Thursday, March 8, 2018

Anne Helen Petersen re: Organized Travel

Inside my bag is the title of Anne Helen Petersen's latest newsletter, and some of what she does to prepare for travel sounds like good advice for more than just a reporter:
If something works well, I make it routine. I fly the same airline (partly for the miles) but also because I know exactly what snacks there will be, exactly how many minutes I need to be at the gate after I get a notification that they're boarding, exactly how big my carry-on can be, exactly how to use the app and buy the wi-fi ahead of time and the routes/airports I'll transfer in. I found a pick-up shuttle company that's always on-time and that I can schedule simply by texting. ...

All of these decisions create less friction, less decision-making. ...

I have a reporting travel uniform — jeans, boots, a nice-ish flannel shirt — that makes me seem put-together enough but not too put together, and I wear variations on it throughout the 3/4 of the year. If I'm reporting for 2 days, and won't be hanging out with the same people on both days, I don't even bring a change of clothes (okay yes I bring another set of underwear). I have a perfect dob kit that I keep packed with travel versions of all the products I need.
Go read the entire thing for more ideas and links to her preferred overnight bag, suitcase, etc.