Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A recent Twitter exchange with Chris Brogan gave me the encouragement to write a post about how I travel and pack. I have given up checking bags when I travel. This is no easy feat as I often travel internationally for work. The challenge for me is having dressy clothes (shirts and ties), some casual clothes for after dinner networking, and all the electronic gear that I lug around. So how do I do it?
I am a bag junkie. I have tried big bags, roller bags, duffel bags, and rolling trunks. Once I discovered onebag.com, however, I was a convert to bags made by Red Oxx. On any trip I will be found carrying two of their bags. I use the Air Boss and the Metro Briefcase. The Air Boss has three separate compartments and is designed to be packed in a unique fashion. The Metro Briefcase, while deceptively small, offers the protection and pockets I need to stow my laptop, some chargers, and other small gadgets. I also use some packing cubes by Eagle Creek to organize my electronic chargers.
The key to packing is coordination. I usually wear a travel sports jacket by Oscar de la Renta, and pack two pair of charcoal wool slacks. I pack three Paul Fredrick shirts along with the shirt I am wearing. My t-shirts are from Tilley Endurables as well as my socks. My underwear is from Eastern Mountain Sports. I do laundry in the sink at least twice during my trip and take advantage of the laundry service at the hotel. The two most important pieces of equipment I carry are my clothes line and Tide pocket laundry soap (although I find the hotel bar soap works just as well). Oh, I also use a micro fiber towel to help dry things.
So that's it. I can squeeze everything into these two bags. I am on the lookout for a better way to travel with chargers.
Has your luggage been lost? How do you manage?
Photo credit: uploaded to Flickr by sun_dazed