I worked and traveled for along time before having any sort of set up and it definitely took a toll on my body! The idea of having a laptop stand was honestly something that didn’t even cross my mind until recently.
I pretty much only use this set up. Occasionally I’ll be in a coffee shop or airport that has really small tables so I can’t break out my stand, but otherwise I’m pretty much always using my stand and my external keyboard and mouse.
For my laptop stand, I’m using the Roost Laptop Stand. This thing has been amazing! As a very light packer too, this this fits the bill in terms of space and weight. It’s a bit pricier than some other laptop stands, but by far the easiest to use and pack. Definitely worth it!
For an external keyboard, I’m using this one from Anker. Honesty, I’d prefer the Apple one because it’s just slightly thinner (plus it looks all fancy and nice!), but my Anker one is serving me well for now.
For my external mouse, I’m actually using an Apple Wireless Magic Trackpad. My only complaint with this is that there are little “pads” on the bottom that come off easily. When those pads are gone, you can’t click with the trackpad anymore (just touch-tapping!) A bit annoying, but I haven’t been bothered enough by it to buy a new one or to switch to a mouse. I believe the newest Apple Magic Trackpad doesn’t have those pads anymore though.
I used to carry a Wacom tablet with me (it’s supposedly better ergonomically to use a pen instead of a trackpad or mouse) which I used as a trackpad as well, but I prefer the Apple one.
If you prefer a mouse, Nick uses the Apple Magic Mouse and loves it! But there are plenty of other wireless options out there too.