Traveling for qualitative research can be exciting – who can complain about seeing new cities while learning new, exciting insights? Sound nerdy to you? Well, it is…and yes, I am. Anyway, it suffices to say that qualitative research travel is my favorite part of being a consultant.
While traveling for qual can be great, it can also be a disaster if you forget “must haves!” Having traveled for many projects, I’ve learned what items I personally need to bring. “Must have” items may differ for others, so please feel free to comment on this post with your “must haves”!
In my opinion…
Never (and I repeat: never) forget:
- Chargers (for your computer AND your phone)
- Flash drive (for printing in the backroom)
- Mouse (nightmare to not have in the facility if you’re taking notes for 10 hours)
“Nice to haves”:
- Sunglasses (if you’re heading somewhere sunny! I can’t tell you how many cheap pairs of sunglasses I’ve had to buy)
- Toothpaste & shaving cream (While hotels almost always have toothbrushes, surprisingly, they often don’t have these items & running out for them can be a pain after a long day)
- Privacy screen for your laptop (helpful for wandering eyes on planes!)