Up in the Air

December 29, 2009 - 2 Responses

Time for my movie review! Finally got to see this movie last night.  Don’t worry, I won’t tell you anything about the plot-line, or the story, or anything else. What I will tell you is that I really enjoyed it. As did Home Warrior, who does not travel like I do. So clearly it appeals to more than just the constant travelers of the world. I felt the acting was very real, and the story was believable, and very relevant.

The thing that amazed me throughout the movie is that all of the business travel details were dead on. I kept leaning over to Home Warrior saying, “That’s where I stay!” or “That’s what I do!” That key thing? Been there. There was one time when everyone in the theater laughed (I forgot where) and I remember thinking, What? That’s how it is!  So that aspect of the movie was really cool. It helped me remember there is a greater community of business travelers out there that I can relate to, and that get the craziness I go through in a normal week.

Plus George Clooney is, as always, super hot. And the actress who played Alex had awesome clothes throughout the whole movie, and I want to dress like her.

Overall, I highly recommend to men and women, travelers and non-travelers, basically to anyone who likes a good movie. Hope you enjoy it!

Flight Safety

December 28, 2009 - 2 Responses

If you watched any news at all over the weekend, you heard about the scary events of Christmas Day on the flight to Detroit. Whenever things like this happen, I inevitably get the question: “Are you ever afraid to fly?”  The answer, of course, is yes, sometimes I get a little freaked out about flying. It’s completely natural for some nerves to rise up when you hear about some of the crazy things that happen.

So to make you (and me!) feel better, here is a little reminder of how safe flying is.

  • The chances of a driving fatality between New York and Boston are 8.5 times higher than a flying fatality
  • In the US, one person dies for every 4 million flights taken–these odds are similar to those of winning the lottery buying only one ticket
  • You are more likely to die from stumbling while you walk, an accidental firearms discharge, or suffocating while sleeping in bed than from a plane crash

(from Consumer Warning Network)

So as you can see–flying is still incredibly safe! Far safer than driving, or (apparently) even walking. A little fear is understandable, but don’t let it keep you from seeing your loved ones or doing your job.

Happy Holidays from Road Warriorette!

December 26, 2009 - Leave a Response

A warm Happy Holidays to all of you! I wish for safe travels for those of you who are traveling this Holiday season, especially in the midwest. I have already heard about one friend driving from Texas to Iowa who got snowed in in Kansas, and had to spend Christmas Day in Kansas. Another friend spent Christmas Day in the DFW airport, while other friends had to delay their driving trips due to the snow. (And my own car broke down while driving to see Home Warrior’s family in San Antonio.)  So be safe! Travel carefully. And enjoy your family, friends, and (hopefully) your time off.

Quick Packing Tip

December 20, 2009 - Leave a Response

Last week I met a nice woman on the flight home from Nashville. It was her first business trip, and she was telling me about her day.  It had not gone as smoothly as one might hope, and she ended it with, “And I only got five hours of sleep  because the flight last night was delayed, and this morning I had to get up and iron my pants!”

This may be a no brainer for a lot of us, but, friends, when you are traveling, please do not pack anything that needs to be ironed. I am not a big fan of clothes that need to be ironed anyway, but especially during traveling.  By the time you get to your hotel, you just want to check your email and go to bed! You don’t want to stay up (or get up early) to iron. There are so many professional, cute, non-wrinkly clothes that you can take! There are even button downs now that you don’t have to iron.

My go-to outfit for travel during the winter is a pair of no-wrinkle black slacks, like these from TravelSmith, a sweater like this one from Banana Republic, a jacket, scarf, and cute (professional yet comfy) flats like these. When you get to your hotel, pull your clothes out of your suitcase and hang them up, and in the morning you will be good to go. Without ironing.

Gift Guide for the Road Warriorette in Your Life

December 16, 2009 - 2 Responses

Finding presents for the people you love can be tricky. But never fear! Road Warriorette is here to give you a few suggestions for the lady traveler in your life.

Suitcase

The one thing required for all overnight trips. Ogio luggage is lightweight, durable, and the pockets will expand to amazing proportions. Mine fits into all overhead luggage carriers on normal sized airplanes.

Travel Kit and Travel Bottles

I love these Aveda travel bottles. I have used them for years and they have never leaked or broken. It’s nice to have a pump and varying shapes as well. Of course, you can’t send the cute green bag through security (make-up case anyone?), but you can pop the Aveda bottles into this clear, TSA-approved quart size bag that is infinitely more durable then that holey zipoc bag your loved one has been carrying around. And here is yet another super cute option for travel bottles! Great stocking stuffers.

