Kier Boley Multi-Manager Group London-based GAM investment manager I TRY TO travel with the minimum of necessities. When I pack for a business trip I include items that are disposable or have a finite use so that I don't have to take them home with me. This includes reports, analytical material and background write-ups. A lot of information can be stored on a laptop and discs, but I like reviewing information on paper. I usually visit Hong Kong every three months. I also travel frequently to Latin America and the United States. Some airlines are very strict about hand baggage weight so I am strict with myself about what I pack into my flight bag, which also doubles as a briefcase. I always carry my trusty folder full of industry facts and figures and all those heads-up details that could have an impact on the hedge fund and emerging market industry. I also carry a few books that usually include something industry-related and something of a historical nature. I have a compelling urge to resist carrying a BlackBerry or any similar device even though I know they are popular. I don't like the idea of being permanently on call. Many of the files and e-mails I receive are quite large and can require a detailed response, and the BlackBerry is just too fiddly to write extensive replies. There are many ways to stay in touch and work efficiently without having to be a slave to an electronic device. I have other reasons for not wanting to be tied to a BlackBerry. When I travel I like to be focused on what I need to do in the place I am visiting. If I responded to every blip on a BlackBerry it would be easy to travel through countries without observing what is happening around me. Taking note of news and economic and cultural changes is important to what I do. When I arrive in Hong Kong I like to play a little game with myself, which is to try to beat my check-in luggage to the conveyor belt. However, this never happens, even though I race as fast as I can from the aircraft to the immigration desk. The immigration process is fast and efficient, but the luggage handling facilities are even quicker. It is the complete opposite when I arrive at Heathrow after taking the overnight flight from Hong Kong. I often have to wait 1? hours for my bags and then spend forever in the morning rush-hour traffic.