I travel. A lot. I travel at least once a month, some months twice. I’m an expert at airports. I’m not afraid to show up half an hour before my flight is departing in certain situations. I wouldn’t recommend that at DFW, but in Reno for a 7 AM flight, it’s not a problem.
Want to travel like I do? These are my necessities.
1. Timbuk2’s CoPilot roller is the best piece of luggage I’ve ever had. It’s small enough to carry on when I want, but large enough that I packed for my three week Europe trip with no problem. I can check it when I don’t feel like dealing, or carry it on when I don’t. The front pocket fits my toiletry bag so that it’s easily accessible when going through security. The zippered sides keep everything organized, contained and in it’s place which is a big necessity for me when I’m living out of a suitcase. The front shoe pocket holds my running shoes separate from my clothing. I never travel without the ability to go out for a run.
2. My Timbuk2 toiletries bag is always packed and ready to go so that I don’t have to stress over forgetting something. The clear front is TSA approved and ready to be sent through without dealing with stupid plastic bags. I use Nalgene brand leak proof bottles to keep small versions of all my favorite products with me.
3. We all know that I have a messenger bag problem. I have at least four or five. If I am carrying my laptop on the plane with me, but want a messenger bag for around town when I arrive at my destination, then I pack the Timbuk2 Hidden Messenger. It’s super lightweight, folds into it’s own pocket, takes up very little space in my suitcase and is always ready to go out on the town!
4. The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Prima Jacket is perfect for traveling. At a mere 23 grams, it weighs nothing, packs up into the size of your fist and is unbelievably warm thanks to Primaloft Insulation. I can scrunch it into my carry-on or my suitcase no problem. It’s so lightweight and small that it’s never a question of whether or not to bring it, I just always do. I’m never caught out of town without a bit of warmth in case a chilly night sneaks up on us.
5. The Amazon Kindle is the best purchase I’ve ever made! As a prolific reader, especially on vacation, I no longer have to travel with multitudes of heavy books. Even better, Amazon often has free classics for your Kindle on their site, so mine is loaded with about 30 books perfect for travel, like the Sherlock Holmes series. With wi-fi access, I’m never caught without the ability to pick up a new book. I like to download the Lonely Planet guide to my destination as well.
6. Scarfs. Lots of them. I became a fan when I was in Europe. Turn you from t-shirt wearing American into instantly classy traveler. I originally bristled at the idea of me wearing scarves but I have now repented my ways.
7. My Chaco Leather Flips have proven indispensable over the years. I’ve had them for at least 7 years now and they are showing no sign of slowing down. They’ve been on every trip with me. They are small enough to fit in my luggage, rugged enough to handle the beach, nice enough that I can wear them with dresses or skirts, and have enough support that I can walk in them all day with no qualms. By wearing comfortable boots on the plane and packing my running shoes and Chacos, I’m always ready for whatever my vacation throws at me.
8. In addition to having a messenger bag problem, I now have a camera bag problem as well. My collection is up to 6 bags but for travel, I rely on the Lowe Pro Slingshot. I currently have a smaller version of this bag, but any more lenses and I’m going to have to upgrade. It has a waterproof cover to protect against the elements, something that came in handy to also keep sand out when I had my camera at the beach in Puerto Rico.
For the purposes of full disclosure, with the exception of Pearl Izumi, none of these companies know who I am. I just happen to really like them.