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I may or may not be able to get back to you quickly because I am in the middle of a trip that looks a little bit like this: SFO >> ORD >> DXB >> SIN >> PVG >> SFO. Maybe that just looks like a series of letters and sideways 2/3 triangle shapes to you. To me it looks like a whole lot of time on airplanes. Woof.
In honor of this adventure, I present to you Blissmagic’s packing guide for a trip that spans 11 days, 1 global circumnavigation, temps from 25-90, snow, rain, suffocating humidity, woolly mammoths, and undoubtedly a few bad ideas or good wines but not both. Here we go:
2 pair of black jeans. In full transparency, I didn’t own black jeans before I joined Apple. That said, if there is one thing I learned from working here it’s that owning at least one puppeteer ensemble will quickly get you into the inner circle of power AKA the Apple Illuminati. Black on black on black on black. After almost a year here I still only own a single pair of black jeans, but knowing you, you own at LEAST two and probably more, you greedy little gum ball.
A down or synthetic down jacket. Puffs up big. Packs down small. I suggest synthetic down because it dries out faster if it gets wet. I used to live in the woods so I know a lot about outdoor gear.
A beanie and gloves. I brought fingerless gloves because nothing I do makes sense.
Layers, layers, layers. Again, this trip will go through hot, cold, wet, dry, and everything in between. I didn’t expect the air conditioning to be on at the 3% conference while snow was falling outside, but alas, it was. Luckily I had layers.
1 energy bar for every day abroad and as many bags of vegan beef jerky as you feel rich enough to afford (Louisville Vegan Jerky is currently on sale for $5.99 at Whole Foods). If you’re not a vegetarian then you may not need to weigh yourself down like a PRO BAR pack mule, but I’ve been in some pickles in Asia and energy bars SAVED ME. Energy bars and foreign California Pizza Kitchens. I don’t want to talk about it. Dark times…
A bandana. Never has a square piece of cloth been simultaneously so fashionable and functional. It’s almost too much for me to comprehend.
A comfortable pair of sneakers for day and a high heat pair of sneakers for night. Pro tip: The right pair of Vapormax can play both roles.
A day bag for urban exploration. Patagonia does the trick for me, but you’ll want to find something that ladders up to your own personal brand equity.
A Mophie to keep your charge running strong
AirPods so you won’t be stuck sitting in a dismal lounge at O’Hare listening to a brutal acoustic version of Sia’s Titanium over the speaker system. Speaking of which, apparently it’s time to grab my AirPods out of my bag.
Something that reminds of you whatever you’ll miss the most. I bring along a few pics of Nicholas and Magista. You might want to bring a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge or a recording of rush hour traffic. You do you.
Downloaded podcasts. REPLY ALL IS MY FAVORITE. I also love Planet Money, Heavyweight, The Daily and Serial Season 3.
Downloaded movies and TV shows. Do you really want to be limited to CENSORED versions of movies that airlines select for Average Traveler Annie and Basic Flyer Brett? I really don’t think you do. I downloaded Riverdale. IT IS SO TRASHY AND SO GOOD. Plus I love the art direction.
A water bottle to rehydrate you after long hours of recycled plane air. I like my s’well bottle because it’s neon orange and hard to misplace. It’s also relatively indestructible which is important if you’re clumsy like me and Sandra Bullock in most of her highest-rated rom coms.
Something analog to read in case your eyes start freaking out. I have “Sourdough, or Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market” with me. Based on the first few pages I think it’s going to be a winner.
An envelope to hold your receipts. Because order and process make the expense report SO MUCH less painful. Especially when receipts are in Chinese.
Extra socks. Always. I have never regretted packing extra socks. If a day is turning sideways and I can put on a new pair of socks that perfectly hug my feet? BOOMTOWN! Everything is right with the world.
That’s it for my list. While here in Chicago a wonderful woman named Dia Bondi reminded me of a fabulous old adage that I think is good to remember when traveling. You will be too much for some people. These are not your people. I am lucky enough to have found MY PEOPLE nearly everywhere I go.