How "portable" is portable? Rather than carry a bunch of stuff along separately, i'm fully self contained "go box portable" instead. So yes... accessories and batteries are included. I use a Motorola amplified speaker. Motorola is about as rugged as it gets for outdoor use. I tried out many other speakers before including different computer and portable DVD player speakers and I keep going back to this one... It's entirely engineered to sound fantastic for radio communications. It has a rather large size speaker inside when compared to most other external speakers. In terms of desiring others to be able to hear everything, this speaker has it's own built in 13 watt amplifier circuit that I can assure you is loud enough to wake up the dead. Selectable phones / external speaker switch idea.