My Travel Essentials

Looking into someone’s backpack is like looking into their life – what better way to get to know someone?

Universal Traveler RFID by Eagle Creek
Universal Traveler RFID by Eagle Creek

A few months ago, I picked up the Universal Traveler RFID by Eagle Creek and I have been quite pleased with it. Between dual straps (chest and waist) and a slip to slide over the handle of your larger luggage, it is easy to move with it regardless of what you have inside.

Security Friendly
Folds open for security screening

The other main feature is the electronics compartment that folds completely flat for x-ray scanning. Though TSA Pre-Check allows you to avoid this in the US, this is a huge time-saver when traveling internationally. The sleeves are well padded and can contain a 14.1” laptop (Dell E7440) comfortably and a first-gen Apple iPad with a cover.

Front Compartment
Yay organization!

The other feature, and the origin of the name, is the RFID shielded pocket in the front compartment for your passport. There is also a mesh pouch in this compartment with a key ring and zipper to ensure you can keep things tidy in transit. There is a third, middle, pouch which allows for easy cable storage, as well as a third sleeve for keeping your magazines or books safe from disruption while you’re on the move.

I keep my LG G4 with me at most times, and thanks to Amazon Prime’s recent offline-video feature, that gorgeous screen makes long flights and delays a breeze. On top of that, the f/1.8 camera allows for smooth picture taking once I reach my destination.

Naturally, with the electronics I carry, it is important to make sure they stay charged! I use Anker’s PowerCore [affiliate link] portable power bank to make sure my phone and tablet stay topped off when there are no outlets to be found.

What about you guys – what do you always make sure you keep with you when you’re on the road or in the air?