Often when I travel, I have to work long hours: programming

In many cases there is no office chair, resulting in an uncomfortable work position on a regular chair and table, and ultimately in back pain. I am about 190cm or 6'2" tall.

Is there some trick or some pocketable “device” to make my sitting situation better?

  • I think this is quite off-topic here - there is no information about traveling - only about ergonomics and health. There are other SE-sites you can post this question. – VMAtm Apr 24 '12 at 5:45
  • @VMAtm: Which SE-site do you recommend? For me it's an issue that I only have when traveling, and that I expect other travelers to have as well. – feklee Apr 24 '12 at 10:28
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    @feklee I saw your flag regarding this question being okay according to FAQs as "health and safety related to travel". This is a vague term, but I believe the general understanding is that it would need to be specifically related to the act of travelling. The 'travel' part is an external factor here: sitting ergonomically without an office chair is the main question here. This is why the question was closed and I agree with the community vote. – Ankur Banerjee Apr 24 '12 at 10:48
  • @VMAtm: To me the question is about working around limitations of typical workspaces available when traveling, so it is definitely related to traveling! Anyway, I would appreciate if you reply to my earlier question: "Which SE-site do you recommend?" After all, you said: "There are other SE-sites you can post this question." Feel free to move the question. – feklee Apr 24 '12 at 11:26
  • @AnkurBanerjee: Edited the title, as it may have been misleading. What do you think is a more appropriate SE-site for the question? – feklee Apr 24 '12 at 11:32

Most hotels have "business centers" with office chairs and desks in them, though some of those do have specific hours. Many major cities also offer temporary workspaces that you can rent for a day.

If the problem is a lack of support, you might try something like this, which you can attach to whatever chair you're sitting in (I use these in the car). They should be easily packable as you could pack things between the straps and the actual support.

If the trouble is desk height (you're always slouching or bending over to see the screen), then the best you can do is get a lapdesk or build one out of books to add support.

  • Thanks for the suggestions. At the moment I stay in a rented apartment ‒ no hotel with business center (too expensive). I am aware of coworking places, but I prefer to work alone. The support you linked to looks interesting. Perhaps that can be combined with a rotating pillow, also available as accessory for cars. Recently I used a very simple rotating chair, and that was enough to keep my back feel comfortable. – feklee Apr 23 '12 at 16:59

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