The Fundamentals: Moving through places, space and time…

January 25, 2013 by jeff

Welcome to the newest section of boy&joy – The Fundamentals. In this section, we’ll be taking a look at the must haves in our closets that help keep our clothes and wardrobes looking their best. 

For our first post, we take a look at our travel fundamentals.

Tapsilog, here we come! We’re headed to the Philippines! Every January, when New York hits its coldest, we embark on our annual trip to the motherland. We always challenge ourselves with trying to pack more efficiently than the year prior. Sorry for all you East Coasters stuck in the snow! This year, for our two week trip, we’ve each whittled it down to a carry-on and a personal bag. Here’s my in-flight load out:


Sine Qua Non:

  • Rimowa Salsa IATA: Built specifically to IATA standards, the Rimowa Salsa is the perfect size for international carry-on. Paired with Flight 001’s Spacepak, I can easily pack two weeks worth of clothes in this suitcase alone.
  • Duluth Scout Pack: Duluth Packs are made in Minnesota and  have been making rugged bags that are built to last since 1882. The waxed cotton version adds even extra protection against the elements.
  • Books/ Magazines/ reading material – What better companion to have than a good book or an awesome magazine like Inventory Magazine or Monocle?
  • iPad (tablet) + charger – Digital tablets have quickly become the ultimate travel gadgets. Watch movies, read digital books and magazines, or use one of thousands of apps for games and other activities. One of our favorite apps this year is Next Issue. Similar to Netflix but for magazines, Next Issue lets you have access to hundreds of Conde Nast, Hearst, Time and other magazines going back several months. We’ve been saving dozens of magazines to read for this year’s upcoming trip.
  • Headphones – Let’s face it, the headphones that airlines provide just aren’t that great. Find out beforehand what kind of audio jack is used and find an adapter if necessary. Our favorite headphones are the Bose Noise Canceling headphones – they’re strong enough to drown out the wails of a crying baby or two.
  • iPod/ mp3 player – It’s not a terrible idea to have a dedicated music player as they don’t take up much space in a carry-on or purse. Tracks by A Tribe Called Quest or the Pharcyde never stray far from our ears.
  • Laptop + charger – If a tablet just won’t cut it, you can always use a laptop. Be warned, the fold down trays usually aren’t that strong so we recommend you choose a smaller, lighter computer. We like to bring our 11inch Macbook Air for all our blogging needs.
  • Snacks – Most airlines provide snacks for long flights, but it doesn’t hurt to have a couple of small snacks of your own choosing.
  • LED flashlight – It’s always a good idea to have a small flashlight handy in case you drop something under your seat or need to find something in your bag. We recommend a Jetbeam flashlight – it has a strong LED that’s bright enough to get you through any possible blackouts.
  • Zip up sweater or cardigan – No matter where we travel, we always have a favorite hoodie or cardigan to throw on in case it gets too cold. Even if your destination is warm, sometimes airports and flights can get cold from the air-conditioning. This hoodie is made by (you guessed it) Engineered Garments.
  • Hand sanitizer/ disinfecting wipes – Great for keeping your hands feeling fresh and clean

What are your in-flight travel essentials?

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