I have traveled a lot over the years for work and play. I think I am pretty good at it these days. I can pack for a 10-12 day trip in a carry on and a big purse - #winning! I have some tried and true products I never leave without. My travel essentials are linked in the pictures below. They definitely include my favorite suitcase (available in three colors), noise canceling headphones, my travel pillow, my eye mask, and easy travel clothes and comfortable shoes that you can mix and match for work and play.
Once you are all packed, you head to the airport and board the plane. Because I travel so much I have seen a lot on airplanes. I am probably more sensitive than most but I do think it's worth considering how others may react to you on a plane. Plane etiquette is just as important as office etiquette in my mind. Why? You never know who will be on a plane - maybe your CEO or a client? Be careful. Here are a few things to consider to make sure you are not the problem person on a plane....
You have all sat next to someone on a plane or train who has their headphones on so loudly you can sing along with them. You have also sat next to the person that is playing a video game on their phone or Ipad but keeps the volume on so you can hear every gun blast. This message is to all - please please please be cognizant of your own noises from your phones, music, games, and computers. What you hear as white noise can be very disturbing to other passengers. Additionally, keep your own volume to a minimum. I am a loud talker but on planes or trains I try to keep my voice down if talking to my neighbor. I recently had a flight where I could recite the entire conversation between two people a row and an aisle away from me. That's too loud! Know your voice and if your friend does not know his or her own voice - help him and try to keep the talking low (people will often mimic what their partner does or you could politely say I see that man is trying to sleep over there, I think we should try to keep it down). The whole plane will thank you for it! Also I must give a recent kudos to a United flight attendant. She was kind enough to ask a gentleman to turn off the noises from his video game. Not all attendants do that but I really appreciated her effort. Keep it up please for the rest of the plane's sake!
To peaceful travels with all the essentials you need! Just click on the pictures below (scroll with arrows left and right) for some of my favorite travel essentials for work and play.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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