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What Travel Essentials Will You Never Leave Home Without?

By Margaret Manning February 23, 2016 Travel

I remember the day that I added a “money belt” to my list of travel essentials like it was yesterday. A few years ago, I was visiting some friends in Milan, when someone bumped into me in a crowded street. I looked around, annoyed at being almost knocked over, but, I couldn’t see who was responsible.

10 minutes later, when I stopped to purchase a coffee, I realized that my wallet and my brand new iPhone had been stolen. Fortunately, my son and his wife were both in Milan as well. For the next 3 hours, tears of frustration in my eyes, we called credit card companies and reported the theft to the police.

At the time, I was so annoyed with myself. “How could I be so stupid?” I thought to myself. Wiping my eyes, I decided to never let this happen to me again. Now, I leave all of my credit cards, except for one, in the hotel safe. I installed a phone tracking app on my next iPhone. I even purchased an Eagle Creek money belt.

I’m happy to say that, with these precautions, I haven’t had a repeat of my incident in Milan.

What Travel Essentials Do You Take with You?

I’m sure that all of us have stories like the one that I mentioned above. Unfortunately, it often takes a negative surprise to get us to take our safety and comfort seriously.

I’d love to hear about which products you always take with you when you travel.

Is there a particular brand of suitcase or travel backpack that you couldn’t live without?

What travel essentials help to keep you safe? Do you use a money belt?

Do you take a travel adapter with you? Which one?

Have you found a travel jacket with plenty of secret pouches?

What other items do you love?

What are your favorite travel essentials? Have you had any travel experiences that convinced you to buy a new travel item? Which one? Please join the conversation!

The Author

Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at margaret@sixtyandme.com

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