By Shantanu Mohan
January 16, 2018
Welcome back to the second half of our two-part article on how to pack for remote work from your RV! In case you missed Part One, please click here!
Whether you’re looking to take a working vacation or set out on a lifetime adventure, working with a virtual office can allow you to collaborate with your team back at headquarters, coordinate with other remote team members, or submit work on your own based on what your employer needs. Last time we started with the laptop and them rolled on to your internet hotspot, a headset for phone calls, and a wireless mouse because touch-pads aren’t great for long-term use.
Let’s continue where we left off!
When you’re in the world – just you, your laptop, and maybe a companion – it’s important to have a plan along with a backup plan in case the first one falls through!
One of the best backup plans for mobile tech is a portable battery. If you’ve been RV adventuring for any length of time, you’re probably already at least passingly familiar with batteries. For this one, make sure to get something that can charge from the wall and has the right ports to recharge your laptop and phone. Ideally, this is a tool that can come with you if the RV goes in for repairs.
One of the greatest things that has happened in the last decade is consumer-sized and priced solar panels. Some portable battery models can more than happily connect to a mini solar panel and begin recharging off the endless power of the sun.
The great thing about the solar panel is that even if all your electronics died at once (laptop, hotspot, battery, etc) you can always refill the battery from sunlight then refill the others with the same method. The efficiency of this process will depend on the power generation capabilities of your panels and battery.
You may be happy with your laptop, and you should be, but it’s not perfect for everything. Checking instructions when doing roadside repairs, reading in bed, and taking pictures of the stars are all better done with a tablet. If your remote job sometimes results in presentations and social events, the tablet is also a superior device for note taking and presentations depending on whether or not you’re leading a meeting.
You never know when something might go just a little bit wrong. From a crack in your laptop case to swapping out the battery with something cooler, you can always be prepared with the right repair kit.
Laptops are made to be last while being hauled around, but they’re still machines and sometimes something comes loose. For the laptop, bring small screwdrivers, spare computer screws, a set of needle nose pliers, q-tips, Windex, and a razor blade. For the occasional sharp metal corner, bring clean gauze packets, rubbing alcohol, Neosporin, and band-aids.
Sometimes all your other technology and internet-based communication may fail and a perfectly normal cellphone will be the most useful tool. Minimal cell phone plans are quite affordable, so while you’re on the road, it’s always a good idea to have a real phone on you.
In fact, a phone with a real phone plan is currently the most reliable way to call 911 in an emergency, though VOIP and Skype can fill in almost everywhere else. Make sure to keep a cell phone with an active plan and it’s charger with you at all times, just in case.
The final question for remote work from your RV becomes where to put all the stuff you need to be an excellent professional on-the-go lifestylist. You need an incredibly sturdy and reliable laptop bag capable of carrying everything from your actual laptop down to the tiny repair kit in its own pocket. Many people also keep a backup pen and pad of paper along with things like minty gum, extra power cables, and perhaps even a comb.
Armed to the teeth with amazing tech, you are now ready to embark on an amazing sequence of adventures made possible through your internet lifestyle choices. Remote work from your RV is a great experience, especially when you never have to ‘go home’ because your virtual office is on the cloud.
For more great tips and tricks for remote work or to find the right virtual office solution for you, contact us today!