Yup, it's that time of the year again. And, as usual, I'm already starting to prepare my bag of goodies that I will take with me to CES 2019 in January.
Along with my usual two pair of shoes and socks for each day so I can swap them out after a half day, my cane, my black and red Adidas backpack and red coloured cap, there's plenty of tech that will be in my carry-on to help me get through the gruelling days.
First is my MyCharge portable battery bank that can be recharged simply by plugging it into the wall. The insane level of RF and EM interference and the heavy phone usage at CES takes a toll on the battery of my iPhone 8 Plus. It can usually last the entire day without charging, but in Vegas for CES, it will be fully drained halfway through the day. Having this unit plugged in continuously using a Skross Buzz alarm cable is the only way to go.
What is a Skross Buzz alarm cable? It's a charging cable with a loud alarm module so if I accidentally pull the cable from my phone, I will notice it right away. It can also work as a theft deterrent. Since I can be scatterbrained at times, though, I tend to use it more as a reminder.
I'll also have my Canon 7d mkII and trusty Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS lens for photography. Yes, they are big and heavy, but after the last couple of years using only my iPhone as a camera, I need to go back to a DSLR. It provides much cleaner and higher quality pictures, especially in low light conditions which are often found throughout the CES show floors and other events that take place during the show.
For computing, I'll have my Dell Inspiron P83G 13" ultrathin laptop. I tried using only my iPad (and iPad Pro) to write CES reports for the last two years, and it only gave me and my editor headaches. So I'm reverting to the "old-school" laptop and word processor. It's more reliable, and more time efficient for me.
There's nothing worse than spending the entire day in loud noise for me. As my newest benchmark headphones (the last time I picked a benchmark headphones was about 8 years ago), the highly comfortable Sony WH-1000XM3s will be in my bag. They provide long battery life, and I find them to be the absolute best noise cancelling headphones at any price. I'll be wearing them on the flight, as well as during my lunch break and in the press room so I can get my work done. I might just wear them while I walk from one vendor appointment to the next as well.
A tip: bring hand sanitizer with you, and use it often. Also pack extra vitamin C/Echinacea to boost your immune system, and draw yourself a nice, long, hot bath at the end of each day to de-stress. You'll need it.
CES 2019 runs from January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas.