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Bringing Your Music Abroad: Travel Essentials

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_MG_0375At X-1, we’re no strangers to international travel. Our customers go abroad to compete in triathlons, marathons, cycling events, and more. Our staff is an adventurous crew. And while we relish diving into the unknown, we rarely go anywhere without the thing that always makes us feel at home: music.

When you’re venturing into a new country, it’s important to come prepared. So we always pack a waterproof case for small music players, ultralight headphones, and, for safe measure, a spare set of ear buds.

We’re not the only ones. Scott Surface, one of our correspondents, recently took off for a three-month hiatus to surf and explore in Nicaragua. We asked him to report back with tips for preparing for an epic expedition.

In addition to the obvious (make sure your passport is up to date, verify if you need a visa or not, get vaccinated or at least research the bacterial, viral and environmental exposure risks that may be posed in each region), he emphasized that every traveler should bring something from home to ease the transition into the unknown.

Keeping Your iPhone Safe

The Amphibx Go waterproofs what's important.  Where will you go?

The Amphibx Go waterproofs what’s important. Where will you go?

Like us, he loves his music. Like us, he wants to protect his music, particularly as he ventures off the beaten path in Nicaragua. So he brought the Amphibx Go Waterproof iPhone Case and a set of waterproof earbuds, the Surge Contact Waterproof Headset. All the better to keep the sand and sea from gritting up his expensive electronics.

More, the case lets him keep his phone on his body all the time. No chance of losing it in a motel room or on a crowded bus.

Scott has lots of other advice, too. He recommends buying travelers evacuation insurance from Global Rescue or Medex Assist. He cautions travelers to notify their banks and credit cards they’ll be leaving the country and asking them not to freeze certain accounts when strange charges appear. He advises travelers to bring a method of water sterilization. He even sent in the checklist that appears at the end of this post.

Up high on his list, somewhere between first aid and mosquito netting, he includes waterproof ear buds and waterproof cases. Can’t blame him.

As anyone who has ventured into developing countries knows, there are going to be times when he’ll miss the last bus out of town for a week; when his bag might (hopefully not) get stolen; when poor weather might keep the surf out at sea or pound the beach with rain.

Those are all things out of his control. What is in his control is the music he’ll play. Whether it’s Jack Johnson mellowing out a stressful situation or the Butt Hole Surfers pounding out a raging beat to get him stoked, he’ll have that piece of home with him.

Gear_spread_predeparture2Here’s Scott’s checklist of international travel items:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine Certificate
  • MedEvac Policy Information and Contact Numbers
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush/Floss
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Waterproof Headphones
  • Waterproof Case
  • Travel Towel
  • Travel Sheet
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Bug Repellant
  • Trail Shoes
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Sandals
  • Rain Jacket/Shell
  • Pants/Shorts
  • 3 Tee-shirts
  • 1 Collared Shirt
  • Board shorts
  • 2mm Rashguard
  • Insulating Jacket
  • Hat
  • 1L Canteen
  • Water bladder and purification
  • Duct Tape
  • Super Glue
  • Batteries
  • Headlamp & Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Computer
  • Plug Adapters & Converter
  • Books/Journal/Maps
  • Language Dictionary