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Inside #HGQ02

August 28, 2014

I’m so overwhelmed with the response from #HGQ02.

Overwhelmed in a good way, that is.  Though I’m already stressing on making #HGQ03 even better.

The theme for this box, as previously mentioned, was “first class luxuries in economy travel.”  What I particularly love about this box is that every item can be used in your day-to-day life – not just for those awful, long flights.

And who better to show you than Mr. On The Go himself?  My husband is a management consultant who travels EVERY week.  Without fail.

He’s been a huge support and inspiration for the travel and packing content in this space, and I couldn’t think of a better person to interview on how he uses #HGQ02.  Take it away, hubs!

I thought that the contents of #HGQ02 would be great for me to organize and store my necessities while on the go.  

The eyemask caught my eye first, as I have trouble sleeping even with the smallest amount of ambient light.  Not all hotels manage to create absolute darkness in the rooms, which affects my sleep.  Other eyemasks I’ve used tend to apply too much pressure on my face and make it hard to breathe.  The Perpetual Shade eyemask is the only eyemask that’s been comfortable and guaranteed a great night’s sleep, no matter where I am.  

When I saw the FLIGHT001 bag, I immediately thought that it would be perfect for my chargers, which perpetually get tangled and lost inside my bag.  Rather than write on the bag itself, I employed my wife’s superior penmanship skills to customize my bag with the essential chargers I always need to pack.  Thanks honey!

I’ve been a Nourish Snacks fan for some time.  And while I enjoy Mr. Pop-u-lar, Cocoa Loco is definitely my favorite.  I commit to a clean diet even while traveling (easier said than done), and these snacks definitely help keep me satisfied without sacrificing taste.  

In all honesty, I don’t use the Baggu bag that frequently.  However, I’m glad to have it when I need to carry something and don’t have room in my suitcase or briefcase.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, honey!

Did you order #HGQ02?  What did you love, and what didn’t you love so much?  Your feedback means everything, and I’m so appreciative of your support and help!

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My most recent travel posts have been focused on what clothes to pack for your next trip.  Wear each item twice, layer, blah blah blah.

But how do you pack them?  That’s the topic of today’s post AND video.

Rolling - rolling conserves a lot of space in your suitcase.  Tightly roll your clothes like they roll burritos at Chipotle.  For clothes that are prone to coming undone (t-shirts, silky items, anything with a bias hem), wrap a hair tie (looped twice) around the clothing so it stays rolled.  These ribbon ties are the best for preventing additional creases in your clothing.

Folding - I have a love affair with my folding board.  I fold all my tops with it before placing them into my drawers, or in my suitcase.  Using the board ensures the clothes are folded as flat as possible, saving you more space in your suitcase.  I opt to fold blazers, sweaters, and blouses with collars.  Everything else gets rolled.

Packing Cubes - No introduction is needed to the FLIGHT001 Space Pak.  I place the folded clothes in first (bulkier items at the bottom, collared items at the top) and arrange the rolled clothing on top of the folded items, AND in the empty pockets and spaces.  Hate crushed collars?  Button the top AND bottom button on the shirt for easy folding, and stuff a rolled t-shirt inside the collar in a coil.

Packing Laundry - Leave an inch or two of empty space above your clothes for your dirty items.  Another reason to love the Space Pak is the laundry compartment.  A sturdy nylon bag (either a Baggu or this laundry bag) will work equally well for packing your dirty clothes.

Are you a roller or folder when it comes to packing?  Have any great tips you swear by with every trip? COMMENT below and let me know!

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My favorite En Route With features profile entrepreneurs doing amazing things in the travel industry. Ruzwana created Peek when she faced the challenges of booking activities for an upcoming trip to Turkey. Sarah‘s jetsetting consulting days factored in the design of wrinkle-resistant M.M. LaFleur dresses. Kristi, featured today, designed a beautiful, multi-wear piece that spans climates and seasons without sacrificing style.

Kristi Aynsley
Founder, Encircled and Retail Bliss

In the past few years, I’ve averaged about 100,000 miles flown each year. I’m a road warrior who has a very, very bad case of wanderlust.

Even when I’m not traveling for work, I’m traveling for pleasure or plotting my next destination. Travel gives me perspective, and has taught me more about people than years of schooling.

I used to be a notorious over packer, but after a broken suitcase while packing for a trip to Costa Rica, I was forced to re-evaluate my packing habits. This was also the inspiration for my fashion line, Encircled. We create ethically made, eco-conscious apparel versatile enough for travel, and chic enough for every day wear.

The majority of my flights are done as carry-on only. I loathe spending excess time in the airport and flying carry-on only allows me to spend minimal time before flights. My go-to carry-on is the TUMI International expandable 2-wheeled suitcase. TUMI is legendary among my consulting colleagues, as they make well-made suitcases that have the function that frequent fliers need. It was definitely an investment piece but well worth it given the extensive travel I do every year!  My packing process is quite regimented and usually done the night before I fly – I have a mental list that I use every time. I even channeled my packing skills into a free downloadable packing list for others. As long as I have my passport, and credit cards, I know I’m okay even if I forget a few things.

Nevertheless, I seem to always forget at least one thing and it’s usually my hairbrush. So weird.

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