Having a phone has never been more useful – with all the functions that modern smartphones offer, a good phone makes everything so much easier: Especially when we travel. But the importance of having access to a phone also means we can’t afford losing it on the go. Therefore, it makes sense to bring TWO phones for your trip.
One can be your regular smartphone, and the other can be a cheaper phone or an older one. The point is that having two phones will give you peace of mind as you travel the world. Below, we list all the benefits of bringing two phones for your trip.
You’ll have a backup
The principal argument for bringing two phones is that you will have a backup if something happens to your main one.
If your main phone gets stolen – which can easily happen in a lot of places – you will have another one ready, and you will still be able to call people, send texts, show tickets, find directions, etc.
Theft is not the only thing to worry about either. Perhaps you leave your phone somewhere, perhaps the screen breaks, or maybe battery issues show up out of nowhere. You never know. So bring two phones if you can. Better to have a backup than to urgently need one in a new location.
Bring one out, leave one in
When you have two phones, it gives you the option to bring one with you while you go out and to leave one at the hotel/apartment.
In general, it would be best to leave your most expensive phone at your place of accommodation and have a cheaper one to carry around. But that part is up to you. Knowing that you have an additional phone at home is a great comfort if something happens while you’re out.
Likewise, when you pack your bags and go through airports, you can carry one phone with you in the pocket and pack on in the checked luggage. You basically spread your risk when you do it this way.
Easy to set up a local number
Your regular phone likely has your normal SIM-card inside and runs on your subscription from home.
If you intend to buy a local SIM-card with a local number when you arrive in a new country, it is quite nice to have an additional phone to plug it into. Although many modern phones allow multi-SIM, it can sometimes cause some issues, and it is generally easier to have two phones with two numbers – your primary phone with your primary number, and your secondary phone with a local SIM from the destination you travel to. This is particularly important if you intend to stay in one foreign country for an extended time.
Access to different functions
You might even want to consider having one iPhone and one Android phone.
The reason is that they give you access to different apps and different functions. In some countries, there are apps that only exist for iOS, and apps that only exist for Androids. By bringing two phones, each with its own operating system, you will never miss out on anything.
It’s a simple precaution
Using two phones is a valuable yet simple precaution. Phones don’t take up a lot of space, so you can easily fit an additional one into a bag or a suitcase. And if you already have a primary smartphone that you are happy with, you can get a secondary one for a low price like $200-300. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and if you have the finances to travel around for extended periods, you likely have the ability to buy a backup phone as well.
Just like it makes sense to bring several pieces of clothing, and just like it makes sense to bring backup money, documents and having an insurance, it is also a great choice to two phones with you when you travel. Even if it’s only for the peace of mind – but as you see, there are multiple benefits!