Peter Marber HSBC Halbis Partners, head of Global Emerging Markets Fixed Income and Currencies I IMAGINE THE recent terrorism threat in Britain will change forever the things international businesspeople carry in their briefcases. If there are certain things you are not permitted to carry in a briefcase on an aircraft, then we will have to find ways to live without them. This may not be a bad thing. On business trips, or at least until now, I carry a laptop and a palm pilot, but I am not a slave to either. I don't carry around bushels of paperwork either. When I am flying I use my laptop, but not entirely for work. For example, on my latest trip to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing I used my laptop to work on my new book. I use flying and airport waiting time to review what I have written and put my thoughts in order. I am a compulsive rewriter. If in the future I have to use pad and paper, then so be it. They were both around a long time before we started using computers. I take books with me, but rarely anything that is too business-related or too serious. I read enough of the heavy-duty stuff in the course of my work. At the moment I am reading a book about Bob Dylan, which is an excellent piece of escapism. Where I travel dictates to some extent the things I carry with me. Of course, there is always business-related materials, but these vary according to who I am meeting. If I am meeting with clients and potential investors, I carry the paperwork and support documentation to explain market opportunities. If I am on research missions, I carry the things I need to prepare evaluations. These days, because of the convenience of e-mail and the internet, documents and the very latest information can be accessed whenever required. Anything that helps reduce the number of things I have to carry has to be a good thing. I also carry a good supply of over-the-counter medication. In this job, which involves a lot of travelling, I have to be fit to stay at the top of my game. Having my pills and vitamin supplements with me means I can usually sort out any minor creaks and hiccups without too much disruption. Also, I always travel with a gym kit so I can maintain an exercise programme. Thankfully, these days it is my younger colleagues who do most of the travelling to places more famous for their coal production or security problems than their spas. When I started in this business 20 years ago, I travelled to places only explorers and journalists looking for an offbeat story would visit, and my briefcase has weathered the journey with me.