I am on my way to Germany for a couple of events – HyBerlin (in Berlin) and then to DLD in Munich – and as I wait in the airport to board my flight, I started thinking about how my travel behavior has changed in last few months. I spent a lot of my time in planes in 2012 and realized that I spent way too much time at the airports waiting for my Rimowa suitcase that while sturdy, was too big and needed to be checked in. The reason I had a biggish suitcase was because I tended to carry a set of clothes for every day I was traveling. Matt Mullenweg who probably lives and work on a plan said that I was doing it all wrong.
The trick is to go light and stick to a carry on. His suggestion – only carry three sets of clothes. Add one sweater, one nano-puff jacket from Patagonia and one outer jacket depending on the weather conductions – a raincoat in non-winter months and a heavier coat in winter. I took and tweaked his suggestions: I carry two extra-pairs of socks and one set of undergarments and pack them as an emergency kit. I carry a white shirt and two darker shirts.I wear a pair of dark jeans and carry an extra-one in the bag. That’s it. The biggest thing in my bag: a dopp-kit. I still carry two sets of shoes – my beloved Chelsea boots by Church (over 250,000 flying miles) and a pair of loafers that are easy to wear and take off when going through security. All of this can be packed into a roll-on duffel I bought recently and now I travel light.
Oh okay.. That’s my boarding call. Gotta go!