What You Need for Working in the Park

What You Need for Working in the ParkSpringtime will soon be upon us and that means warmer weather. Instead of spending the day cooped up in your office basking in fluorescent light and breathing in circulated air, take your work outside to a park and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that come from being out in nature. Below is everything you’ll need to make working from a park doable.

 

Art of Manliness What You Need for Working in the Park

1. American Optical Flight Gear Sunglasses

It will likely be bright outside when you take your work to the park. You’re going to need some shades to keep from squinting. These aviators from American optics are affordable, rugged, and classy looking.

 

2. Baloney Sandwich

Make work in a park a picnic by brining along some food. I’m a simple man. I don’t need a fancy panini. Just give me some humble Oscar Meyer baloney sandwiched between two slices of Wonder Bread, and I’m a happy camper.

 

3. Droid RAZZR HD

Some cities have installed free wi-fi access in public parks. If you’re not lucky enough to live in one of these towns, you’ll need to bring along your own internet access. Most Android phones can be turned into a mobile hotspot so you can connect your laptop to your cell phone’s network. Most phone providers charge a bit extra for tethering other devices to your phone like this, but if it means you get to enjoy the outdoors while getting some work done, it’s well worth it.

 

4. Steaz Energy

Clean energy with no artificial sweeteners. All of Steaz’s products use Stevia, a natural, calorie-free sweetener.

 

5. Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine

I’m a big fan of pocket notebooks as well as Evernote. With the Evernote Smart Notebook from Moleskine you get the best of both worlds. The paper in the Evernote Smart Notebook is designed specifically to use with Evernote’s Page Capture on their smartphone app. Your handwritten notes and doodles can be instantly digitized and stored in the cloud.

 

6. Rocketfish Pen/Tablet Stylus

Use the pen part to take notes in your Moleskine; use the stylus part to jot notes on your tablet.

 

7. L.L. Bean Maine Guide Laptop Bag

Made from waxed leather, this laptop bag will protect all your valuables, even if you get caught in a rainstorm.

 

8. Headphones

You don’t want to disrupt your fellow park-goers or the squirrels with your tunes. Make sure to plug in some headphones.

 

9. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga Convertible

With its flip-and-fold design, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga Convertible lets you easily switch from laptop to tablet mode. Finish those TPS reports while in laptop mode and then take a break to read The Sun Also Rises in tablet mode while you relax in the beautiful surroundings.

 

Founded in January 2008, The Art of Manliness is a blog focused on reviving the lost art of manliness. With over 2 million monthly page views, The Art of Manliness represents a new kind of magazine for men, one that focuses on helping men become better citizens, fathers, husbands, friends, and simply all around better men. Husband and wife team, Brett and Kate McKay head up the up the blog. They live in Tulsa, OK.

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Brett McKay
Founded in January 2008, The Art of Manliness is a blog focused on reviving the lost art of manliness. With over 7 million monthly page views, The Art of Manliness represents a new kind of magazine for men, one that focuses on helping men become better citizens, fathers, husbands, friends, and simply all around better men. Husband and wife team, Brett and Kate McKay head up the blog. They live in Tulsa, OK.
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  • http://www.brosix.com/ Brosix

    I love the bag. I just worry about the screen glare.

  • jeffrivers

    Stylus has been discontinued. Got a replacement recommendation?

  • Stever

    Energy drink??? Nay. Water for sure. Stash some Mio if you feel, at some point, like jazzing it up. And grab a better-than-decent cuppa Joe (IF your park has decent restroom facilities) instead of that energy drink. I’m not so much down on energy drinks as I am a fan of coffee in the great outdoors. Depending upon the park setting and facilities, a folding chair (or, better yet, a lounger) can be the most important thing you bring next to your cell phone. A camera! I realize that everyone’s phone has a camera, but I’m talking about a real camera; the kind you want on hand if something shows up of interest as it often does in a park setting (some critter, some eccentric human behavior, some bit of nature that catches your eye) and preferably one with some decent amount of optical zoom capability. And, oh yeah, a hat! With a brim. Good to keep the sun off your face, helps with your reading, and is it great for when you catch a few contemplative zzz’s!

  • JustAJokeFolks

    What I need for working in the park? A short skirt, tight blouse