Tech Travel Tip: Pack Chargers in Your Carry-On

What's worse than being stranded at the airport after the airline lost your checked luggage? Being stranded at the airport without your luggage while your phone's battery falls to dangerously low levels. Here's a tip: pack your device chargers in your carry-on bag (and always carry a carry-on bag).This morning, I packed my bags (one carry-on and one checked bag) for a week-long trip across the country. Somewhere between tossing in my clothes, shampoo, and many, many cables and cords, it hit me: What if my luggage gets lost?

It happens all the time, so I'm told. I try to limit my travel load to (free of charge) carry-on bags. But faced with 7 days away, I needed to up my load. And now I was worried what might happen if I were to arrive on the West Coast without my phone charger.

Your mother's sage advice was always to be prepared and pack a change of clothes (or at least a pair of unmentionables) in your carry-on bag, but a 21st century traveler should also make room for important power cords. If you do find yourself at your destination without your checked bag, you'll at least be able to maintain constant communication with friends or colleagues, and the airline's customer service line.

Even though this tip might seem like a no-brainer to most of you, we're willing to bet there's at least a few folks out there who will now be able save themselves from making this mistake just by thinking about this tip next time they're packing for a trip.

Do you have any other obvious (to you) tech travel tips? Share them in the comments and let everybody gain from your experience!

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