After traveling to 58 countries over the last 25 years, I have a few favorite products that I always carry in my carry-on bag. If you’re hitting the road soon, here are my top travel product recommendations.
I think I have about six of these. One unit covers EU, US, UK, and Australia and New Zealand. It also has two USB chargers and most importantly TWO FUSES. Yes, there is a backup fuse in case this puppy fizzles out on you while you are traveling. I never thought I would the backup fuse thing until it happened to me. Don’t let it happen to you! The bright color also prevents you from leaving the adapter behind.
If you do a lot of long-haul flights — especially in economy — you should always wear compression socks. Wearing compression stockings during flights can significantly reduce your risk of DVT, as well as leg swelling (oedema). In general, I just find that I feel a bit more “alive” and ready to go after wearing compression socks on a long flight.
Most Airbnb’s don’t come with safes, so I’ve started carrying around this portable safe from Pacsafe. It contains stainless steel wire mesh embedded into poly canvas fabric to help prevent would-be thieves from getting to your valuables. Definitely provides some peace of mind! Pacsafe offers a number of portable safes and travel bags. I highly recommend them!
Most older hotels still don’t have outlets by the bed. I had a Eureka moment a few weeks ago when I realized that if I had a long enough iPhone cable, maybe I didn’t need an outlet by the bed. Such a basic revelation but LIFE-CHANGING. (I sort of love all Anker products, hence the next two items on this list…)
I’m a good person to have around when traveling because I’ve got this guy. 26800mAh of power charges most phones over 7 times, tablets at least 2 times and any other USB device multiple times. Plus 3 USB slots. No more wandering around airports or trying to find a coffee shop when you’re out and about. Just this. Sort of amazing.
I’m also fun at impromptu parties because I’ve usually got this guy in my travel backpack. 24-hour/500-song playtime. Instantly connect to your smartphone or tablet from up to 66 feet away. While a lot of luxury hotels now boast Bose speakers, oftentimes they are not Bluetooth or are only compatible with older iPhones. Hence why I bring my own speaker these days. (Tip: If you can buy this in a bright color, it might help prevent you from leaving it behind.)
In Thailand, I saw everyone wandering around with these so I finally caved. Mine cost me $20 USD in Thailand so don’t let that happen to you — they are MUCH cheaper on Amazon so buy your waterproof phone case before you go. Much cheaper that way. Please note that I am still slightly terrified of my phone getting wet so I’ve been known to double-up. The downside is that it’s much harder to use your phone when you’re doubled-up. But still great to have if you don’t want to leave your stuff on the beach.
Another game changer! This is so much more than an extension cord. Basically, I use this close to my bed in hotel rooms when I want to charge both my phone and anything else. Up to five other things! Think Kindle, iPad, cameras, etc. All in one spot. (I really hate it when I have to plug my devices in all over a hotel room.)
No one wants their credit or debit card details stolen when traveling. While I’ve been lucky so far — knock on wood — the more places I go, the more I use these little guys. To be honest, I don’t use them on all my cards, just the more important ones. (Although in case my wallet gets stolen, I also put one or two on random cards too.) I actually didn’t even realize you should use an RFID sleeve on a passport until recently.
A lot of RFID wallets are pretty ugly. I spent a lot of time searching for this one — it comes in many colors and I like the leather finish. You know what I also like? The peace of mind! This wallet blocks RFID signals and protects the private information stored on card RFID chips from unauthorized scans. Tested from 10MHz to 3000MHz, including 13.56 MHz in which the credit cards operate.