We huddled the team and asked everybody what they need to do before or bring with them for a flight.
Headlamp, ground coffee with a pour over filter, and wet wipes. That’s a pro tip with the wet wipes. You’re welcome.
Bose noise-canceling earbuds (plus the little iPhone-to-headphone jack converter piece). Ya never know who is sitting next to you on the plane, don’t chance it. Don’t forget the headphones.
I always touch the outside of the plane while boarding, superstition I guess.
I don’t trust people who don’t have designated plane socks. Mine are Bombas Women’s Quarters. Best socks in the world that feel like a big warm hug on your feet. A few other always items… the biggest water bottle available, Emergen-C packets, lavish moisturizers. Hydration is key, people.
Lip balm, I’ll die without it (preferably, Glossier Balm Dotcom).
I always touch the side of the plane near the door before getting in, too. Something an uncle told me you should do when I was a really little kid. I’ve never not done it and I’m terrified not to now. I try to be all nonchalant about it. Glad I’m not the only weirdo.
Sketchbook, a chalk marker for removable graffiti, and I’ll co-sign the importance of noise-canceling headphones.
Extra iPhone chargers. One always gets lost, and the phone’s gotta be charged!
A book. I hate that I miss reading time when I’m at home. But I know that when I’m in another country and I don’t want to pay for data or when I’m on a plane, the print has my back. Just read Something Wicked This Way Comes on a flight. (Ed Note: Probably you want to read about the rest of that trip.)
Always bring my laptop to crank out work, and my Bose noise canceling headphones.
My carry-on roller bag with the USB charger builtin (and a back up charger pack and a back up for my back up).
One copy of Whalebone Magazine is left in the seat back pocket of my seat on each flight—the experiment has not exactly worked out yet, but, one day someone will write-in saying they found a copy. I am hitting refresh as you read this.
Bonus Round: Where Would You Like to Visit that You Haven’t?
I want to snow ski in Japan. Well, I guess visit Japan in general but skiing would be the catalyst. New Zealand has always been top of mind, too, even though Peter Jackson wouldn’t hire me after five attempts. Thanks a lot Peter.
Right now on my short list is a Southwest American road trip—Marfa, Santa Fe, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, ending at Amangiri. Campervan style with a luxe ending.
Fiji to surf Cloudbreak.
The Maldives. Paradise is pinned to the top of my list until space tourism becomes a thing.
The Maldives. Take me there now.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia. That’s just fun to say.
There are many many places, but Jamaica will sit at the top spot until I finally make it there.
Bali. I look at tickets every freakin’ day. Yoga, jungle, surf and infinity pools. @eddie @autumn, May I have 10 days off in September?
The Maldives for diving and its stunning beaches.
Japan, Japan, or Japan.
(We sense separate vacations may be in the Berrangs future and a team trip to Maldives in everyone else’s.)