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Out-of-Towners

On the road, in the air, in and out of hotels-with the right gear and the best deals, you'll forget that you even have an office.

You know you're a mobile warrior when . . . your laptop case weighs more than your suitcase. Hot syncs are more important than hot showers. You've seen more movies on airplanes than in theaters. You refer to going back to the hotel as "going home." Does that sound like you? Congratulations-you're a fearless-flying, on-the-road, train-hopping, always-connected entrepreneurial mobile warrior.

A business trip should never turn into a business trap, especially when there are now more reliable technology options than ever before. Enhancing your mobile business style is simply a matter of finding the right combination of hardware and services.

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Gregory Brooks, 42, has a laptop bag stocked and ready to go at all times. The founder of Boca Raton, Florida, Microconsultants travels extensively to meet with clients and work on software designed to manage customer relationships. Whenever he sees a presentation on the horizon, Brooks grabs a laptop and his so-called "road warrior survival kit."

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A peek inside his computer case reveals a portable surge protector with a telephone line, various cables and extra CDs and diskettes. "I never know what I'll be faced with when I'm on the road," Brooks says. "I use LapLink so I have a cable in the event I have to transfer data back and forth from one machine to another."

There are bare necessities entrepreneurs must have while on the road, but there are also items that just make traveling easier. Brooks points out one in particular: "Take a pair of portable headphones. I've found if you play a DVD on a plane, the person next to you already hates you for watching your own movie. They don't want to hear it, too."

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This article was originally published in the November 2001 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Out-of-Towners.

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