My job has me traveling to a lot of remote customer events and customer sites, both domestic and international. While on-site with our customers, I lead or facilitate co-creation workshops or conduct primary research.

As such, I needed to assemble a rugged, travel-ready kit of supplies to be an effective facilitator.

Mobile Kit Requirements

I had a few requirements for the supply case:

  1. Rugged for international travel. This case will need to be tough enough to be checked on international flights, because the last thing I want to do is lug around an additional case while making connecting flights.
  2. Large enough to hold both recording equipment and facilitator supplies. I’ve got a lot of supplies to lug around, as you’ll see with the photos.
  3. Distinctive color. This is a vanity thing, but the Mastercard brand is strong and I’d like to get somewhat close to the color, even if the brand standards team lower their head in shame.

After a lot of research and thought, I landed on a Pelican 1500 Case with two accessory add-ons: a padded divider set for the digital needs and analog tools.

Digital

  • Sure MV88+ Video Kit. Using the Sure companion app, I can record 4k video on my iPhone and patch in high-quality audio. The tripod is amazing for recording stable video of co-creation workshops and user sessions. $250.
  • Logitech Brio 4K webcam. This is primarily to record participants for in-person usability evaluations. It mounts easily on my MacBook Pro or a  Dell laptop. It’s easy to record and true up footage from the participant with the screen recording. Plus, it works great in low-light. $200.
  • Boosa Macro M1 Power Bank. You never know when you’re going to need to charge up your devices, especially between sessions. For peace of mind, it’s worth having an 10000 mAh High Speed USB-C battery pack. Paired with a USB-C to Lightning cable, you can rapidly replenish lost battery.

Analog

The analog supplies will vary, but at a high level, I keep the following in the case:

  • Dozen black sharpies
  • Sharpie flip chart markers
  • Fine tip and broad dry erase markers
  • Post-it notes
  • Multi-colored dot stickers/color coding labels
  • Washi tape
  • Painters tape
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Pens
  • Index cards
  • Notebooks/legal pads

The end result is a rugged, durable case that fits in most (lookin’ at you, CRJ-700s) overhead bins, and is tough enough to be thrown by baggage handlers.

Behold!

Header photo by Ross Parmly on Unsplash