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8 Must-Have Mobile Tools For Road Warriors

Remote workers may not need an office, but they do need a few devices to keep them connected and productive. Here are our top picks to keep you and your teams functioning on the go.
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Today's technology lets us work where we want: office buildings, coffee shops, sun-bathed rooftops, living room desks.

Digital tools have made it easier than ever to communicate with colleagues located down the hall or across the globe. For many employees, location has become irrelevant -- what matters is how well you work from wherever you choose to be.

Some employees use the added flexibility to work from home, where they can avoid a lengthy commute and spend more time with family. Others opt to take their jobs on the road so they can travel without sacrificing their income.

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I'll be doing the latter beginning next month as a participant with Remote Year, a program that arranges long-term travel for groups of remote employees. In preparing for a year around the world, I've compiled a list of tools that will keep me connected and productive whether I'm in a designated workspace or in transit.

Aside from the obvious laptop and smartphone, I've found there are a few gadgets and accessories worth the investment for employees on the road. Noise-cancelling headphones, high-capacity mobile chargers, and a personal hotspot are a few additions to my mobile toolbox.

Read on to learn about more tools that make remote work "work." Do you use any of these products or have recommendations absent from this list? Suggestions are welcome in the comments section below.

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Joe Stanganelli
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2/20/2016 | 8:35:17 PM
Re: Looks like a tablet -- but not
@Michelle: Indeed, there are at least four such apps.  blog.neweggbusiness.com/over-easy/how-to-use-your-tablet-as-a-second-monitor/
Joe Stanganelli
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2/9/2016 | 12:50:32 PM
Re: Looks like a tablet -- but not
@nasimson: You could always get one of those massive iPhone 6 Pluses!  ;)
Joe Stanganelli
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2/9/2016 | 12:49:49 PM
Re: Battery Packs
@jagibbons: Do you find that you tend to stay away from third-party batteries, then?  Or are there particular third-party brands that you trust?
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2/2/2016 | 6:30:51 PM
Re: Looks like a tablet -- but not
Of course, with portable monitors, you really will need privacy screens -- because of all the extra attention from gawkers they'll attract at the airport and on planes and whatnot
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1/31/2016 | 10:38:44 AM
Re: Noise cancelling Headphones
I used to use noise-cancelling headphones, but eventually I just switched to earplugs.  Cheaper and often more effective.  Sure, the noise-cancelling headphones are great for cancelling out the frequency of jet engine noises, but they don't do a lot about your overly talkative seat neighbors on the plane.
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1/28/2016 | 11:12:39 AM
Re: Battery Packs
@jagibbons after hours of browsing chargers, I eventually did go with the Anker. It was heavier than the others but much more powerful.
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1/28/2016 | 11:00:21 AM
Re: Noise cancelling Headphones
@nomii glad to hear they're worth the investment! Still deciding on over-ear vs. in-ear style... it comes down to maximum noise cancellation or portability. Pricey, but I'll be glad I got them.
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