Make your next gadget-laden journey as painless and productive as possible with PC Advisor's expert advice for mobile business travellers.

Before you go

Take your iPod instead of your laptop An iPod (and other portable USB storage devices) can hold computer files, Outlook data, Internet Explorer favourites, desktop wallpaper, and in some cases, applications. Connect the iPod to a borrowed PC, and voilà - it's like having access to your own computer. Later, synch the iPod with your PC back home. The Migo (about £15) and MojoPac (about £25) utilities each provide this capability.

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Pack your laptop bag with five essentials You should always take a grounded (three-prong) extension cord with at least three outlets so you can recharge multiple gadgets; blank CDs, for transferring files to another PC or burning tunes to play in the rental car; an RJ-11 phone cord, because you never know when you'll need one; an ethernet cable, for the same reason; and your AC adaptor, with airline and car power adaptors.

Research your seat Before booking a flight, head over to Charts reveal which seats on domestic and international flights have the greatest width and pitch and provide in-seat power ports.

Seat Guru

Research your airline seat with Seat Guru

Get a multipurpose, wheeled carry-on Want to minimise the hassle of juggling two carry-on bags? The smartly designed, wheeled Victorinox Coliseum Wheeled Overnight Brief (£350 inc VAT) features an external pocket big enough to hold a laptop bag, plus a capacious interior for clothes, reading material, and other items.

On the next page we get on the road again...