I’m travelling lots in my new role at Ketchum and thinking about what I pack, and almost as importantly, what I don’t.
Technology helps. The functionality and single-focused purpose of apps means that unless you’re editing a document, image or video, you can increasingly get by without a PC.
An iPad or iPhone and the 25+ apps outlined here are the basic tools needed to run a communications team or public relations agency. In fact you could run almost any organisation using this set-up.
I’ve listed Apple versions as I’m an iPhone user but other flavours are obviously available.
Evernote has replaced Notes (bundled with iOS) and Pages for writing for me. The integration and synchronisation with other devices is excellent and the web clipping Chrome plug-in is a secret weapon.
Apple iMessage and FaceTime (both bundled with iOS) are great for iPhone users. SnapChat is a good alternative. Skype remains a favourite for avoiding costly call charges. And for everything else there’s email.
International roaming charges are a big issue. Yes, I’ve had a monthly bill the size of a mortgage repayment on a small family house. Seek out Wi-Fi wherever possible. Speedtest will troubleshoot internet connectivity. My Data Manager keeps on top of data and roaming usage.
Presentation apps aside, saving slides as JPEGs and uploading them to your device is rock solid. Using a device to present is very natural because the device can be passed around.
Feedly for RSS feeds. Espresso from The Economist for a daily shot of what’s important. Podcasts (bundled with iOS) and SoundCloud for audio. Econsultancy, DigiDay, and others, via email. Movie rentals for downtime via iTunes.
The Voice Memos app preloaded on the iPhone is a good general purpose recording app that turns your iPhone into a Dictaphone. There are plenty of more sophisticated alternatives if required.
Back-up your device to a cloud-based service. It’ll cost around £10 per month but will ensure that you’re up and running in quick order in the event of an accident or loss.
I’m going to write a #DesertIslandApp blog post of people’s favourite apps over the weekend. I’d love to include you. What’s the app that you can’t live without?
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