Yes. Don't be too stuck to that though, like Jeff and Vinny were in their ER. It doesn't hurt to do it without one every now and then, especially for the first few levels where it doesn't actually make a difference.
I'd recommend the opposite of this. After level 2 or 3, you should really have an arcana card with you unless you want to lose like, a week just to get a single level.
Like, I can see where you're coming from in that "oh it'll be fine", but you do that you're going to get to the end of the game and suddenly you're out of time.