If you travel as much as I do and you're as committed to keeping up with your work as I am, then you might be interested in some of the self sufficiency tips and toys I've acquired over the years. Internet Access. As a Web designer it's not possible for me to go TOO long without an internet connection. To make sure I have what I need on business trips and traveling adventures I use a broadband aircard. The card I have is from Verizon, but it's my understanding that there are more companies that carry them today than when I purchased a few years ago. The aircard works much like a cell phone, generally requiring a 2 year contract and a monthly connection fee. But for me, it has been well-worth it. Case in point. Tonight I'm blogging form the back seat of my mom's Jetta as we are taking a road trip down to Dallas, TX for the week. Vehicle Power Supply. Car, truck, van or SUV I can always plug in. I use an AD/DC adapter that I plug my Mac power cord into for continual power streaming to my machine from any available power outlet or cigarette lighter. These adapters normally run about $35 and can be found at most hardware or electronic stores. External Mac Battery. Power outage? No problem. I recently added a Hyper Mac external battery to my "on the road" arsenal. With it, I have an additional 12 hours of 'no-plug" time. The best part is, I don't have to ever sit and seeth about wasting my time anymore. Because no matter where I am or what I'm doing, I can be fully connected to EVERYTHING in a matter of minutes.