This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing“. Each week or two, we’ll be interviewing a traveling lady to find out the one little thing she just can’t travel without. This one comes to you from Alana Simpson.
Howdy! My name is Alana, unless I’m on tour, then they call me Captain Naner. As you may have guessed, I’m a tour guide! When I’m not doing that, I’m blogging on Adventure Spices or consulting for training programs. I’ve been a little bit of everywhere, Canada, the US, France, Czech Republic, Estonia and Spain to name a few. I’ll be sharing my wisdom, and love for my little power bank.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
I will not travel without my power bank. It’s saved my professional posterior more than once!
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Why has this one item been so important to you?
Considering a lot of the travelling that I’ve done in the past year has been because of my job as a tour guide, I can’t not have my travel power bank. I use my phone for directions, to call suppliers for confirmations, to take pictures for clients, and so much more. I can’t afford to have my phone die halfway through the day. With my power bank full, I can get through the day comfortably!
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
It’s extremely packable. It fits easily in my purse, without taking up much room at all. You can even fit it in my pocket when I’m charging my phone.
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Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
I would recommend it because it’s saved me a few times when I’ve been far away from an outlet at 2% and needed to call 5 people for confirmations. It’s also ensured that I haven’t gotten lost with a group of 50 kids.
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
I had to go the hospital with someone while working and I had to provide regular updates as to how my companion was doing, but I hadn’t had a chance to charge my phone. At around 3am, my phone was dying and I was panicking because I needed to call my contact to let them know that we were done and needed a ride home, as there were no taxis. At that point, I remembered I had my power bank and felt a lot better. Had I not had my battery, I probably would have had to trek outside in the freezing cold Canadian winter to find a functioning payphone.
How did you hear about this item?
It was given to me as a Christmas gift. Probably one of the most useful gifts I’ve ever been given.
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
It’s perfect for everyone, but more specifically the travelling professional, or for anyone travelling in remote or isolated areas.
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About the author: Alana Simpson hails from Toronto, Canada and loves to see and do as much as she can. In her spare time she can be found adventuring, trying new foods and laughing at a good joke. She’s a freelance writer and provides advice and consultancy for training programs. You can follow her on her blog Adventure Spices and on Twitter and Instagram.