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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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En Route WIth…Julia Dzafic

September 16, 2013

I’m back!  Thanks for being patient with me as I recovered from this pesky infection and waded through mountains of work.  I’m holed up in the Bombay airport, waiting to check in for my flight.  Hell would be nicer place to wait.  While I suffer through smelly neighbors and eardrum-crushingly loud announcements, enjoy reading the latest installment of ERW – I’m featuring my close friend and fellow entrepreneur Julia of Lemon Stripes.  Enjoy!


Julia Dzafic
Founder & CEO, Lemon Stripes

I am a bit of a freak when it comes to packing. Oh wait – I’m a freak about most things, given my OCD tendancies. Here’s my deal: I make a list 2-3 days before my trip, even if it’s just a weekend at home in New Hampshire. The day before, I pull out everything that I need for the trip and organize it in piles on my bed (separated by shirts, pants, work out gear, etc). Once I can see everything laid out, I usually realize that I’m insane and don’t need 5 dresses for a 3 day long weekend and take out the extras.

I fold everything as neatly as possible, and always stuff my socks and undies into a bag so they aren’t floating. My other trick is that I always put each pair of shoes into a shoe bag so that they don’t touch my clothes (Hello OCD!).  Next comes the jewelry which is the most important part of packing for me. I always need multiple jewelry options for each day I’m away so this is where I really go crazy. I have a Gorjana jewelry wallet and fill it to the brim with necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings. My sister never packs accessories when we go away together because she knows I’ll have so many with me!

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Clara has been a blogger-turned-friend for most of this year.  We first met during this photo shoot, but our friendship really picked up steam when we discovered a mutual obsession with Pitch Perfect, Netflix original programming, and Lo & Sons bags.  She brought an amazing watermelon feta salad to my rooftop potluck, and we’ve been firm friends since.  Besides being a social media maven, Clara pens the mouth-watering and eye-catching blog Channeling Contessa and is an all-around badass.  Plus, this girl knows how to travel.  Read on for the details…


Clara Artschwager
Social Marketing Strategist | Blogger, Channeling Contessa 

My first job out of college was in marketing at a healthcare consulting firm. After rising the associate ranks, I was put on the road- for 22 off site meetings a month. Yes. 22. That meant I was on the road from Monday through Thursday each week. Suffice it to say, I did not last long in this role, but the experience really taught me how to pack efficiently. Unless I’m going away for more than two weeks, I always carry on. Part of that is the hassle (and cost!) of checking a bag, and part of it is the love affair I have with my suitcase. Right before I hit the road for that job, I invested in a new suitcase- a sweet little Ricardo elite that has been my best travel companion (aside from my boyfriend) for the past six years. I’m a perpetual planner, so I always pack the night before. Skirts and dresses get rolled, the rest is folded and sectioned into tops, bottoms, pjs, and workout clothes.

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