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    Good travel accessories?

    I'm going away soon to Baselworld and then a few days around Europe. I'm not sure if it's ever been done but perhaps if you have any good travel accessories to recommend, it'd be a good ongoing thread?

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    A suitcase is always a winner for me!

    Nice trip by the way!

    How about a TP link Ethernet converter for your own personal wireless zone?

    A set of rituals travel products (one of the nicest gifts I got for Crimbo)

    Have lovely time :D

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    You'll no doubt need to shave once or twice. I always travel with one of these. The little leather carrying pouch measures about 5cm x 5cm and will also hold a couple of blades too.



    http://www.executive-shaving.co.uk/m...fety-razor.php

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    A hip flask.
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    A spare battery fir your mobile phone.

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    Toothbrush, wallet, passport iPod, done

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    The really important question is - one watch or more?

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    You'd be surprised how useful one of these is, obviously in conjunction with a travel plug.



    I would also second the point about a mobile WiFi device. Couldn't live without one of them at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcus fenix View Post
    The really important question is - one watch or more?
    If going to Basel then one watch is enough, you can get some more once you are there.

    I always travel with my own sink plug, you can never be too careful these days.

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    http://www.fujifilm.eu/uk/products/d...ravel-adapter/

    Can be found for under 20 quid if you shop round.

    Not forgetting:
    http://uk.oakley.com/products/1332/3042

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    Eaglecreek Folder and cubes for your clothes, wouldn't travel without mine.

    I find portable USB batteries pretty handy too.

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    For a travel adapter I'd recommend a Skross. Converts from/to any (UK/US/Europe/Australia etc) system and includes 2x USB.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skross-Charg...dp/B003NW1ZME/

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    GMT watch, sunglasses - I always forget to pack them for short trips and end up sitting in a car on a long drive squinting in the sun, King of shaves gel comes in a small tube so you can put it in your hand luggage (I tried a shaving oil once but its like using olive oil and I couldn't get used to it), in fact small packs of all those fluids like toothpaste etc are essential.

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    I travel relatively light, with just a multipack of condoms and a very thick notebook and pen, to leave my number.

    Enjoy.

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    I travel every week, a few useful things always in the bag

    Netgear mobile hotspot
    Rapport travel case for watch/cufflinks/collar dogs
    slimline multi zone USB power charger
    bellray travel wallet

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    Quality in-ear headphones

    1) Allows listening to music/audiobooks/podcasts on your pocket device
    2) Much better than the airline provided headsets if you have seat media equipment on the flight
    3) Most importantly! Doubles as earplugs for the plane/train/airport, particularly good if you don't want to talk to the annoying twat sitting next to you (e.g. wife LOL)

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    A compact European electrical adapter
    A decent pair of folding lightweight earphones (e.g. Sennheiser)
    A full wallet or gold/platinum cards (for Basel)
    A sense of humour for German jokes if you understand the language, otherwise just laugh (but timing is important).
    A compact camera.
    Your EU medical card.
    All of your medicines (allow for extra days with delays)
    An open return flight ticket (if the Ukraine situation gets nasty)
    A small backpack for the essentials (much easier if you have a suitcase as well)

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    I travel for work, most important thing I pack is a small first aid kit, with tablets for head ache, tummy ache stoppers and starters.

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    A good companion!

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    It depends on both your mode and philosophy of travel.

    my preference wherever possible, is for light weight and compact luggage which means taking only what is necessary. I regularly do a week or more away with hand luggage only but that's not always possible/desirable.

    luggage: light/strong/recognisable at collection points/does not scream "I am Archie Luxury please steal my luggage as some of the stuff might be real and not knock-offs bought in Thailand and in any event you should kidnap and torture me, you'd be doing a public service"

    sunglasses: crucial in sunny climes but so easy to forget leaving Britain in December (and who wants to keep buying more)

    entertainment: quality in ears, a massive spotify off line playlist and somethings to read and watch loaded on the ipad.

    planning on mapping, navigation and itinerary generally, makes for better journeys. I've met fascinating people and learned about wonderful off the beaten track places by chatting to my fellow travellers en route - travel is not always a chore and can be a wonderful adventure

    WALK. It's the best way to see and get the feel for a city. Good walking shoes are well worth taking along.

