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Boss Travel Tips

Cindy Rangel

Travel light, travel like a boss.

Travel light, travel like a boss.

How to travel like a boss this summer!

Here are the TOP 15 WAYS to travel like no other.

There are numerous ways to NOT travel like a boss but I am here to help you travel light, travel smart and travel well like a great boss you know you are anywhere in the world.

Let’s get started with our top 15 ways to travel like a boss:

It’s true.  I have over packed and I’ve been annoyed but who wants to be annoyed on a vacation or while you are traveling for conference? It doesn’t have to be this way.  In this post we will focus on 3 main things:


A)    Carry on roller suitcase/back pack

B)    Essentials

C)    Luxuries


We all travel and we have places to go and people to see in given time. We want to make our journey as smooth as possible.  We don’t have time to waste or at least take those extra minutes and make use of it.  Let’s face it.  Traveling can be exhausting but it doesn’t have to be taxing on the soul.  I am here to give the best tips possible to enjoy your trip.


1)    Brilliant decider: Decide what are things you are going to categorize what with your a) back pack & b) carry-on roller, with essentials and luxuries. It’s a bit tedious but preparation is key to making sure you are taken care of in case the airline staff is busy and you need some pronto things like a blanket when you take off and it is suddenly freezing on the plane. These days it’s best to be prepared with your essentials and luxuries at your fingertips.


2)    Minimize like a boss: Once you make the list revise your list and take one item off your list. What? Yes, take one off your list.  Trust me when I tell you I have over packed for the 14-hour flight and 85% of time I did NOT use all the things.    It’s annoying and it’s heavy to carry around large airports.  If you don’t need one item, then leave it. Plus, you can bring something back from your travel destination if you prefer that option.


3)    Functionality now: I have a carry-on roller suitcase that’s light weight and 20 inches or less in height, a backpack that’s functional but can fit your technology such as a laptop or iPad and tech essentials.  Your essentials list may include:  personal belongings to hold any TSA approved liquids such toiletries, magazines/books, (women) makeup small tote and moisturizer, and other soothing things like your water bottle, mints, or eye mask.


4)    Think Like Boss: Another tip to packing like a boss is to just think in threes.  It’s the magic number. It can be three colors, shirts, pants, dress/skirts, shoes or leisurewear.   Then consider your events for the travel occasion like you do when you always pack. Again, categorize your events in you guessed it, three ways.  Finally, take one item off your list from one of the categories of a top or bottom.  Yes, consider your travel pieces versatile and add an accessory like a scarf that or jewelry to make packing light.  Summer may mean pack your swim suit or your wet suit but it doesn’t have to be bulky either.  Consider renting whatever you think you are packing for your event.


5)    Back to the backpack: The backpack you choose whether it’s an expensive one for photographers or a minimalist for your international globe trotter needs can be the most important piece of travel luggage.  This is the make or break item for your travels.  Choose one that fits your travel purpose or even better choose one that will be versatile.  Patagonia has backpacks made from recycled polyester.



6)    Food and water 101:  Make sure you stay hydrated right before take-off and when you are getting off the plane. Hydrate right before you land in case you do your business when you are waiting to get off the plane.  Also, I find high quality nuts or granola bars are helpful snacks that will satisfy your hunger cravings during your trips.  Some people like to have a good breakfast and it can be valuable when you are crossing time zones.  Water bottles? Check out: Swell out in different sizes I like the RePET utensil set in case you need a quick bite from your home or a snack like yogurt.


7)    Security & TSA 101: Did you know you can apply for a TSA pre-check and you can skip the long line when you go through TSA security?  This TSA pre-check cost $85 for 5- year membership and you cut the annoying line with online paid fee and background check before your flight.  Hello! Skip the boring line and you are at your boarding gate.  Another tip is getting a global entry access to any country when you arrive to your destination.  It’s great because it’s a time saver and it costs about $100.


8)    Pack tip: Roll your clothes into your carry-on suitcase, do NOT fold.  I repeat, do NOT fold your clothes because it takes us too much space.  I know it sounds like a boy-scout approach but trust me you will be happier with more space for a special gift.  If you are worried about clothes that wrinkle easily place them at bottom and leave the out so you can fold them over at the top of your clothes when finished packing. 


9)    Back to the toiletries: Forget the following: big bottles of everything. STOP and No. Find your 5 must haves again here and pick from three out of the five senses: natural facial travel sets such as Lola & Jane travel companions woman business owned, vegan and made in San Diego.



10) Back to the tech compartment:  Buy a noise canceling headphones for your trip.  Check this Sony headphones that’s an inexpensive option.   Otherwise you can go with earplugs to travel along with the noise canceling headphones. Sounds super nerdy but it works if you need complete silence to rest well. We all know rest is key to traveling smoothly to transition to your vacation, conference, or event. Also, organizing all your tech tools in one component of your backpack is key to your sanity especially if you are presenting at a conference or attending one.


11) Laptop security: Make sure you invest in a laptop sleeve so if you are moving your belongings frequently.  If your computer falls, you are not saying prayer that your precious tool is not damaged. Find one that can protect it from falling is a better option.   Less to worry about on the trip. You can pack the additional technology pieces such as portable battery charger, USB, and iPad.


12) Secret to Boarding: Finally, you are at the gate and you want to board quickly but you have the last boarding groups.  If you are bold enough, you can approach a first group passenger and ask them to let you be their “boarding companion.” Then, when you board the gate, this passenger can tell the staff you are their companion.  This can allow you to go on as their companion without necessarily having the same boarding group.  Some airlines allow for this but others do not.  It helps especially since you want to be able to place your baggage above your seating area.  Again, you want to keep your luggage with you to avoid the baggage claim area.   


13) Locks: Some travelers need added security when leaving things unattended and suggested locks for your belongings can include: Rugged canvas backpack for your camera and laptop. Also you can get a 3 dial cable lock that’s TSA approved for securing your belongings. 


14) Layering: Whether it’s a warm or cold climate you think of layer clothing and back to basics staple apparel such as tank tops, shirts and perhaps 2 basic pants.  If you are attending a conference or hiking a mountain, layers can easily so you can go from one setting to another.  I usually think of tops versus bottoms and if those combinations get too numerous I pack a versatile dress that can solve your problems in no time.  When you pack your shoes, it can be the same approach: think versatile.


15) Things to NOT forget for your carry-on: Trtl sleep scarf, your anker power cord , reusable wipes w/ gentle rose water for longer trips, lightweight cardigan, snacks, iPad, headphones for reading and any other essentials for take-off and landing time. 



That’s it! What are your essentials? Have you tried boarding like I suggested? What’s the best tip you have seen or done on your travel journey? Which tip flopped?


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