Traveling for work can sometimes be a pain.
Waiting in lines, jet lag, and packing everythingyou need each and everytime.
To make the journey as comfortable as possibleI try to simplify the stuff I carry.
This usually means sticking with smaller carryon sized luggage to avoid the check-in counter, a small backpack perfect for my electronicson the plane and professional enough to bring to meetings, and organizing it all so there’sminimal stress getting through the airport and on to the plane.
Hi I’m David and this is my simple and minimalwork travel bag setup Starting with my carry on luggage.
I’m am using this TravelPro Tote suitcase, which by first impressions is really small compared to what most people are carrying, standing only 18 and half inches from the floor.
Still I find I can fit just enough for coupledays on a business trip in here.
Inside the luggage you’ll usually find deadspace around the integrated handlebars so I’ll usually wedge an umbrella, my beltand a bag for my dirty laundry back here.
Next I’ll stuff my shoes full of socks andplace them at the bottom of the case.
My pants, dress shirts and spare t-shirt Iput inside a packing cube.
Underwear and PJs compressed in another cube.
And finally my suit jacket wrap in a plasticbag on top to reduce wrinkles.
So while this small tote fits everything Ineed for my clothes.
To be honest, my ideal bag would be a littletaller to give more breathing room in here but finding that perfect sized carry on luggageis a lot more difficult than it really should be with every airline having their own carryon requirements.
And luggage manufacturers constantly fudgingtheir dimensions with slightly protruding handles and wheels that often push them pastthese restrictions.
So to save myself the headache I’ll justtravel smaller with this tote suitcase for now.
This bag does feature some other extras likea sleeve for a 13” laptop, small pockets for accessories, built in USB plug to routepower, even Velcro straps that keep the case from fully opening when you want to peek insidebut most of that is pretty unnecessary for me since I always also travelling with a backpack.
A small day backpack is must for me on anytrip.
It’s convenient to leave under the seaton the plane for quick access to my electronics and snacks.
But I also need it to carry my laptop to anymeetings or the office.
For this I’m using the Aer Flight Pack 2.
It has a nice clean and minimal design.
You can tuck away the straps to use it asa briefcase or attach the shoulder strap to give it a more compact professional look.
Inside the main compartment I’ll throw mylaptop in here, with my sweater and jacket that I’m wearing if it gets too hot out, as well my bagged up liquid toiletries.
In the front pocket, I have my laptop andphone chargers, Powerbank and cables.
Pens, notebook, keys and noise cancellingearbuds.
There’s also pocket in the front where I’llput a granola bars for a snack.
A place for a water bottle on the side, ifI buy one at the airport.
And a quick access pocket on top to storemy wallet or cellphone when needed.
And that’s pretty much everything I carryfor a trip but just as important as the stuff I carry.
I also like to think about how it’s allbeing carried to minimize travel pains.
For example, A lot of your time in the airportis just standing in lines.
Sliding the backpack onto the handle of theluggage keeps everything together and helps with comfort.
Having 4-wheel spinners on luggage do wastespace at the bottom but the advantages of being able to just push it along with youin slow lines and maneuver down the thins aisle in the airport or the plane, feels likea worthwhile tradeoff for me.
The other pain point I have with air travelis going through security check.
So to make it as quick and efficient as possibleI don’t wear belts to the airport, I throw my wallet and cellphone into a pocket whilewaiting in line for security.
And my liquid toiletries and laptop are bothin the same bag pocket, so they both go onto the tray followed by my backpack and luggagethrough the xray machine.
Quick, easy to repack and no worries aboutforgetting any of my belongings at security check.
So that’s the stuff I carry and my routinefor my minimal work travel bag setup.
Sure you could one bag it in a single backpacklike I did for Japan a couple months ago but for a work trip I usually don’t need thatlevel of mobility, so I prefer a more convenient and comfortable two bag approach.
But hope you guys enjoyed this one.
You know what to do.
And I’ll see you in the next video.