The more I travel, the easier it is for me to pack for trips; I have a system down and there are certain things I always pack. I keep a running list in my phone of things that I tend to forget (deodorant, meds, etc.). Today I wanted to share four things I think are totally worth it when traveling!
This is my number one suggestion for anyone who travels a little bit or a lot a bit. Whether you side on the paper books only or electronic only (or a mix of both!) having my Kindle with me is a must for traveling. Here are a couple reasons why it was worth the $80 investment (that I bought 5 years ago and still use everyday!)
-My Kindle downloads books using 3G… which means I’ve downloaded new books on the beach in Thailand and on a bus in China! No need to worry about wifi!
–I still use my library card from the states. That’s right, I live in China and read free books all the time. This is a major win!
-It’s hard for me to find English books when traveling/living in Asia. So it just makes sense to have my Kindle, you know?
Before you travel, please add money to your Skype account. You would be silly not to. I added $10 over a year and a half ago and I still have about half left. I do this when I need to call an American number; a bank, an airline, or even my mom when my bike was stolen on a subway. All you need is a wifi connection (which you can find at hotels, most public buildings, and restaurants abroad) and it’s much better than having to pay a huge international fee on your cell phone!
I have a special gift that most people are very jealous of; I can fall asleep pretty much anywhere, which means I easily fall asleep on planes. I’m never without my travel pillow and eye mask, even if I’m just traveling on a bus. Yes, it makes me look like a #diva, but if it gets me sleeping, then no judgements right?
Regardless of what financial experts say, in my opinion it’s very smart to have a credit card when you travel. Here is a real life example… when I was in Iceland this summer, I had a throat infection and needed to get it figured out before leaving for our road trip. I went to the ER and because I only have American insurance, I had to pay over $300. Being able to put that on my credit card and not have to worry about paying an additional amount in fees was wonderful. I currently use the Chase Sapphire credit card and the Capital One Venture card. Both cards have also helped me to get free miles!
My fellow travelers, what are your must-haves?
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