I’ve been a longtime customer of 3floz.com (incredibly long – as in when they first launched). My first purchases were the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo and Jack Black lip balm (both still my favorites), and I’ve continued to return to the website to stock up on my toiletries. Curiously, the business grew with my ever-expanding travel needs – same day delivery in NYC and shipping to hotels in the company’s early days, and now replenishment programs and airport kiosks (fingers crossed for Newark being next!). It’s no surprise that this edition of En Route With is a GREAT one – I’m interviewing the company’s co-founder Alexi Mintz. Take notes, folks, and COMMENT below with your favorite product from 3floz.com.
En Route With…Alexi Mintz
Co-Founder of 3FLOZ and 3floz.com
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 carry 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.
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.
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 Kirsch Thermo 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.