Traveling with a SIM card (and tool!)

You know that feeling when you arrive at a foreign airport and pull out the SIM card you’ve purchased for your international travels, and you discover that you don’t have a good way to pop open your phone’s SIM card tray? So you curl up in a corner and cycle through paperclips, earring hooks, pen tips, safety pins, and a variety of other improvised tools until you finally force it open?

No? Just me? Okay.

But just in case you have a friend who might ever experience this conundrum, I’ll share my brilliant painfully obvious solution.

I am embarrassed to admit how long it took me to realize that I should just keep a SIM card tool permanently packed, instead of trying to remember to take one. /shame/ But I finally got clever and packed one in my passport case — AND labeled it clearly above the pocket, so I also remember that I have one.

SIM card tool, permanently packed for international trips in my passport case
SIM card tool, permanently packed for international trips in my passport case

Hey, I’m a little slow, but I get there eventually.

Do you have any travel tips that I haven’t figured out yet?

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  1. Don’t forget your dog! What’s an international trip without your dog?

    • /waves/ Good to hear from you!

      And yes, it’s really sad that the dogs can’t always travel with me. I’ll be in Tokyo next week (and teaching a dog seminar, but sadly without dogs of my own) and there’s something about the long flight and the entrance requirements. But I have a petsitter who loves them, and whom they love, and I ask her for daily pupdates and pics!

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