According to a TripAdvisor survey, 93 percent of adults plan on taking a domestic flight this year, while 64 percent plan on taking an international flight. But, despite this surge in air travel, research has yet to tell us what the perfect packing list should consist of. That samesurvey found that 77 percent of travelers considered reading materials to be a “flight must-have” with an iPad or tablet considered the same by 52 percent of respondents. Another survey, this one byCheapFlights, found that 74 percent of Americans pack 2-3 pairs of shoes. Men
But, for most of us, deciding what to pack for a trip is largely personal and often dependent upon the destination. But best practices and universal recommendations do exist. I’ve taken the following items with me everywhere, from motorcycle rides across the Midwest and yacht clubs in Monaco to retreats in Fiji and conventions like Complex Con, powered by Shopify, where I’ll be this weekend interviewing their merchants and connecting the dots between convergence culture and commerce.
As you can imagine, each of these are all starkly different, but my packing list still remains the same. Here’s that packing list, as well as some additional tips, for easy reference.
Technology and Electronics
Smartphone, Logitech K480 bluetooth keyboard, Goal Zero Venture 30 recharger, Bose Quietcomfort 35 noise canceling headphones and the Refined Traveler universal world charger—I leave the laptop (and bulky charger) home to minimize clutter. Although I’m a paperback fan, for travel I keep reading material (and audiobooks) stowed away on my phone to save space.
Shoes, Clothes and Accessories
Three Icebreaker Merino wool shirts, two pants and one pair of shoes, two max—unsure how to pack clothes? Roll, don’t fold. According to a 2015 Cheap Flights survey, only 30 percent of Americans do this. But more should because it saves time, space and wrinkles. I opt for neutral color palettes as they can easily be dressed up or down. I wear no jewelry except a Rolex Explorer, which I got for a great price fromTrax NYC. It’s a reliable and attractive way for me to keep track of two time zones thanks to the adjustable 24 hour hand.
Why Merino wool? A growing body of evidence suggests that Merino wool is truly a super fabric. It’s breathable, moisture wicking, protects against odors and UV rays. It’s even regulates temperature, helping keep you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm. If you’re unsure what to wear on a plane, I recommend you skip the sweater and opt for a long sleeve Merino wool shirt, instead. It’ll keep you cozy in the airplane cabin without all the bulk.