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What item can't you live without that no one else seems to know about?

by /bio/travel-rob »

That is a great idea Jason!I always see people crowded around outlets at airports etc.

If I'm bringing a laptop,or will have access to a computer on my trip,I bring a small regular phone and a Magic Jack.Not only can I callthe US or Canada for free ,I can call other places for a few cents a minute using Google Voice.It's come in handy on a few trips and I actually avoiding taking a cell phone with me. 

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by /bio/pheymont »

Be very careful in choosing a surge protector for international travel. The one that Jason recommends has a "clamping voltage" of 800v, which is suitable for the purpose. Standard U.S. 110/120v surge protectors have clamping voltages in the range of 300-400v; they respond when the voltage surges to that level. If used on a 220v line, where surges up to about 700-800v can be "let through," it would fry easily. Look for a clamping voltage of 700v or so, or a "dual-voltage" in the description.

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When I pack, I always include Belkin's mini 3-outlet travel swivel surge protector.

It turns one charging outlet into three charging outlets, which makes life so much easier. It seems that although our devices have multiplied, available power outlets have not. This thing makes me friends at airports where people gather around charging stations, and it means that I can still charge up all my items no matter how old and outlet-deprived the motel or hotel. There are also two slots for charging things that can be charged by USB. And, yes, it's a surge suppressor, too, which has its own obvious benefits. Here is a shortlink that takes you to its Amazon page: http://j.mp/Yp01jf


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RE: What item can't you live without that no one else seems to know about?

by /bio/pheymont »

Belkin pocket router...for those moments when you're in an older hotel that has an ethernet port, but no wireless. Saves marriages by plugging into the ethernet and generating a wireless hotspot that husband and wife can both share!

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RE: What item can't you live without that no one else seems to know about?

by /bio/travel-rob »

So that's what the secret is to staying married LOL.Good to know. Another smart idea.

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RE: What item can't you live without that no one else seems to know about?

by jasoncochran »

When I pack, I always include Belkin's mini 3-outlet travel swivel surge protector.

It turns one charging outlet into three charging outlets, which makes life so much easier. It seems that although our devices have multiplied, available power outlets have not. This thing makes me friends at airports where people gather around charging stations, and it means that I can still charge up all my items no matter how old and outlet-deprived the motel or hotel. There are also two slots for charging things that can be charged by USB. And, yes, it's a surge suppressor, too, which has its own obvious benefits. Here is a shortlink that takes you to its Amazon page: http://j.mp/Yp01jf

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by /bio/johnt »

Marriage is a funny thing though. I think just by bringing a router on vacation, that divorce papers might be served on me.....

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RE: What item can't you live without that no one else seems to know about?

by /bio/joanna »

I've got a couple of very mundane items that I always bring, can't live without on the road.  A heating coil for tea or coffee or soup in a cup when I just don't want to go back out to eat.  And a very soft nightlight for the bathroom.  The heating coil was purchased in the US and is dual voltage.  The nightlight I found in a UK electrical store and I use plug adaptors as needed for both items.  Obviously neither are high tech guy things but one cannot live by electronics alone.

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drfumblefinger

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by drfumblefinger »

1) Small first aid kit, with bandages, antibacterial cream, moleskin, few basic meds.

Can't count on my digits how many times I've been glad I had this along -- usually not for me.  When I've dipped into the first aid kit it generally is to help out someone else I run into who needs this stuff, which is not always readily available (eg. backcountry backpacking). 

2) I always make sure I have spare batteries and always have a small flashlight whereever I go.  Was caught lightless during a power outage in an evening monsoon in Sri Lanka.  Never again.

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by /bio/pheymont »

Oh, yes...Melitta-style coffee cone. It takes up no space, because it's filled with socks, etc.

Since we rent apartments, and I start (and continue, and finish) the day with coffee, finding no coffee equipment, or only a cafetiere doesn't make me happy. I've so far found no country without filters (and paper towel is an acceptable subsitute)...but several times I found no funnels available. So now the cone goes with, even if not used.

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by kringenwally »

Immersion heater coil - bought one in Europe, another for N.Am., another for Down Under. Tea bags, Folgers coffee bags (yep, for an emergency only), and a bag of Indonesian coffee candies (don't laugh, they pack a wallop! Why do you think people are as wired as they are in a country with no coffee shops or Starbucks? Not that I think they sell coffee at Starbucks, but...)

I buy a mug on arrival, makes for longlasting souvenir reminding me of trip. Plastic spoon is easy to find.

Small LED on same chain as my wallet, bigger LED (Petzl) as headlamp.

Compact cheat sheet with detailed itinerary, with contact info with arrival and departure dates for each stop along the way. Goes into pockets and luggage tags everywhere. Has paid dividends when a lost item was sent ahead by a kind soul before I had noticed its disappearance...

But the home address isn't on it, no point in advertising an unattended abode...

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