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One of the best facets of being an author by trade or craft is the ability to do it anywhere. Whether you’re going on a writers’ retreat, traveling internationally to research the setting of your book or simply have some free time on a layover between flights. The simplicity of writing on the go only requires a few essential tools (a laptop, or a pen/pencil and paper if you’re going old school). There are also a number of (in our opinion) essential travel items that will make your writing so much easier.

Essential Travel Items for Every Writer

1. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Perhaps the most necessary purchase in terms of productivity, a pair of decent- to high-quality headphones. These will make all the difference when you’re trying to write in different locales (or just at your local coffee shop for a change of scenery). Cordless options are another facet that increases ease of use. There are a variety of options at affordable price points for any customer (not everyone can afford Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphone option at $350). Skullcandy’s choices at $50 connects to your phone’s Bluetooth so you can listen to music and make phone calls straight through the headphones.

2. A Flash Drive or Cloud Storage for Your Work

God forbid the worst happens and your computer gets stolen, which the chances of such an occurrence increases exponentially while traveling. In order to ensure that you don’t lose your 150,000-word masterpiece for good, invest in some USB flash drives (which can be found for as low as $5 on Amazon!) that you update regularly. You can also upload to an online cloud storage site like Dropbox or Google Drive (both of which are free). If you’re looking for more cloud storage security, consider a purchased option like Spider Oak software.

3. A Universal Travel Outlet Converter

Oftentimes international travelers can forget that other countries use different outlets than in the U.S., and the cost and hassle of trying to find an outlet converter upon arrival is not what you want to deal with after a ten-hour flight. Find inexpensive converters with worldwide options like this one for $20 on Amazon. Also, if you need to charge your phone or computer in an international airport, you can do so with this handy device!

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