting in a deliciously consistent brew from first to last sip. 

Blue Sky Professional Padfolio 

Black faux leather notebook
Amazon

Even in today’s modern world, there are times when good old-fashioned paper notes come in handy. The Blue Sky Professional Padfolio looks like leather, but it’s far easier to maintain if you have an accident with your water or coffee. It features built-in business card and pen holders to minimize the items you need to carry to meetings and it comes with a lined white notepad on premium paper to get you started. 

Verilux HappyLight VT10 Compact Personal Portable Bright White Light 

Light therapy lamp
Amazon

Working indoors all day can take its toll. If you find yourself missing the healthy boost of exposure to the sun, the Verilux HappyLight VT10 Compact Personal Portable Bright White Light delivers light therapy with over 10,000 lux intensity UV-free, full-spectrum light when you’re on the go. It’s small enough to fit easily into a carry-on bag or backpack to place on your desktop or nightstand. 

ZVOX Dialogue Clarifying Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones 

Amazon

Whether you’re looking to drown out noise during a quick snooze on the airplane or need to increase your concentration while working remotely from a cabin or hotel room, ZVOX Dialogue Clarifying Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones just might be your best friend. These headphones fold flat into the carrying case and at less than a half-pound, they’re ideal for travel. There’s also a built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls and they connect easily to your phone, computer, or tablet. 

Balmuda The Kettle 

Black electric tea kettle
Amazon

If you need hot water for coffee, tea, or soup while you’re working, Balmuda The Kettle is the perfect size to stuff in your suitcase or bag when you travel. It’s lightweight and holds just enough hot water for 3 standard-sized cups of coffee or tea. Its smaller size allows it to heat water faster than most of its competitors, and the elegant painted stainless steel design means it’s beautiful enough to leave on the countertop after you return back home. 

Sabintek Smartmike + Wireless Lavalier Microphone 

Clip on Lavalier Microphone
Amazon

If you need to record an interview, presentation, class, or podcast, a good microphone is a must. The Sabintek Smartmike + Wireless Lavalier Microphone cancels background noise while enhancing speech and authentic sound, even in noisy environments. It’s small enough to clip onto your lapel and comes with headphones so you can monitor your recording in real-time. You can also connect it through Bluetooth. 

Quartet Glass Dry-Erase Desktop Computer Pad 

Dry erase computer pad
Amazon

If you’re tired of covering your work area with sticky notes to remind yourself of upcoming tasks, there’s another option. The Quartet Glass Dry-Erase Desktop Computer Pad makes it easy to jot down reminders and to-do lists and erase them as you go along. There’s also a built-in storage tray to keep yourself organized along with storage on top for your markers. It’s the perfect size to stuff into your suitcase when you’re working remotely on the road. 

Omni 20+ Charger

Laptop power bank
Amazon

The Omni 20+Charger can be a lifesaver for anyone traveling with multiple gadgets and accessories. It’s compact enough for travel but powerful enough to multiple items at high speed at the same time, including laptops, phones, tablets, cameras, and drones. If you left your phone cord at home, don’t worry. The Omni 20+ will power it wirelessly. It recharges from an outlet or solar power, so it will always be ready to use when you need it. 

Hydrate Spark Steel Smart Water Bottle 

HidrateSpark Water Bottle
Amazon

Do you need to remind yourself to remain hydrated while you’re working? If so, the Hydrate Spark Steel Smart Water Bottle is here to help. It has a special sensor to track your water intake. When it’s time to take a drink, colorful LED lights glow at the base as a reminder. You can also sync it to your smartphone so your hydration goals can be customized for physical exercise and other activities.  

Pure Enrichment PureRelief Neck And Shoulder Heating Pad 

Heating Pad
Amazon

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the office or working remotely – typing at your computer all day is hard on your body. The Pure Enrichment PureRelief Neck and Shoulder Heating Pad offer relief to our stiff, aching, neck and shoulders. Or better yet, use while you’re working so your muscles will be less likely to tense up to begin with. It’s small enough to fit into your carry-on and heats up in a matter of seconds. 