Noise Canceling Headphones

There are a ton of great ones on the market. Here is a comprehensive review from CNet of top brands and a range of prices.

Pashmina

I don’t need to make another post about the Pashmina and all of its wonderful uses. Just know that it would be a perfect  gift for your favorite traveler.

Travel Purse or Briefcase

This beautiful (but pricey!) Tumi bag is a great example of functionality, shape, and attractiveness in a carry-on bag. However other (less expensive) bags would be great as well.

Business Card Holder

One of my favorite blogs gives a range of pretty choices in a range of options. Good for all people with business cards, not just travelers!

Travel Yoga Tools

I would be lost on the road without my yoga. Here is a great, lightweight version of my everyday mat so your favorite traveling lady can get through her asanas without slipping on the floor on a hotel towel (been there, it’s not awesome). Another great travel-friendly option is the Manduka Equa Towel from Lulu Lemon.

Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

The book about our lives! I will watch the movie before I read the book, but I hope someone gets me this for Christmas 🙂

Kindle

I don’t have a Kindle but I want one! Don’t pack 10 books for a two-week trip, just take your Kindle. Genius.

Travel Document Holder

Great for the traveler who is flying internationally on a regular basis. Keep your boarding pass and your passport together!  And this one is so bright, it will never get lost in the depths of your bag.

Travel care kit—Emergen-C, eyemask, earplugs

A few travel necessities can make a great stocking stuffer!

Can’t Wait for “Up in the Air”

December 14, 2009 - Leave a Response

Have you seen the previews for Up in the Air? Every time the trailer comes on I think, “Wow! Those are my people!” or, “How did Jason Reitman get in my head and find out the details of my traveling life?” The reviews are good, there is Oscar buzz…. And then, of course, there’s George Clooney. Love him, love him, love him!

So friends, I will be going to see this movie on Christmas Day when it comes out. I will write my own review then!

Travel Toiletries

December 11, 2009 - Leave a Response

This is one of those tough situations. It is so hard to feel beautiful while traveling, but it is one of the most important times! When you have to worry about remembering all of your presentation, your giveaways, and all the little details of working in a place NOT your office; or when dealing with the constant hassle of airline travel–you don’t want to have to worry about your hair, or if your makeup looks right.  (Or, like this week, it rained heavily all the days that you traveled. sigh)

This means that one of the trickiest things about traveling a lot is condensing all of your toiletries into 3 oz containers and then fitting them into a tiny little one-quart bag. It’s enough that we have to cut down on the number of shoes we bring, but the toiletries too? I know some people have just never adapted, and choose to check their bags even though it’s a pain. Just like packing your clothes, it forces you to make choices and only take what you truly need.

I have three small bags for my toiletries—one for makeup, one for non-liquid items, and the plastic quart-size bag for my liquids.  I have found that packing a few smaller bags is easier that trying to cram one larger one into not a lot of room.  I’m not going to talk too much about makeup—you know what you need to feel beautiful and polished, so take those things and figure out a way to make it fit into a small bag.  Below is my list for what I take for the other two bags. Change it around to suit your needs, but know that it can be done—a woman can take all the toiletries she needs in two small bags.

Non-liquids

  • Toothbrush
  • Contacts case
  • Glasses
  • Razor
  • Comb

Liquids–travel sizes (3 oz or less) of all

  • Face wash
  • Contact solution
  • Body wash (from a hotel)
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (full size—I can’t find a travel size of my favorite deodorant)
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Tinted moisturizer
  • Hair smoother

Next time I will give recommendations of which toiletries I use, and love. Have a great weekend everybody!!

Treats On A Plane

December 2, 2009 - Leave a Response

Happy late-Thanksgiving everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had a more eventful holiday than I would have liked (pipes getting clogged, dishwasher draining into sink, water spilling out onto the floor, plumbers called…..sigh) but it was still lots of fun and filled with lots of family. The only traveling we did was drive a few hours to spend time with Home Warrior’s parents. Our drive was completely uneventful, although it was entertaining to see how full all of the store parking lots were at 8am.

I know there are many others (including my own family) who did lots of traveling, and therefore have some very interesting anecdotes. I have read many stories in many blogs, but this is by far the best.  One of my favorite blog-writers, Just Bea, had a heck of  a plane trip to visit her family.

Treats on a Plane

“I don’t blame you for having kids.  I think kids are great.  I someday hope to have a couple of the little buggers.  However, what I do blame you for is you and your spouse bringing four kids under the age of five on an airplane and falling asleep while they kick my chair for two and a half hours.  Oh and then dirty themselves.  I do not understand why it took you almost twenty minutes to notice.  I noticed.  I noticed immediately.

