We’ve got a few travel tricks up our sleeve, or we should say in our bag. This is the big reveal of some not-so-secret gear that we wouldn’t dare leave home without. These 7 items made our list because they add comfort, convenience and a little piece of mind to put the focus of travel back on the journey while avoiding common rookie mistakes along the way. And without further ado, here they are…
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The Arcido Bag
Who likes paying checked-luggage fees, waiting at the baggage claim and then realizing you need to go up flights of steps with your wheeled luggage? No one and neither do we! An alternative to cumbersome, uniformed black luggage, The Arcido Bag is true to their philosophy of smart travel gear. Functional, stylish and ready for any destination, this is one of our new favorites.
Special Offer! – our buddy Will is the founder of The Arcido Bag and they just launched a Kickstarter to develop the 2nd generation of this awesome bag. And even better, if you donate to the Kickstarter campaign you can even get a free bag as a reward for your support once they’re available later this year. Check it out here!
Priority Pass Lounge Access
Now that you have all that extra time saved from waiting in checked luggage lines, stop by the airport lounge to enjoy a cocktail, food and even a shower thanks to your Priority Pass. As frequent travelers, the pass quickly pays for itself providing access to 900 airport lounges around the world regardless of your airline. Additionally, several pass type are available to meet your travel needs.
iPhone with Gay Travel Apps
With a drink in one hand, it’s likely we have an iPhone in the other. Check out our list of favorite gay travel apps (which you already downloaded if you are following us). Three of which are Man About World, one of the more established apps that is actually a gay travel magazine, misterb&b – apartment rentals from gay and gay-friendly hosts (think gay AirBnB!) and Wimbify, one of the newest players that allows you to travel for free by meeting LGBT people around the world. For the full list click here!
Mophie Portable Charger
After hours of being in flight or simply away from a power outlet, your mobile phone, tablet and other devices are dying. We rely on Mophie portable chargers to keep us up and running. Mophie allows you to power up any USB device and is available in a variety of sizes. So if you need a quick charge during your evening commute or to power through a full day of sightseeing, you will find the perfect power solution.
AllDayInternet Portable WiFi
What’s the point of a charged phone with no service or wifi? This is when we pop out the portable Wifi adapter from AllDayInternet. This miraculous device creates a mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices such as phones, laptops and tablets. Keep in touch with friends and family, update social media and look up directions or find a place to stay while avoiding expensive roaming charges.
If you’re looking for peace of mind from travel delays, cancellations, theft or medical care, we personally use and recommend World Nomads. It’s simple to buy with plans starting at just $50. The plan duration ranges from 1 week to one year and you can always renew your policy on the road if you’re a long term traveler. We’ve been using World Nomads for 4 years now and have been very happy. Though it’s worth pointing out that all insurance companies are usually strict with paying claims and it’s common to get your claim denied. If you want the most out of travel insurance, be sure to keep good records of all your purchases and expenses so you have the best chance at getting your claim approved and paid.
Jambox Portable Speaker
Move beyond headphones with this awesome Bluetooth mini speaker! We’ve traveled the world with a portable speaker for years and this is our favorite – it’s lightweight, compact and perfect to play your music out loud with great quality considering its small size.
We obviously don’t travel anywhere without our token pink glasses. The truth is we’ve probably gone through about 11 different versions, which is why we don’t spend more than $10 on any pair. Yes, our secret is out – these are NOT designer glasses…we’re Bad Tourists, remember?!
What top items are in your travel bag? Let us know in the comments below and ask us more about our travel tricks on Pepo!
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