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    GMT watch
    Mini first aid kit + paracetamol
    Travel adaptor
    Phone charger
    MasterCard
    Micro led torch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    You'll no doubt need to shave once or twice. I always travel with one of these. The little leather carrying pouch measures about 5cm x 5cm and will also hold a couple of blades too.



    http://www.executive-shaving.co.uk/m...fety-razor.php
    Have you ever carried this in hand luggage? Always unsure with trying to carry de razor and blades in cabin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craiginuk View Post
    Have you ever carried this in hand luggage? Always unsure with trying to carry de razor and blades in cabin.
    Was going to ask this too. I have one of these travel Merkurs, but only use it in UK as have been nervous about carrying DE blades on board. (Normally travel hand-luggage only)

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    I guess worst case they might take the blades away but then you're stuck without a means of shaving. And seems counter productive to then have to carry a backup cartridge razor. Might try a de blade on next trip and see what Gatwick security do.

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    Always wondered about travelling with a de razor, would be very handy to as I only usually have enough for hand luggage

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    DE blade in hand luggage oh no....

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthr...rry-On-Luggage

    While this is US centric I assume the UK will be much the same....

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    I've toyed with the idea of travelling with my razor and trying to find blades at my destination, but never really been bothered and tend to go unshaven. My trips are usually only a few days :)

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    My current favourite travel accessory is a passport wallet. I bought this one, from Victorinox. Very handy for keeping your passport/tickets/frequent flier cards in one place.



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    Can't see the point in taking razors, just buy when you reach your destination, I do that everywhere I go.

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    I travel with work a lot, often for extended periods of time.

    My tips include:

    Apple US plug adaptors...if you have multiple apple chargers, these save a lot of space compared to using a UK plug and adaptor.

    Ethernet cable. In case hotel wifi is poor or doesn't have wifi.

    Those zip bags that you put your clothes in and roll out the air. Makes packing much easier/more compact.

    Melatonin tablets - good for short term use to combat jet lag. (Unfortunately banned for sale in the UK)

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    Travel insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Morgan View Post
    DE blade in hand luggage oh no....

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthr...rry-On-Luggage

    While this is US centric I assume the UK will be much the same....
    I've accidentally traveled on a plane with a penknife in my rucksack (twice), its the luck of the draw if you get through, I wouldn't intentionally carry a penknife or de blades in my hand luggage though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo697 View Post
    Travel insurance.
    Good point, I have a Natwest Gold account which gives me free travel insurance, I know insurance can be a grey open ended mine field so what would people in TZ land recommend insurance wise ?

    I also carry a EU health card again just in case.

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    I've taken my travel razor with a couple of spare blades in the leather holder a couple of times in a carry on bag, stored inside my wash bag and haven't experienced any issues. That said, reading the thread I'm unsure I'd take the gamble again.

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    If flying Malaysian Airlines I might be tempted to add a beretta 93R, a satellite phone, a life raft, an ejector seat and the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy to my packing list...

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    I always have a small combination padlock with me, great for locking together zips on rucksacks or wheelie cases. Years back I had my rucksack "picked", a padlock gives me peace of mind, I'll also make sure I have some form of tablet pain killer and alka-seltzer if I know I'll be having a beer or three at some point. Keeping a pen on you can be handy, certainly helped me a few times.

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    A kindle .....

    That and a personal first aid kit

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    Please... Take a pen... Any sort of pen!
    Its absolutely infuriating the number of people who travel without & then are confounded when confronted by the ubiquitous entry form...

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    I usually carry a Fisher Space Pen - easy to put in a jeans pocket, never leaks and works without fail.

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    Bose noise cancelling headphones.

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    Bose QC3...without a doubt the best travel accessory i've ever bought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    Brilliant :o)

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    Condoms.

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    When I travel in Europe I always take a small travel kettle with me, some teabags, and some powdered milk.

    Very few European hotels, even the big ones have tea and coffee facilities in the room.
    If like me you need a cup of tea before you do much else, youi'll be glad you went prepared.

    Whatever though.... take English tea bags with you. Usually in the EU you find they have all sorts of tea fruit flavours, but not what we want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangmere View Post
    Bose QC3...without a doubt the best travel accessory i've ever bought!

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    Brilliant :o)
    Have been tempted to get these. Are they really that good? Price seems quite high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craiginuk View Post
    Have been tempted to get these. Are they really that good? Price seems quite high.
    They are expensive, there is no doubt about that, however, I find them incredibly comfortable and the noise cancelling is excellent, particularly on planes and trains. Admittedly I didn't really try any others but I use mine every day so as far as i'm concerned they have paid for themselves. The batteries last really well too and you get a spare included.

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    Spare phone battery
    Language translation apps on phone
    City / area maps that'll work offline (especially if you enjoy walking around cities)
    And, of course, a camera to document your travels / retrace your path the morning after!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim W View Post
    Whatever though.... take English tea bags with you. Usually in the EU you find they have all sorts of tea fruit flavours, but not what we want.
    Or else they supply those ghastly brown dust-filled bags from Liptons. Ugh.

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