How much tech
do you need
to feel comfortable?
Given the many things that can happen while traveling via flying machines, I prefer to pack as light as I can–meaning I only take what I can fit in one carry-one bag (my everyday backpack). Doing this means I have to think hard about what I’m taking with me, because not only is space at a premium, but I also have to leave enough room in the bag for anything I might impulse buy during the trip.
It’s a perfect test of your priorities and says a lot about what you value and deem important for your comfort. In my case it meant debating whether or not to bring a bag of toiletries (which I ended up doing), but never once considering leaving my MacBook, iPad, iPhone and Kindle behind.
I suppose for a lot of folks these four items in combination would seem superfluous and redundant, but in my life each serves a unique and important purpose and the thought of doing without any of them for even five days made no sense in my personal context.
A lot of folks pride themselves on their lack of technological dependence, which is fair, but I personally see no shame in being true to yourself if you take happiness in what your collection of blipity-bloop devices have to offer.
It’s not just an issue that comes up during travel. I routinely take all four of these devices with me to work everyday, even though my cubicle is already equipped with a desktop capable of satisfying most people (even though it’s a *shudder* PC). On the one hand, I acknowledge the ridiculous of this, but on the other I don’t care. I’ve simply accepted that at this point I’m basically a short, overweight cyborg co-designed by Apple and Amazon.
To some it might seem like an addiction, but experience has proven to me that I can do without these item–I just don’t enjoy it.
Are you someone who lives your life relatively tech free or are you someone like me?