I’m packing for another trip…and I thought since I’m on the road so often, it’d be fun to go into the weirder (but necessary) stuff I carry with me on every trip.
1. Earphone tips
Earphones are almost as crucial as a good music player. I love flying but without the right stuff, it sucks. Without my music, I get headaches on planes—and I can’t get good music without a good pair of earphones. Besides, I’ve lost count over how many times I’ve lost half my earphone on the immigration checkpoint belts. Weird? I guess…A colleague commented on my collection but he was pretty happy when his earphones disappeared on the immigration belts half an hour later.
2. The Splash Defender
It’s the paranoia talking, but traveling with this makes me feel a lot more comfortable. In flood waters, this will safely hold an iPad, phone, a change of clothes, documents and passport. When the Jakarta floods hit a couple of months ago, we had an important meeting and I couldn’t—didn’t want to—say no. Or even reschedule. The people of Jakarta were getting around just fine, and I didn’t have a legitimate reason to stay away. The meeting turned out well—we eventually won a major account and as long as I have this bag, I am also well equipped for business development activities in every flourishing flood-stricken country in the region.
3. Bottles of stuff
Moisturizer, SPF and hand sanitizer are complete essentials for Asian travelers. I love everything about Asia but chances are, it’s pretty hot. It’s usually clean enough but if you wanna get (or involuntarily end up) off the beaten track it can sometimes it can be pretty unsanitary. But with these, you’re good to go!
4. Parrrrty, social and corporate hairbands!
A complete feminine accessory, but Hairbands Never Fail Ya, when you can’t locate your favourite (any familiar) shampoo brand in developing nations and when the hotel shampoo wrecks your hair. I carry these 3 in my bag for flexibliity—one for night, one for day and one for work, and usually all 3 can go with anything I’m wearing.
5. Eclipse Mints
Just cos delayed flights, traffic jams and back-to-back meetings were never a good combination.