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Overlooked Travel Essentials 2020

Your hectic work schedule barely allows you to book your trip and plan your itinerary. Packing is sometimes done at the last minute and essentials are forgotten. Here’s a packing list of travel essentials that can be beneficial to your trip:

A credit card for travel

I recently canceled my Chase Sapphire Reserve Card due to the increased fees. Now, my card of choice is the Chase Business Ink Preferred. The signup bonus is 80000 points after spending $4000 in the first three months. This should be enough points for a round trip somewhere. There are zero transaction fees when used internationally and the card features trip protection similar to that of the Sapphire Preferred card. Although it is a business card, any individual can sign up for it as a sole proprietor under their social security. This card currently has the best sign up bonus from Chase.

A debit card without foreign ATM fees

Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking provides debit cards that do just that. You can use your card anywhere in the world and Schwab will reimburse any fees you may incur at the ATM. This allows you to pull out local currency in any country at the current rate. You don’t have to pay any fees or conversion fees from money exchanges. There aren’t any account minimum balances either, just deposit money into your account before traveling!

Noise cancelling headphones

Unless you find the sound of crying babies soothing or think the hum of a jet engine is calming, I would suggest purchasing a nice set of noise-canceling headphones. I prefer ones with cups that go over your ear to further reduce outside noises. My pick is the Bose QuietComfort 35 II; they are comfortable enough to keep on your head for hours of flight.

A less expensive option is the Sennheiser HD 4.50. This used to be my go-to before upgrading to the Bose.

Anti-Diarrhea Medicine

Don’t have a shitty time on vacation. Sometimes the food or water can make you sick if your body isn’t used to it. Imodium has saved my ass on numerous occasions.

Fast Re-Hydration

Speaking of getting sick on vacation; whether it’s a hangover or diarrhea, your body needs re-hydration. The best way to do this, second to getting hooked up to an I.V., is Liquid I.V. Mix it with a 16oz bottle of water and it’s like you’re drinking 48oz. The science behind LIV allows water to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster. For every purchase of LIV, they donate a serving to other countries where freshwater isn’t easy to come by.

A Notebook

If you’re like me, sometimes you want to make notes or jot down thoughts. I brought along a Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook. If you’re all about going green but like taking notes with a pen and paper, this product is totally for you. It features a specialized pen and paper that allows you to write as you normally would. When the note is ready, you simply take a picture of it through the Rocketbook app(available for both Android and iPhone). The app acts as a scanner and files your note away. You can then use some water to erase the note from your Rocketbook notebook!

That’s it for my overlooked packing list of travel essentials. I have more specific travel essentials for Vietnam and Colombia.


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