A battery pack in your carry-on bag makes a massive difference when you travel

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A few tiny items can make all the difference on your next trip, especially if your checked luggage is lost.

When you head out on your next trip – regardless of whether it’s for business or pleasure – including something as small as a battery pack in your carry-on luggage can make a tremendous difference if your checked suitcase ever goes missing.

In fact, a battery pack can actually make your entire journey a little more pleasant and can give you peace of mind when it comes to concerns over running out of charge on your smartphone, tablet, e-reader, or even e-cigarette.  Whatever it is that you rely upon for a pleasant trip, if it can be recharged through a USB port, then you will be able to benefit from having a backup power bank with you at any given time.

Of course, an external battery charger, alone, shouldn’t be the only thing you tuck into your carry-on. It’s true that commercial airlines have been doing a great deal to help to reduce the risk of having your luggage go missing and to make it far more likely that your possessions will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your destination, no system is flawless.

The most recent data on this issue, from 2013, showed that about 21.8 million bags were mishandled around the world.  That still means that out of every 1,000 passengers, 7 had their bags mishandled.  That is less than half of what it had been in 2007, but it still means that those 7 passengers out of every 1,000 may be out of luck for a while.

To make sure you’re always set with everything you need in case your luggage goes missing, you might also want to consider.  While your smartphone and charger are important, the importance of the battery pack comes into play when you aren’t going to be in one place with a wall socket, long enough that you can recharge your phone.  You should also keep your glasses, prescription medications, jewelry, basic makeup, and a few days’ worth of clean undies.

A change of shirt and socks might also be appreciated if they’re needed. Black is the best color choice, as it matches pretty much everything and won’t show stains, in case you need to wear it more than once.  Make sure your choice of clothing is appropriate for the weather at your destination.  It’s all well and good to have clean t-shirt with you, but if you’re headed to Iceland in the winter, a warmer option might have been more appropriate.

As long as you have all the basics and can use a battery pack to keep your electronics charged, the time it takes to get your lost luggage back to you will be an inconvenience, but not a disaster.