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I have a lot more time on my hands these days, now that I’m not traveling like a madman. To get my travel fix, I watch a lot of travel webcams from around the world (like this compilation) and more recently, my wife and I have started watching videos made by flight attendants and pilots. Sadly, almost all the flight attendants who have popular YouTube channels have been furloughed but many of them are still creating videos, just with a different spin. The ones we watched last night featured their must-have travel products, the things they never leave home without and it got me thinking I should share some of my carry-on must haves. If you’re a road warrior, you may already have some of these items but if you don’t travel as frequently, you may have an ‘aha!’ moment. So here’s the first travel essential that’s always in my carry-on bag.
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I’ve had a slim portable phone charger in my carry-on for years but fortunately, I haven’t had to use it too often because I usually have a good phone with a long-lasting battery and I’m pretty good about making sure it’s fully charged before I go to the airport. TIP: Limit the number of notifications you have coming in and close apps that are running in the background and draining your battery. But you can never guarantee that you’ll never run out of juice so it’s always helpful to have a portable charger handy. In the flight attendant YouTube videos I watched, many of them also raised the good point that there are a lot of airports that don’t have functioning outlets and there are many airplanes that either have outlets that don’t work or don’t have any outlets at all. But there’s another reason you should always travel with your own personal, portable charger. Some security experts caution against plugging your phone into an airport USB charging station (at least, not without some kind of protection, like this $10 data blocker) because these chargers can potentially install malware on your phone. Read that whole story here.
But back to portable chargers. There are plenty to choose from on Amazon but one of the most popular, with a 4.5 rating and with over 4,100 ratings, is this Anker Power Bank Ultra Slim Portable Charger. It comes with an 18-month warranty and is on sale now for $21.99 (31% off).
BTW: If you’re really in a bind and your plane doesn’t have an outlet, you can kindly ask a flight attendant to charge it in the galley, something I’ve done a few times in a pinch.
A few other essentials I always travel with:
-a universal adapter when I’m traveling out of the country
-a travel extension cord
-a travel power strip
-a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter
-an electronics accessories organizer case
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