I would describe my packing style as somewhere in between anal and relaxed. I normally don’t seriously pack until the night before a trip or day of. If I am not packing in my Coach duffle bag, I am using a rolling carry-on sized suitcase. I do not own luggage sized for checking. I always check my baggage out of bag loss anxiety, and just the comfort of knowing where my stuff is.
I always over-pack my toiletries and my intimates because you never know what could happen, and those are the two hardest items to replace. I always pack a particular way. I pull out the items I want to pack a few days before the trip, and roll my clothes for a tighter fit. Shoes go in first and toiletries always last. When I get home from a trip, I refill my toiletries so they are always full and ready to go on another trip.
Once I leave for the airport…
I normally fly American Airlines, but on the occasion that it is not available, I fly JetBlue. Since I have the luxury of having airline status, I push the envelope on my arrival time since I know I won’t run into a line. Once through security, I pick up two bottles of Smart Water and the weeklies from Hudson News. If I have any time to spare, I sit in the airline lounge.
On the plane…
During flight I will usually treat myself to the weeklies before I start working. I have been known to do my best work on cross-country trips. On red eye flights I will watch a TV show, then sleep. Entertaining myself in flight is easy. I use my MacBook Air to watch TV shows or to get some work done.
Seat preference is always aisle for quick bathroom access. I drink the two bottles of Smart Water- one filled with David KirschThermo bubbles to curb my appetite, and the other with plain water. I never drink soda during flight because the carbonation makes our bodies bloat. As far as eating goes, if I am hungry I will eat almonds or a protein bar, but normally never a meal. I try to time my flights so that I am not missing a meal or eating on a plane.
Travel is a necessity, and I like to do it a specific way. I’ve had a lot of practice.
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