Travel Packing List – Packing the Basics for Your Long Trip

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31. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1481 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

A friend who travels with me uses an iPad and a Motorola smart phone. She downloads books from the New York Public Library on her iPad; and uses both devices to send photos and messages.

We subscribe to Google Fi, which allows us to communicate with friends and family in 170+ countries at a reasonable price. Google Fi is only available to those who live in the United States. But it now works on a wide array of devices, including iPhones. I used my Pixel 2 in China, including Tibet, and was able to access Facebook, which otherwise is blocked in that country. Instead of an iPad I carry a 13-inch laptop to edit and store photos and keep a travel budget that's updated at the end of each day. Files are stored in the cloud on Dropbox. I used to keep a daily journal on my laptop, but no longer do so since I upload photos, videos and commentary almost daily (and often instantly via Google Fi) to Facebook.

I usually don't read nor listen to music while on the road, preferring to be constantly aware of my surroundings. But I do try to catch up with the news at least once or twice daily, when possible.

I find smartphone apps helpful, including for exchange rates; Waze, Google Maps and Rome2Rio for directions; YR for weather; FlightAware, and for flight information; an altimeter by examobile; Skype and WhatsApp; and I use airline apps to easily rebook flights when necessary. I also use rail apps, including Hyperdia for Japan and DB Navigator for Europe.

I use a password manager on my laptop and mobile phone. A YubiKey can be used for an extra layer of security. My mobile phone and laptop also have fingerprint recognition; and many of my financial accounts also have fingerprint and voice recognition.

32. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1722 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

Quoting Beausoleil

You haven't seen a Kindle for a while. They do everything a smart phone does only with a bigger screen. The larger print is the selling point for me, including larger print on the web and email. When your eyes start to age, you'll understand. I don't carry mine around all the time, but I do like it on the plane and in the evenings. It also keeps me from cluttering my phone with a couple hundred books. My phone is linked to my Kindle so I can pull up a book if I need to and then remove it later. Good for unexpected waits.

I don't have a "tablet" because a Kindle is a tablet. It's just called something different.

Looks like I have been out of loop with Kindle developments. So you can browse the web, listen to music and watch videos just like a computer?

Yes you can, and you can even Skype if your phone isn't handy. You can take pictures and edit them. It really is a tablet.

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