Why You Should Have a USB Drive In Your Go Bag

A universal serial bus (USB) flash drive is defined by Microsoft as a “small, portable device that plugs into a computer’s USB port… that stores information”. A USB flash drive is a handy gadget that are usually used by students for printing their homework, by corporate people in transferring or copying files from one department to the other, or by anyone who needs to store files and documents. It’s rather strange to think of a USB flash drive as a travel gadget, but I will explain in this article why a USB flash drive can actually serve as a travel gadget that all travelers should have. Read on, because here are five things we travelers can do if we bring a flash drive with us:

USB Flash Drive
USB Flash Drive

Save digital files of your travel documents in it.

I once lost my passport in a tour in Madrid before. It was a very bad experience for me. It was such a hassle! With a USB flash drive, I could have saved a digital copy of my passport and go through less of the hassle I went through before. With a PDF copy of our travel documents (like passports, IDs, traveler’s insurance, etc), we can print softcopies of files when needed, or easily show the authorities if they need evidence that we lost our passport and need help. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to anyone!


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Backup photos from your camera.

Save your photos on your USB Flash Drive
Save your photos on your USB Flash Drive

I take a lot of photographs when I travel. I love capturing moments and the beauty of the world. And I always experience storage problems! Sometimes my device slows down because of the excessive photographs, and I had to delete some photos just to make space.

Store information downloaded at internet cafes.

Sometimes I go to cafes to spend the afternoon at a place. I download travel guides, brochures, and other things that will help me in navigating through the place I’m in. USB flash drives let us store all these information without having to jam them all in our smartphones. USB flash drives are handy, and we can even choose to get print these brochures to aid us in our travels.

Store medical records in case of injury or sickness abroad.

Out of Town USB Flash Drive
Out of Town USB Flash Drive

Thankfully, I haven’t experienced any accidents in my travels abroad. But in cases of emergency, where we can’t avoid getting accidents, it is best if we store our medical records in one flash drive. It saves us the hassle of bringing stacks of paper in our bags, and it also saves us the hassle of trying to recall important medical details (like allergies). Storing a copy of medical records in a USB flash drive reassures you that you will get the best medicine and treatment that suits you specifically in cases of accidents.

Create a file with your name and address.

Save Important Travel Documents on your USB
Save Important Travel Documents on your USB

USB Flash drives can also serve as name tags. By creating a return address and basic contact information, someone just might give you a ring to return you a lost luggage or travel bag.

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