My company enforced a work from home scheme where about 90% of the employees are able to work from the comfort of their home, we were approved to bring our workstation home. I was one of the 90% who was assigned a company issued laptop, however my Internet connection is bad at the place I rent in the city where the office is located, so the solution was for me to join the 10% who works in the office. Months passed and I had to replace my laptop with a desktop unit so I can upgrade the RAM for a project, because the laptop is unupgradable.
Now I'm planning to go back to my hometown for all of December, and if possible continue working from there. My home there has good Internet connection so there won't be connection issues. Also everyone else is working from home so I don't have a reason to not work when I arrive in my hometown. I have been wanting to go home for a long time but couldn't because of the pandemic. I have to process loads of government papers and submit myself for quarantine when I go back to my hometown (home quarantine) and back here in the city when I go back next year (government facility quarantine). It will be very tiring and take me a really long time to prepare everything but I really want to go home for Christmas as I miss my family so much.
Is it reasonable or acceptable for me to request a laptop with the same specs as my desktop unit? My old company issued laptop isn't an option because it will be fried before I can even run a simulator. I'm going alone in a ferry ride, two long bus trips and more than 1km of travel by foot to reach my hometown (located in a mountainous area). I can only carry around 10kgs of stuff based on my previous trips, so carrying the desktop with me isn't an option.
Will it be annoying and too demanding? My higher ups and HR has done so much for me I don't want to offend them. Should I just file a leave for all the days I'll be missing from the office? If I do this, is there a possibility of my company being equally annoyed of me asking for a very long period of leave as of me asking a powerful laptop? What is the better option?