Gear & Resources
I am often asked exactly what travel gear and resources I use to optimize my travel... So here's some of my favorite gear and websites that I highly recommend for traveling better!
I only recommend stuff that I actually use and I have tested every recommendation on this page.
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This is my absolute favorite bag! If you change ONE THING in the way you travel, I recommend switching to one bag instead of two and using a backpack style bag with straps. This one opens like a suitcase, is extremely light at only 3.7 lbs and of course is carry on size.
In addition to the bag above, I travel with a small messenger bag that I can bring to a meeting or coffee shop. This one is very slim and fits nicely inside the other bag so everything can fit in one bag. It has padding for electronics, space for a laptop and an iPad and everything zips up so nothing falls out!
One of the hardest things to keep organized in your travel bag is all those cords that seem to get tangled on EVERYTHING! I really like this Bagsmart Cable Organizer that can keeps everything in place and easy to access when you need them.
I have tried many different packing cubes, but these are my favorite because they are the lightest I've found so far, they compress the contents so it's more compact and they have strong zippers.
I like this toiletry bag for the same reasons I like the packing cubes by the same company. Most toiletry bags are actually extremely heavy, which adds weight to your suitcase, but not this one. It's light and still has several zippered compartments.
North Face Thermoball Jacket
If you're headed somewhere cold or that even might be chilly, you're obviously going to want to pack a warm jacket. But a jacket can be extremely bulky and hard to pack. That's why I love this North Face Thermoball jacket because it's extremely warm and still can compress into just about any tiny space in your bag.
Ah, the ongoing search for bottles that don't leak. I am still looking for even better ones but so far, these are the best I've found. Ikea used to carry them, but I haven't seen them in store for a while. They are still on amazon though.
Flat Travel Umbrella
While some travel experts don't recommend bringing an umbrella, I find it one of the handiest things to have with you as you're jet-setting between cities. Who wants to get soaked on their way to that important meeting. The reason I really like this one is that it folds up flat, so it's easier to pack.
I never travel with a digital scale, but I do keep one at home so I can weigh my bag every so often. As a Jetset Genius, you know our goal is to see just how light we can get our suitcase and a luggage scale is perfect for that.
PreCheck Screening Programs
US Global Entry
If you don't already have TSA Precheck, you are wasting SO MUCH TIME! And if you're thinking about TSA Precheck, then you might as well get US Global Entry which included everything you get with TSA Precheck but with the added bonus on quick re-entry to the USA via faster kiosks. For more info on PreCheck programs, checkout podcast episode 004 Perfect PreCheck.
Now that TSA PreCheck lines are getting longer, it's a good idea to add this additional program that brings you to the front of the security line when you're in a hurry. For a complete buyers guide to all precheck programs listen to episode 004 Perfect PreCheck.
If you have an international flight, this site is well worth a quick check to see if you have a good seat. You can quickly look at a seat map for your flight and the site rates the seats based on leg room and noise. Probably not worth your time for quick domestic flights, but if you're in the air more than 5 hours it's worth a quick look.
It is so frustrating to go through the trouble of searching for hotels, booking one and then arriving and it's horrible. I love this site mainly for the feature where you can sort hotels by the best in the city. In addition, recent photos of the hotel posted by recent guests give a good indication of what the hotel is REALLY like.
Travel Health & Fitness
My Favorite Travel Movies
Great movie about business travel and George Clooney's travel tips are hilarious!
"Last year I spent 322 days on the road, which means I had to spend 43 miserable days at home."
George Clooney as Ryan Bingham
I don't know of any movie that better captures some of the loneliness of traveling abroad.
"The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you."
Bill Murray as Bob Harris
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