Maybe it is because I’m buried under several inches of snow and the temp is at stupid cold that I am already planning a crazy summer of travel. Between vacations, conventions, and work travel, the road and various airports will be my best friends. While I was booking hotels and flights the other day, I got to thinking about what is essential for making travel a bit less stressful. Some people read books or watch movies. Me, I listen to music and play lot of video games.
My basic travel survival kit includes my Vita, 3DS XL, and iPod. I pack pretty much every game I have for my Vita and 3DS. You know, because I might get an itch to play a game I haven’t touched in over a year. A few days before I head out, I commence the mad rush to pull updates to my devices. I start to fill every outlet in the house with a charger of some kind. There is a bit of a routine to all of this.
Another interesting effect of traveling with gaming gear are the conversations that happen. I met my wife on a plane after she commented on my DS and how the Gameboy has come a long way. I’ve talked to random people about my Vita as some people have no idea what it is. There have been flights where my single serving friend and I chatted about video games of our childhood. It just goes to show ya, you never know who you will be talking video games with next.
Throughout the years, my travel gaming kit has been through several revisions. Yet, I always have some sort of dedicated gaming device with me when I am on the road. So what do you consider an essential part of your gaming travel kit? Have you made the jump to just using your phone, or do you still pack a portable gaming device? Heck, do you go all Keri and pack your 360? What say you?