7 On-The-Go Essentials: A Guide To Traveling Like A Designer

Traveling is a nonnegotiable part of this job. Schedules change, meetings get moved up and for someone like myself, having a getaway bag packed and ready to go saves time and energy. Now, most of our travel necessities are available via our smarthphones: Airbnb, Hotels.com, Uber, etc. But there are somethings that 16GB of space won't store. I never start a design adventure without these 7 must-have items: 

1. Daily Greens 

Sticking to a healthy eating regimen can be hard when you're on the road or wandering through the airport trying to find something quick to eat. I truly believe the way you start anything in life will be the way you finish. So prepping a kale smoothie for the road then grabbing a Daily Greens en route really keeps me focused and on the right track.

2. Sketchbook

You've heard me say time and time again, there's no substitute for a pen and paper. I know, technology is like a godsend for this generation. I get it, but I'm old fashioned. I like the idea of drawing out my design plans and jotting down measurements. Even when I'm out to lunch and a brilliant new idea strikes I'd rather see it in black and white than stored on my iPhone. Needless to say, whenever, wherever I am, you can bet there's a notebook and pen nearby. 

3. Audio Book

If you've been following me for some time now you know I read one nonfiction book a month. I've committed to life long learning and now that my scheducle is more hectic than ever, you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover audio books. It is the best way to stay on top of  my business and nurture my creative mind. I'll turn on a Bishop T.D. Jakes sermon or revisit Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and breeze through the task at hand.  

4. Simple black dress 

After I'm done taking meetings and shopping for clients, I like to see what's going on in whatever city I'm in. I might check out a new hotel opening or make reservations at a popular local resturant, or just meet up with friends. Whatever the case, I find my simple black dress to be a godsend. I never underestimate the spontaneity that comes along with my line of work. 

5. Mutliple chargers

If you really want me to lose it, I mean really lose it, let me turn to you and hear you say "my phone is dead." My assistant now knows to pack mutliple chargers. On her list of chargers to pack: a chargable phonecase, car charger and a portable charger. Better to be safe than sorry. 

6. External storage drive

If being an iPhone photographer were a real thing, that would be my job title. I take a ton of pictures! There are thousands and thousands of pictures in my phone; client photos, development projects, industry trade shows, and design novelties I come across in my day-to-day. Having to stop and upload to my icloud or struggle with my ipad means I'm loosing out on capturing the moment. An external storage drive is the key to communicating visually with my family, friends and clients. 


I just recently discovered XFINITY WiFi is virtually omnipresent. I totally stumbled upon it and now it seems as if I have access to the internet everywhere almost effortlessly. I'd rather pay on my cable bill than be bothered with crowded networks or shotty cellular service. If you're beyond over being cooped up in your hotel room and rather pick up your coffee to go, you may want to consider XFINITY as viable option.