The challenge? Spend a week on the road with no change of clothes and nothing but a BlackBerry, and still do my job as Lifehacker's editor. Here's the complete story in chronological order.
Tagged With no luggage
I spent last week on the road with nothing but a BlackBerry Torch and some essential toiletries for No Luggage Week — an experience that proved both liberating and productive. Few people would ever duplicate the exact experience, but it does have plenty of lessons for anyone who travels regularly for work.
I always planned that one of the main posts during No Luggage Week would have to cover how I altered my work habits to deal with not having a computer as my chief work device. But you know what? I really didn't have to make that many changes.
The good news? In Brisbane, I have a washing machine. The bad news? Optus apparently thinks data services are an unnecessary luxury throughout the Brisbane CBD. It's one thing to have no luggage, but how can I do any work with no net connection?
Spending the whole day away from a power outlet is challenging, but not impossible. Also inside as the No Luggage challenge continues from Newcastle to Melbourne to Bendigo: how NSW is still losing in the rail fare stakes.
The success of my attempt to travel for work for a week without a change of clothes depends on a rigorous laundry routine — and on my outfit drying fully every night. So I'll do anything I can to help the process along.
The signal is better than expected and new applications emerge for the BlackBerry as the No Luggage experiment heads north on a train from Sydney to Newcastle.
The good thing? My suit has more pockets than I thought. The bad thing? Sitting at your my desk with no PC in front of you feels somewhat odd. Welcome to day 1 of my No Luggage experiment.
For next week's No Luggage challenge, I can't pack anything that won't fit in my pockets. So what makes the cut?
Two years ago, I completed the Hand Luggage Only project, roaming across Australia for a month with only what I could fit into a single carry-on bag. Ever since then, I've been looking for a more extreme travel challenge. The solution? Go on the road for work with no luggage whatsoever — and no computer.