The Way We Work

Many of my posts are about making your work-from-home life more fun and enjoyable, but what can you do when you want to put on your travel pants and take your office on the road?

With today’s technology, you don’t need to be tethered to a desk — as the many Digital Nomads can attest to.

These five gadgets aren’t just cool, they’ll also help you see the world without jeopardizing any deadlines.

1. A portable solar laptop charger

Never worry about losing your productivity groove because of short battery life again. This article reviews seven great options.

Sunshine Solar Briefcase Charger Amorphous 13 Watt

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2. Noise Cancelling Headphones

Too crowded to concentrate? Pop a set of these babies on your ears and it will be almost like you’re the only one around. Just remember not to “belt it out” when you sing along.

AKG's K 490 NC headphones

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3. Mojo Slim Universal Travel Adapter

This slim travel adaptor works in 150 countries and takes up next to no room.

Mojo Slim Universal Travel Adapter

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4. The Livescribe Pen

This smart pen sends what you have written (or recorded) to your laptop or mobile device. A great alternative to trying in vain to see past the glare on your laptop screen when you’re writing outside!

Livescribe 3 smartpen

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5. 12 Volt “Smart” Car Pot

No coffee shop, no electricity, no problem! This pot plugs into your car and can do coffee, tea, or soup. Amazing? Not really. Necessary? Absolutely!

12-volt “Smart” Car Pot

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BONUS Gadget of the Future: The Teleportation Device

Science or fiction? Dutch scientists may have taken a step toward making teleportation a reality. There is no doubt teleportation would really come in handy when you felt like a change of scenery.

Star Trek, sculpture by Devorah Sperber, Spock, Kirk and McCoy: Beaming-In (In-Between), Microsoft, Studio D, Redmond, Washington, USA – by Wonderland on flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Star Trek, sculpture by Devorah Sperber, Spock, Kirk and McCoy: Beaming-In (In-Between), Microsoft, Studio D, Redmond, Washington, USA. Photo by Wonderlane on flickr (CC BY 2.0)

What are your go-to gadgets for working on the move? Tell us in the comments!
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Melanie Feltham

Contributing Author

As the Social Media Community Manager at Upwork, Melanie Feltham works closely with the social team to engage Upwork's active social audience. Her spare time is spent walking the lakeshore near her home office in Toronto, drawing and painting wildlife, and working on passion projects–the latest, a book about misconceptions spread by popular media. Connect with her on Twitter @MelanieFeltham to find out more about… read more