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En Route With…Joy Bauer

October 13, 2014

Joy Bauer, MS, RDN
Health and Nutrition Expert for NBC’s TODAY Show, Best-Selling Author, Founder of Nourish Snacks

I am a major over-packer, and a very last minute packer too! It’s always better to have options, right? I have two Briggs & Riley bags—a large carry on suitcase with a garment compartment and a small carry-on for my work, computer and snacks. It’s a perfect combo because I can easily hook the smaller unit to the top of the larger suitcase and don’t have to coordinate rolling multiple bags (since I’m usually in at least 4-inch heels!). I am known to throw things in my bag 10 minutes before I’m supposed to be out the door, so there really isn’t any particular order when I’m in such a rush. Toss, toss, toss, and feverishly try to close the overstuffed bag. I’m definitely a folder. But nicer dresses and skirts that I’ll need for an event or a shoot remain on hangers and get transferred to the garment portion of the bag. When it comes to packing, last “second” sums it up.

Whether I check in my bag depends on the trip and how much I’ve overpacked – I used to try for only carry-on, but have had far too many embarrassing attempts at trying to squish my HUGE over-stuffed heavy bag into the overhead compartment (thank goodness for strong, helpful travel mates).  Now, depending upon where I’m going and how much I’m bringing, I’ll often check the larger bag and bring the smaller bag with essentials on the flight.

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En Route With…Sasha Muir

September 8, 2014

Sasha Muir, founder of the beloved butter LONDON nail polishes and creator of my favorite wallet (ever!), will have you raiding your kitchen for the ultimate packing aid.  Given her frequent jaunts between Seattle and London, this woman knows exactly what she’s talking about.  And she’s kind enough to share her tricks with us in En Route With…

Sasha Muir
Founder, butter LONDON | Co-Founder & CEO, BEVEE

When I pack for a trip, I tend to oscillate between spending a lot of time on the perfect packing strategy OR I pack everything in my closet in a mad last minute dash. Neither is optimal.

When I do give myself time, I try to pack well in advance depending on the size of trip. If I’m going on say a family surfing trip to Costa Rica, I’ll start at least three weeks in advance, but if I’m visiting New York on business three days feels like enough time.  No matter what, every trip starts with a list. When I’m choosing my clothes, I’ll take pretty much my entire wardrobe, lay everything out on my bed, think about the possible outfit combinations that I’m ‘feeling’, and get rid of items that don’t work. It’s a constant filtering process. At the end I’ll end up with outfits that have one or two top options to every one bottom and add jewelry.

My secret packing weapon is the Ziplock bag. Yes, I am obsessed! I place each outfit into a large Ziploc bag, squeeze the air out to make them super compact, and pack them separately. Sometimes, if I’m really on it, I label the bags with what’s inside or where I’ll be wearing it.  I only pack one type of each shoe style that I need for the trip – one pair of flats, one pair of heels, etc. The shoes have to work across all of my outfits.

I always carry my passport and other airport essentials in my BEVÉE convertible clutch wallet. I wear it as a crossbody through the airport then detach the strap and toss it in a tote bag in flight. Short or long trip, I always invest in a high-quality rolling suitcase. I’m a strong believer in making investments in quality materials and products that last.

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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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