anthony bourdain sometimes traveled with a ‘sneaky credit card that turns into a knife’

The late travel expert and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain shared his tip for traveling in ‘high crime areas.’ He revealed he always traveled with a knife disguised as a credit card.

As someone who spent most of his time on the road, CNN’s Parts Unknown host had expertly curated his list of what went in his suitcase.

He knew exactly what was worth taking and what was better left at home.

Bourdain’s packing list, however, like the man himself sometimes, was a bit surprising.

In an interview with the New York Times, Bourdain revealed he traveled with a sneaky credit card that turned into a knife. The knife was especially useful when traveling in places with ‘heavy street crime.’

He, however, admitted that the knife wasn’t of the highest caliber.

He said:

“It’s not something you’d want to get into a serious fight with. But it might be a rude surprise should someone grab you from behind as you enter your hotel room.”

Small pocket knives that fold into the shape of a credit card aren’t available exclusively to most travelers.

But Amazon sells similar sets of knives to the one Bourdain described.

Bourdain also told the outlet that he also had some less vicious travel item recommendations.

For instance, he always included a sweatshirt or light down jacket that can double as a pillow in his luggage.

So, if he ever needed a pillow in an airport or to curl up on a floor or a bench, he would use that jacket. He insisted actual neck pillows are too bulky and they take up too much space.

He also traveled with three or four Moleskine notebooks as well as a couple of jiu-jitsu uniforms.

Bourdain explained that he used jiu-jitsu uniforms while practicing, which helped him ‘stay in shape.’

The uniforms would also come in handy in case the laundry cycle in hotels wasn’t what he liked.

Know you know what you should bring along with you on your next trip, courtesy of travel expert and mentor Anthony Bourdain.