Portable Chargers May Save You

I can’t imagine what travelling solo would have been like without a phone. No online maps, no hostel-booking service, no online forums. 

My phone has died a few times when I’ve been on long journeys and each time I felt a little lonelier than I had when it was alive. It’s a measure of safety that I think many of us overlook and they’re important pieces of kit whilst on the road. 

I’ve made a fair few long journeys in my time. Overnight trains, planes and buses; most surpassing the 8-hour mark. 

When you’re in a new place you can’t be sure of anything. Assuming that all forms of transport have USBs or WiFi is a huge mistake. I’ve been there. Even in England it’s hit and miss. 

I travelled a 9-hour flight on British Airways a couple of years ago - I strolled onto that plane, confident that I could play my music and watch the films I downloaded for the full flight. Of course they’d have plug sockets; or at the very least USB ports. 

Nope. 

Nothing. 

Nish. 

Nil. 

The bastards. 

My complacency and naivety had well gotten the better of me and for the final 5 hours I had to try and make 25% last. What a mammoth task. 

When I arrived in Bogota at 1AM that morning, I had a mere 3% left to play with. After enduring a journey that had lasted a total of 14 hours so far, I was battered. All I wanted to do was lie down in my pre-booked hostel bed and sleep. But no. 

I managed to get to a taxi rank and tell the driver the address seconds before my phone caved. Machines alone will never beat us.

Any more than a minute longer and I'd have been totally out of luck. On this occasion I wasn't. 

I could have remembered to write the address of the hostel down before I left. That would have been a truly fantastic idea. 

But I didn't. And I could well forget to do that next time. 

And next time who knows what'll happen if my phone dies? Me. I do.

Now I carry a portable charger with me fully charger - wherever I go.

So I'll never have to worry about my phone dying. And all will be well and stress-free.

You should take one with you too.

You never know when you might need it.

*link to portable charger*


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