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What to Pack in Your Laptop Bag

Part of the Laptops All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Traveling with a laptop requires preparation. Packing your laptop bag with essentials helps you make sure you can access the Internet whether you're in the air or in a hotel. Here are some suggestions for what to pack:

  • Flash memory key: To store critical information off the hard drive.

  • Recordable CD/DVD: To make backups of files on the road.

  • Identification card: List your phone and e-mail and promise a reward.

  • Mini-flashlight: Ever try to find something on the floor of an airplane?

  • Ethernet cable: To connect to a wired network.

  • Phone cord: For emergency use of the dial-up modem.

  • Windows: A copy of the Windows install disk for emergency restarts.

  • Reference: Laptops For Dummies Quick Reference

  • Bottle of pain reliever: Life on the road isn't all peaches and cream.

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