Packing for a vacation more than a few days can be a little overwhelming the first few times especially if you are going to a foreign country. However, after a few trips you get used what you need and what you can do without. Of course there are the more obvious choices and these are just what we found useful over the years. Hopefully this list of traveling essentials will help you while packing and make your trip that more enjoyable.
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I can’t tell you how much these things came in handy on a previous trip. The last thing you want, is your phone’s battery dying while you are trying to grab a photo or using maps to get around. It’s inevitable it will drain, but keeping one of these on hand to charge your phone while waiting in line or for a train, you won’t regret investing incase you don’t have one. Our go to portable battery manufacture has been Anker and you can’t go wrong with any of their options like the PowerCore 20000 with plenty of charge.
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While traveling abroad, you’ll come across different outlets depending on where you are. I wouldn’t rely on your concierge to have a spare either. You have plenty of converter options at your disposal, but OneAdaptr’s line of TWIST & TWIST+ converters are some of our favorites. Their ability to twist for different countries, USB ports and Macbook charging make it a versatile purchase that won’t take up much room in your luggage.
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The likelihood you might replace your bag, wallet, etc. while traveling can be high if you are not careful. Why risk it if you can have your valuables being tracked. That is exactly what something like Tile will do. The Tile Slim will especially handy without adding weight to your wallet and being hidden inconspicuously in your luggage.
The one thing I hate the most while traveling is not knowing where to go, what to do and just wasting valuable time. Apps made by like Triposo and Visit A City make traveling a breeze with all of the content you need at your finger tips. Offline maps make it easy to navigate through cities as you check off must see places from your itinerary. There are tons of apps out there available for both Android and iOS, find the ones specific to your destination.
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COPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT
It’s always better to be safe than sorry especially after hearing horror stories of people losing their passports in a foreign country. To prevent being held up in a country outside of the United States, make physical and digital copies of your passport and upload them to somewhere you can access them easily like Dropbox.
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As obvious as it sounds, you’re going to need enough cash while you travel. However, you don’t want to travel with too much because things do get lost from time to time. So your best bet is to get a travel credit card with no foreign transaction fees. If you’re in a city that doesn’t take credits, which has happened it the past, make sure you coordinate with your bank on partner banks to see which ones do not have a fee to withdraw money.