Globe 100 | Road Warrior

Don’t leave home without them

(Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Katie Johnston Chase
Globe Staff / May 18, 2010

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John Capurso knows how to pack for a business trip. The trick is to avoid packing for every trip, said the marketing vice president from Westford, who logs about 100,000 miles a year on the road.

Regardless of where he’s headed for Visioneer, a California document scanner company, Capurso grabs his always ready Victorinox Swiss Army bag filled with high-tech gadgets and heads out the door.

Capurso, 50, started his gadget collection in the mid-1990s with a Palm Pilot and an automatic dialer that punched in his calling card numbers from pay phones (remember those?), and has since moved on to a MacBook, BlackBerry, GPS, iPod, and dozens of other high-tech devices.

“My office is in that bag,’’ says Capurso, who details its contents on his blog, “When you’re on the road for two or three days and you realize you don’t have a power cord, it’s a sobering thing.’’

Apple MacBook Pro ($1,799) The laptop allows Capurso to talk to his wife for free on Skype — a must if you’re on the road for weeks.

BlackBerry Bold 9700 ($499) Capurso’s phone has 3G capabilities for faster data retrieval, a GPS, and a track pad instead of a wheel.

iPod Touch ($199) Chock full of downloaded books (He’s reading Ted Kennedy’s memoir “True Compass’’), music, podcasts, movies, and apps.

Plantronics Voyager Pro Bluetooth headset ($100) Not chic, Capurso admits, “but it was rated the number one headset by CNET.’’

Bose QuietComfort 2 noise-canceling headphones ($300) Essential for blocking out the roar of jet engines.

Verizon Wireless USB modem ($60) The AirCard lets Capurso access the Internet from the Wi-Fi-free confines of Amtrak.

Visioneer Road Warrior document scanner ($200) A marketing man for a scanner company can’t travel without one of his own products, now, can he?

Garmin nüvi 255 GPS ($140) It receives traffic warnings and reroutes him — and even pronounces French words correctly when he’s traveling in Montreal.

Power sources A Kensington 120-watt AC/DC power adapter, a splitter, and international adapters, among others.