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Written by: humantech on August 10th, 2012

As a company whose workforce is on the road weekly, we understand the difficulties that work travel can present in terms of ergonomics. So we asked each of our certified professional ergonomists for their best tips on working smarter outside of the office.

lap desk

  1. Use a 4-wheeled suitcase. It requires less force to move and you can push it through the airport by your side in a neutral wrist posture rather than having to reach behind your body and pull or drag a suitcase.
  2. Wear a laptop backpack (on both shoulders) or use a strap on the back of your laptop bag to slide it over the handles of your suitcase to minimize bending over and the stress on your neck and shoulders.
  3. Always use the luggage rack in your hotel room to pack/unpack your luggage which minimizes bending. Do not put open luggage on the floor.  If a luggage rack isn’t available, use the bed or a chair or ottoman.
  4. Use the hotel business center, when available. Most companies now have a webmail application, so email can be checked from any computer.  This will allow you to use a full-size monitor and keyboard instead of the small monitor and cramped keyboard on your laptop.
  5. Hotel desk chairs can have limited height adjustability. Sit on one of the many bed pillows and even put one on the chair armrest to support your arms and keep a more neutral mousing posture.
  6. Use an external keyboard for tablets when writing emails.  Also, save longer emails for when you can access a computer versus typing them out on your phone.

    travel power strip

  7. Some hotels now include a lap desk (see image) in every room.  This ergonomic feature supports a more neutral posture allowing you to sit in bed and work.
  8. Vary postures between sitting and standing.  Visit the hotel’s restaurant bar after you’ve been sitting for a while. Many airport lounges now have raised tables so you can stand during your layovers too.
  9. Use task/reading lights when working in your hotel room or on an airplane.  As nice as natural light is on the plane, it can put strain on the eyes if it’s not enough.
  10. Purchase a compact extension power strip (see image), as there might only be one or two accessible plugs in a hotel room. For laptop and phone chargers, retractable cords save a lot of space in your luggage, and they don’t get tangled.

2 responses to “Ten Ways to Work Ergonomically When Traveling”

  1. Don Dulaney says:

    Do not settle for the mainstream products that are offered if they do not fit your needs completely. Organization will always be a work in progress , that changes as your needs change. For example, I found myself in the fishing section of Walmart upon my quest for a shaving bag. I discovered the plastic lure containers shared the same dimintions as my laptop. The result-a larger variety of needed products in a much smaller space, that maintains better organization, and the elimination of the wasted time and frustrations of digging in a bag to find what I need to start my day.

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