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These are a great option if you don’t want to have to mess with your phone provider’s international plan or buy sim cards. Products like Skyroam are available for rental or purchase and even can be found in many airport mall kiosks. Day passes on this hot spot run around $8 a day and it works as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere in the world—and you can connect up to five devices, meaning you can save a fortune on hotel Wi-Fi rates as well. Another option is a Google Pixel or the Google Fi plan, which allows you to automatically connect the best available signal (either Wi-Fi or a 4G partner). It works out to be around $50 per month. For a frequent traveler, this can truly been a game changer. While you’re at it, find out how to get over jet lag fast.
While you are planning on staying connected, power is essential. “I carry a Monster Outlets to Go 4 outlet power strip made for travel, and have done so for years. It’s no longer sold, but there are others like it available (including one, also from Monster, that I’ll likely buy for my next trip),” says Andy Abramson, who was named “2015 Business Traveler of The Year” by Business Traveler magazine. “It reduces the number of European and U.K. adapters I need to carry, and with it, I only really need one European and one UK adapter for all my U.S. power plugs.” For his iPhone and iPad, Abramson bought a U.K. and European power kit. “This way, when I’m out all day, I can hand find a plug at the coffee shop or restaurant and charge up. ”
A lot can also be said about carrying an extra battery—it can mean the difference between being out of juice or having phone life when you land. “The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C, Ultra-High Capacity Premium Portable Charger works with every device I carry,” Abramson says. “It allows me to recharge my iPhones, iPad, Mac Book, and Pixel as it has both USB and USB-C ports.” He calls it an essential because if keeps everything powered even when there’s no power near by and fits in his shoulder bag.