3 Travel Accessories You Should Have

When it comes to travel, you will need to pack some items to help you with security and keeping your items safe and working properly.    Below is my list of items that you need when you travel to keep your belongings and electronics safe.

Locks for Suitcase
I travel with two kinds of locks.  The first set is for when I am actually travelling via air.  I lock my suitcase with a cable tie. While this isn’t a lock, it does add a level of security.  You can purchase locks that say they are TSA approved and that they have a skeleton key for them but I have also heard that they will not bother; they will just cut it off so I prefer to use my cable ties which are pennies a piece.

Once I arrive at my destination, I cut off the cable tie and use a regular lock.  I typically have a key lock but you could use whatever type of lock you prefer.  I don’t like to use a “real” lock while I am in the air as I am paranoid they will cut it off and I am out the money for the lock.  

Converter with USB Port
When I started travelling in the early 2000s, you simply needed a power converter.  But with so many people traveling with smartphones, it’s pretty much a requirement to be able to use a USB cable with your charger.  I had to borrow this on my last trip as I didn’t consider how some of my items charged when packing.  That said, I plan to buy something that will take USB cables for my next trip.
One thing to consider when you are purchasing a converter is the size.  The first converter I bought was big and heavy which would cause it to fall out of the outlet.  I ended up borrowing from others occasionally or putting something under the converter to hold it up. 

RFID Devices for Credit Cards
With credit card theft on the rise, it’s a good idea to get some RFID sleeves for your wallet.  I don’t know how they work but they are designed to block the signals from skimmer equipment.  These sleeves are thin and allow you to put your card into the sleeves and have it still fit into the slots in your wallet.  Even though these sleeves are thin, they are durable and shouldn’t tear or puncture.

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