I get it, really I do.  You have the same rights that I do to travel freely about the country this merry holiday season.  But I do not think that you have the right to fall asleep, both of you, for the entire flight.  It seems tough not to notice your sons playing tug of war.  From two separate rows.  Also, hard to believe that you can’t hear them yelling to each other about the “snow” (which is actually clouds, which is kind of cute but whatever).

That’s all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.”

What to pack for a fun trip

November 15, 2009 - One Response

Why is packing for a personal trip so hard? For a business trip I can literally pack in twenty minutes, from outfits to toiletries to boarding pass. For most casual trips I agonize for days over what to pack, making list after list, crossing items out, figuring what I still need to buy…For the Alaska cruise I took with my family in the summer of 2008 my packing list was three columns, and took up three pages! Literally. Now, that was not all clothes of course. I had to figure out what I was taking, then I had to figure out all the different outfits these clothes would make. Then I had to decide on accessories and shoes. And of course there was a page devoted to what I was going to take on the plane (seven hour flight!). Now I may be admitting to a little bit of OCD here. In fact, my mother might say this is the only area of my life where I am OCD at all.  I am very laid back about most things, but packing for a personal trip is not one of them.

I have a few theories about this.  First of all, there are many more situations on a personal trip than on a business trip. For work, I know that I will either be on an airplane, in meetings or trainings, at dinner, or in the hotel the entire time I am gone.  I can basically wear the same thing to all of those places. Once I am in the hotel I change into my yoga pants and I am set. The one crazy thing that *might* happen is that I will go down to the pool, so sometimes I bring a swimsuit.  For a personal trip though, there could be all kinds of activities. In Vegas, I could go to restaurants, go gambling, go to the pool, go shopping, walk around the Strip, go to a show….the possibilities were endless. In Alaska this was compounded by not completely knowing what kind of weather we would have. Plus, what exactly should one wear while whale watching?  (Layers, in case you were wondering.) In Maui, we had the addition of a formal dinner.

I have started getting better at packing lighter, but I still have to make all of those lists. A few weeks ago Home Warrior and I went to Napa for wine tasting, which I followed up with a short trip to Salt Lake City for work. It was definitely tricky combining clothes for a fun trip and a work trip, and still be able to carry on my suitcase. One of my big weaknesses is shoes. I want to bring a different pair for shoes for every outfit. In fact, on my initial Napa list were seven pairs of shoes.  For a six day trip. Sigh.

Although I am evolving it all the time, this is basically what I pack for a fun trip. Obviously add or subtract as needed, and vary as necessary for weather, but start with this list and you will be in good shape.

  • One pair of pants/shorts for every two days (for my 6 day Napa trip I took three pairs of pants), including one pair of jeans
  • A shirt for every day (ideally each shirt will match more than one pair of pants)
  • One or two nice tops/outfits
  • Two pairs of shoes, one pair of flip flops, one pair of tennis shoes**
  • Jacket appropriate for weather
  • Clothes for exercising
  • Clothes for sleeping
  • Swimsuit and cover-up
  • Make-up and toiletries
  • Undergarments

**All of the packing lists I have read say take three pairs of shoes, including the pair on your feet. I think this is a good rule of thumb. I also don’t think flip flops should be included in the shoe count. They are small, don’t take up a lot of room, and are good to have around the hotel regardless of whether you wear them out.

DFW has what??

November 10, 2009 - One Response

This morning I was walking (okay, running) through Terminal C in DFW when something so amazing, so important, so impossibly exciting caught my eye that I skidded to a stop. What is this incredible vision, you ask? Yes, my friends, DFW now has a Sephora vending machine.

If you have read any of my previous posts you know that I love Sephora. I spend lots of time and money there. Makeup, shampoo, face cleansers….everything you need to be beautiful is there. And now they have the mini version in a vending machine at DFW airport.

It has everything a girl on the go needs (and might have forgotten at home). All the necessities! Makeup, shampoo, face cleansers….it is like all of the best products from the store distilled into one perfect place. There are also full kits available in case you forgot all of your stuff, from makeup kits to hair product kits to face kits. All in precious travel sizes.

The world of airport vending machines is no longer dominated by Best Buy and Netflix. Now the girls get something too! Next time I am in Terminal C I will stop by to say hi, look longingly at all the fun stuff, and maybe take a picture.  Maybe I’ll get really lucky and forget something in Salt Lake City and need to buy something! Fun, fun times.