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I’ve learned certain things can make the journey easier. I balance an object’s convenience against my rule of never checking bags, making the items on my “take” list pretty much indispensable. Here are two of them:

Prod2A. Compact Power Strip. How many times have you walked into a hotel room and said, “Wow! Look at all those outlets!”? Me neither. I always travel with a compact power strip in my carry-on bag; Amazon sells one for less than $15; it has three outlets and surge protection. In addition to preventing balance-the-iPad-on-the-Kleenex-box-in-the-bathroom syndrome, it’s also useful in crowded airline lounges and by gates when I have to share space with other travelers or need to charge more than one device.

Prod3B. Noise-cancelling headphones. Plane rides give me a chance to catch up on movies.  Without a good pair of noise-canceling headphones, aircraft noise can make it tough to hear the dialogue. Top-of-the-line headphones are expensive; Bose is considered the gold standard. For something I use so often, it was worth the splurge. (I’ve tried cheaper models and they either don’t work or expire after a few uses.) I prefer the in-ear QC20s (they take up less room in my bag and don’t make my big head feel as though it is in a vise), while Husband (my intrepid traveling companion) likes the Bose QuietComfort 25s. I rarely see them discounted, but right now Amazon has the over-ear model at $269 (for Apple and the other guys).

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