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10 Things to Take on a Trip Around the World

Although we spend a lot of time on the road at Shepherd Aero, this is a longer than normal trip, @80days80stays. Correct, this isn't just any trip, but a private jet adventure in the brand new @HondaJet with, a very advanced light aircraft perfect for adventure touring.

With the support of @HondaJet and @80days80stays we get to tag along and help make sure everything goes smooth.

Not even mentioned are the basics like eye-shades, travel pillows, international power plugs, worldwide phone plan on your mobile, travel wallet, and laptop and/or modern tablet for computing. In support of a trip around the world, here are a few extra things we are bringing in our flight-bag...

1. USB charging hub - good for up to 5 devices extra fast, this is a life-saver in the hotel and also useful in the @HondaJet with it's AC power outlets on board. Charge-hub is our favorite.

Enough charging power for everything and the kitchen sink. OK, not the sink.

2. Lots of cables and spare batteries - got to pack them safely, but cannot go wrong with plenty of Re-trak cables and a few small universal batteries to charge devices we forgot to charge on-board the aircraft.

3. Second passport - a trip around the world requires a few visas, some of which only get issued for a few days duration. So have to have a spare to send out for visas issued down the road a couple weeks.

4. Battery powered printer. This will print flight plans, weather briefings, even rental car confirmation or letters for signature in blue ink.  5lb of bulk, but invaluable when needed. We use the Canon ip110 in our bag. Spare printer paper, printer cartridges, SD card reader. Printer is no good without means to use it in a pinch.

Printer and spare cartridges and goodies.

5. Extra bag of documents. Separate from the main identity documents, and even from the second passport, is a pouch with an expired passport, my APEC Business Traveler and NEXUS identity cards, and a previous drivers license.  The combination of these is a backup plan for a bad day in the field.

6. Extra bag of little money. Near the extra bag of documents is $20-$100 worth of local currency from a dozen countries. Not enough money to do too much, but money for a coffee or a taxi fare can be a godsend sometimes in foreign countries.

7. Bag of backup credit cards. Credit cards get cancelled on the road way too often. ATMs eat debit cards. So a couple spare company cards, a couple spare personal cards are must-haves for a long trip away from home.

8. Health insurance credentials. Not only do these have important phone numbers to call in an emergency on the back, the card itself sometimes helps with entry requirements in countries you might not even be able to locate on a map.

9. Bag with instant breakfast cereal. Sometimes late at night, sometimes in the morning a little instant breakfast from home brings comfort in the field.

10. Swag! We cannot bring enough microfibers, pens, hats, hand-warmers, and stickers to a trip of this duration. We want to give something to all of the hundreds of folks that will help make this trip a success, and it becomes a challenge to carry enough stuff in our bags. Rest assured we are bringing a pile. :-)