JLab Epic Air Sport Anc True Wireless Earbuds 

Wireless Earbuds
Amazon

JLab Epic Air Sport Anc True Wireless Earbuds are a versatile, high-quality product for anyone who wants a noise-canceling earbud for work, plane rides, or athletic activities. The earbuds have a built-in microphone for phone calls, over 70-hours of playtime, and six tips so you can find the perfect fit for your ears. They are dirt and sweat-resistant and the ergonomic design keeps them in place whether you’re pacing around the room or jogging. 

Nomatic Laptop Bag 

The ultra contemporary Nomatic Laptop Bag gives you the option of wearing it as a backpack or turning it on the side to carry as a briefcase. There are 20 pockets for all your gadgets, including a locking security pocket, a hidden pocket for valuables, and a hard case for your sunglasses. The bag ingeniously expands to make more room for clothes and extra gear when you travel. It’s water-resistant and built to last a lifetime. 

Startech Monitor Riser Stand With Wireless Charging Pad 

Computer monitor riser
Amazon

Experts recommend placing your monitor at or slightly below eye level to avoid neck pain, but when you’re traveling, you rarely have control over the height of your desk. The Startech Monitor Riser Stand With Wireless Charging Pad has a hollow body, so it won’t take up much space in your suitcase. Once you arrive at your remote workplace, you can adjust it to your desired height. It even has a built-in wireless charging pad for your phone or tablet. 

Welly Traveler   

Bamboo water bottle with lemon design
Amazon

If plain water won’t do the trick (or even if it does), the Welly Traveler includes a removable infuser for brewing tea or flavoring your water naturally with berries or lemon slices. Its beautiful design comes from a combination of stainless steel and bamboo. The Welly Travel is triple-walled to keep water cold for up to 24 hours and sweat-free so you don’t have to worry about water rings damaging the furniture. 

Fjallraven High Coast Totepack No 1 

Blue travel hand bag
Amazon

Fjallraven products win consistent raves for combining durability and function with eco-sustainability. The Fjallraven High Coast Totepack No 1 can be used as a tote, shoulder bag, or backpack. It’s lightweight, yet has a reinforced base sturdy enough for all your travel accessories and a zippered compartment for a 15-inch laptop. There are plenty of pockets to keep you organized, too. The bag is made of recycled material so you can feel good about carrying it. 

Uber Chill Mini Appliance 

Cosmetics/Skincare Mini-Fridge
Amazon

If you’re working remotely from a cabin, chances are you have a refrigerator, but if you’re in a hotel, you’ll find that fewer properties are offering mini-fridges than in the past. The Uber Chill Mini Appliance is about the same size as a small cooler and it only weighs 3 pounds. It’s big enough to hold six cans of your favorite beverage. No ice is necessary, just plug it into a wall outlet or car charger. This clever gadget doubles as a warmer, too, so you can use it to store your leftovers until you’re ready to eat them later. 

Linearflux Hypercharger XX 

Digital Charger
Amazon

The Linearflux Hypercharger XX was designed to charge your devices when you’re on the go. It’s a great option for airports or rooms that don’t have enough outlets. This high-speed true wireless charging system gives you several options for juicing your devices including a docking system and a wireless charging pad so you can charge multiple devices at once. The digital display helps you easily monitor when its work is done. 

Zugu iPad Case   

Adjustable iPad case
Amazon

If you’re traveling with an iPad, Zugu cases offer beautiful protection. Made from synthetic leather, Zugu cases are tough enough to protect your iPad against drops from up to five feet while the microfiber lining protects the screen from scuffing.  The case has a built-in stand for video conferences or watching movies and discreet air vents to prevent your device from overheating.  

Lumicharge LD

Wireless Phone Charger
Amazon

If you prefer a room full of music instead of earphones or earbuds, the Lumicharge LD is a bluetooth speaker, universal charging dock for your phone, and dimmable lamp. It’s small enough to store in a carry on or backpack and you can control the brightness and colors of the lamp through Alexa or Google Assistant. 

Pixel Eyewear Anti-Blue Light Glasses 

Bluelight Glasses
Amazon

Staring at a computer screen, or any electronic device, all day, strains your eyes. Pixel Eyewear Anti-Blue Light Glasses reduce eye strain symptoms like dry eyes and headaches. The lenses are clear and the frames are attractive and professional enough to pass as a regular pair of glasses in meetings. 

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