Staying productive while on the road

Nine out of ten business people work while they travel. Here are some gadgets that will make your journey time even more productive, whether you are traveling by train, waiting for your departure or taking a break on a parking lot.


  • Leave your plug at home: All electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops, need charging frequently, and often at the same time. But power outlets can be hard to come by in a train or at the airport. A multiple USB plug is the ideal solution for charging several devices at the same time while on the go, for example this compact hub by allocacoc, which can connect up to four devices. And if you don’t happen to have a power outlet nearby, the incorporated 5000 mAh power bank supplies enough energy to fully charge your smartphone twice. allocacoc PowerUSB Portable, approx. 25 Euro
  • From paper to PDF: How often have you read an interesting article somewhere, but have forgotten about it as soon as you are back in the office … One way to jog your memory is to take a photo with your smartphone. However, a scan is more practical. The ScanMarker Air allows you to do this while you are on the road. It works in a similar way to a normal text marker, but transfers the letters it “marks” to your cell phone or laptop via Bluetooth connection or USB cable. That means you don’t have to retype the text from the photo, but can send it directly or edit it. What’s more, the marker can translate the scanned content into more than 40 languages. ScanMarker Air, approx. 100 Euro
  • Type as you go: Writing long texts on a smartphone or tablet requires a lot of effort. If you don’t want to take a laptop with you, a Bluetooth keyboard is a good alternative. Ideally, this shouldn’t take up much space in your luggage either. Enter the prizewinning LG Rolly Keyboard: It can be rolled up small and is easily stowed away. The Bluetooth keyboard also has a fold-out stand to dock your mobile devices. LG Rolly Keyboard, approx. 65 Euro