- My number one travel recommendation is to bring a minimalistic tote bag. Not only do they give you easy access to your laptop, passport, and water bottle, but they also fit easily underneath the airplane seat in front of you. Remember, if you spring for one in leather, make sure it matches the leather color scheme you chose when you were building your professional wardrobe; there’s nothing worse than buying a bag that you can only wear with one pair of trousers.
- Unless you’re moving cross country or having a retro moment, there’s no excuse to use your mom’s suitcase from the 80’s. Spring for a hard-shell rolling suitcase that fits everything you need to enjoy your vacation. But before you drop $300 on the AWAY suitcase you’ve seen ads for on the subway, know that more and more airlines are making you check your charger and bag combo at the gate. Sometimes less is more, so strive for simplicity and check out the Rockland Melbourne 20-Inch Hardside Spinner.
- Getting through security is painful enough without having to untie and re-tie your sneakers. Instead, wear your favorite pair of zipper boots to save time in the line and space in your carry-on. Try pairing them with some worn-in denim jeans or crisp business slacks to make those around you regret wearing their pajamas to the airport.
- When it comes to choosing your travel jacket, remember the three f’s: fit, fabric, and functionality.
- Fit: Let’s face it, those airplane seats are tiny. You’ll need something that’s cut close to the body so your seat buddy doesn't sit on it all flight long.
- Fabric: You’re going to be wearing it for hours on end, so you’ll need something that doesn’t look like you’ve been sleeping in it for five hours. Look for a jacket made of wrinkle-resistant cotton or slick neoprene to keep you comfortable and confident all-day long.
- Functionality: The last thing you need to do in closer quarters is take off your pullover sweatshirt. Think pockets to hold your phone and ventilation panels to keep you cool throughout the flight.
Reusable coffee cup
- Traveling is no excuse to use more plastic. Not only do you usually save money at the counter by using your own cup, but you also reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. I recently brought my reusable coffee cup with me on a flight to Denver and saved six plastic cups and straws along the way. Don’t forget that the first part of living a greener life is to refuse single-use, disposable products. A little bit of inconvenience on your part will go a long way in saving our planet.
That’s it for me today. Any Questions? You know where to reach me!