3 Things You Need In Your Family Travel Kit

Last month my family and I went on two trips that resulted in us being gone 5 out of 7 days in 2 different places.  I travel fairly frequently for business, and have my travel routines down. I have a couple of pre-packed kits—one for toiletries, one for technology—that have everything I could possibly need for the presentations and workshops I give on the road.

Traveling with family is different. Everyone needs wifi access which, in some cases, can be $$ per day per device.  Everyone needs chargers for all their (inevitably) different devices. Someone will always leave that one connector they really, really need back at home. Even if you remember everything, carting around all that gear can really weigh you down.

When I got home from our last trip, I decided that I really needed a travel kit that was geared toward family travel, covered all the bases, worked for everyone, yet didn’t take up too much packing space or weigh down my carry-on.

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Liz Asks: Are you coming to camp?

Are you coming to TC Summer Camp? (Have you been to TC Camp?)

TC Camp, the non-profit we launched last year is expanding! The board at TC Camp is taking it to the East Coast next month: It’s TC Summer Camp!

TC Summer Camp is an unconference – the only one focused on content creators and the people who support them. It’s been going for four years in Silicon Valley, and now they’re coming East. If you’ve never been, it’s an amazingly intense and stimulating event. Get together with your peers and wrap your arms around the topics you care most about. You’re guaranteed to be interested in the unconference sessions because you’ll be deciding the topics on the day of the event!

Read more over at the TC Camp website — read about how an unconference event works or what past attendees have to say (and why then don’t miss it!)

We’ll be there, so if you’re within driving distance of Fairfax, VA, on Saturday, the 30th of July, come say hi!

April is a big month for conferences

At last count there are 8-10 conferences in the month of April. This year, we chose STC Spectrum (Rochester, NY, 4/17-19) and STC Interchange (Lowell, MA, 4/1-2).

If you’re in the general north eastern US area or able to get there, you should come. We’ve got something special planned: If you missed the presentation we did on the Cult of DITA, we’ll be reprising it there live and in person at both of these events.  (And yes, we’ll be inducting new members and giving away the coveted buttons!)

Although both events are on the small side (~100 people), the intimacy of the event gives you a chance to really learn and really connect with the people around you. As with any local conference that partially overlaps a weekend day, the quality of attendees is very high: These are the people who are learning on their own time and are dedicated to improving their skills.

We’re looking forward to it and hope we’ll see you there!