The random pile of junk are the real travel heroes: extra headphones for the free TV I get as a Summit member on Frontier Airlines, Mahogany perfume from Demeter (LOVING I can now get it for $15 at Duane Reade!), Arctic Chill gum, random outdoor kid chapstick, eyedrops and a make up bag of the essentials so I'm always meeting-ready. I never check jewelry, so there are always a few pieces of chic but affordable piecesthe good stuff typically stays at home.
While a carry-on is great, I never know what new treasures I'll find at my destination so I always bring along my telephone-print Jeremy Scott x Longchamp bag from the collection I worked on with him during my time at Cotton Inc. It folds up to a teeny tiny size just in case I find something I can't leave behind.
Reading material is a must, but as much as I want to be one of those productive business travelers, I prefer to zone out in a good read once we hit altitude. I try to keep two on hand. In this case, teen horror fiction with the Replacement, and Everybody Loves Our Town, a series of interviews with 90's icons.
Finally, I always travel with a few key wardrobe items in case my checked luggage is lost or I don't have time to stop at my hotel. 192 Doves, the denim line by Rubin Chapelle, makes the best skinny jeans with a perfect ankle stack. Paired with my favorite knit (no wrinkles) Rag and Bone blazer, I know I'll be dressed appropriately no matter who I run into. They're buried, but the Billy Reid for K-SWISS faded black sneaks are also a must-have, especially for long hikes to grand transport like at DIA. Oh, and lots of extra undies. The 5 for $20 options at Target give Hanky Panky a run for their money.
About the Author: Jillian is the senior lead for the digital division at Turner PR, a travel and active lifestyle PR firm with offices in Denver and NYC. A former full-time New Yorker, she now splits her time between the firm's two offices as well as those of her clients like K-SWISS, Filson and Travaasa. You can get a peek at her hot picks in Gimme Gimme, or follow her @jsmith8143.
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