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I know it’s been a while as my posting schedule was essentially shut down this summer. I hope to get back to a twice a month publishing schedule.
A week ago I returned to work after taking the last 8 weeks off as part of my Microsoft sabbatical and traveling for most of it with my family. We visited 12 countries and 17 cities and planning for this trip was an 18 month project which included a lot of detailed planning on what to bring!
I learned a lot about how to optimize for travel packing and below are some of the details about what products I found useful.
A few weeks ago I picked up a new wallet. It seemed to hit on all the things I was interested in.
- Holds 6-8 cards
- No RFID protection for 1-2 cards (for my Microsoft RFID badge or hotel room key)
- Quick access to daily use credit card and driver license (two things I don’t seem to need at all when paying anywhere but the US as I use Apple Pay)
- Space for a few bills of cash
Now that I am in Europe I am seeing these wallets sold in many stores. They are made by Secrid a Danish company. The wallets come in many styes which you can read about on their web site.
I picked up the Slimwallet In Matte Black.
In this post I’m going to share a number of apps that I enjoy and have been using of late. This is NOT a list of all the apps I use, that would be too long and so it’s really apps that you may not have heard of or my favorite app in a category (like weather).
USB-C is here and I’ve been trying to purge all my USB stuff to get down to just USB-C chargers. The benefits are USB-C chargers can support a much higher (and faster) range of chargers meaning you spend less time charging. I have also managed to find adapters that let me charge my different kind of devices using USB-C like my surface minimizing what I have to travel with.
I own all these charges so you don’t have to. There are many I also have I didn’t bother noting since I think these below are the best for you.
Every household has a Vacuum cleaner and the other day my sister asked me what kind to get to replace her Dyson. I love Dyson products, but after reading this Wirecutter article I replaced our Dyson with a Miele Vacuum Cleaner.
I always though “bagless” was better but have since decided it’s not. The Miele has a Hepa filter meaning it is putting filtered air back into your house and trapping 100% of muck in a bag that you only need to empty or replace every few months (no pets). We have had ours for over a year now and are using the same original box of 4 bags that came with it.
Wirecutter recommend the Compact C2 Electro+ which is really nice. Miele makes many many other models and the main differences are the features (such as attachments) and other bells and whistles - but pretty much they all have the same mechanism.