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More Useful Travel Tools

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I travel a lot. I mean, a LOT (60k miles so far this year, and it’s only the middle of May…) and I have two rules: travel as light as possible, but ensure you can have privacy and entertainment. As such, below are a list of my travel essentials:

  • iPad (Mini, Air, and Pro): I am not really an Apple fanboy and it took me much longer than normal to get into the tablet craze. However, I am now unable to go anywhere without my iPad. Better yet, Netflix now allows you to download certain programs which makes traveling so much more enjoyable. Personally, I found the iPad Mini to be too small, so I have an iPad Air. Occasionally, I see people on the plane with the iPad Pro and have serious envy (but question its size: for me, if it won’t fit inside the tablet sleeve of my Tumi soft briefcase, it’s a deal breaker. I should note that I propose any tablet, but am “recommending” the iPad because it is what I am used to and I have had no issues with it.
  • Bose Quiet Comfort (QCIII) Noise Canceling Headphones: There is a reason you see so many Bose QC headphones on airplanes- they work great! Personally, I prefer the smaller, folding version so as to minimize space in my carry on.
  • Klipsch Image R6m In-Ear Headphones : These are my go-to every day headphones. They are super comfortable (you forget they are there), music and entertainment sounds great, they have an in-line volume control, and a built-in microphone which is really handy for phone calls. Make sure you get the R6M version so you get both the in line volume control AND the microphone. They are super small and take up almost no room when traveling and, at around $50 on Amazon, they won’t break the bank.
  • Tumi Alpha Bravo Briefcase: If you have read any of my posts, you  know I am working hard towards a (very) early retirement which depends upon increasing savings and  decreasing unnecessary spending. As such, I was scared off of Tumi given its very high price points. However, my curiosity got the best of me as so many heavy travelers use Tumi bags. I finally caved and bought an Alpha Bravo. I don’t know how I ever got by without it! It is the perfect size (small, but holds everything), has some great features (magnetic pouches to hold my WizGear, a tablet pouch, key lanyard, etc. Further, I have had it for almost two years during which time it has received constant abuse and it still looks brand new. I expect to have this briefcase for the next 10 years. Like the Bose QC headphones, this Tumi bag is one of the few “premium” products that are actually worth the price.    

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