"I always open up my laptop to do work once the plane hits 10,000 feet. But there are still 10 or 20 minutes to kill during takeoff and landing. It's hard to dig into a book, because I can only get through a few pages, and reading hard news can be depressing. So, I started subscribing to The New Yorker about a year ago. I can get through a 12-page story by the time we reach cruising altitude. I usually wind up learning something new. It makes me a little bit smarter," says Andy Dunn co-founder of Bonobos.
COST: $40 for one year (47 issues).
"I love this American Apparel hoody in navy blue. As a standalone piece, it isn't too exciting. But if I'm traveling somewhere cold, I'll wear it under a casual blazer that has a little bit of stretch and pockets deep enough for my wallet, passport, and boarding pass. I call that look The Ben Affleck, because it reminds me of his style. This hoody matches everything, and the French terry material is super comfortable. I usually pair it with a gray blazer," says Dunn.
COST: $51 at American Apparel.
"I love Sprayology's line of homeopathic oral sprays, several of which are great for travel. I keep them in my purse at all times. My go-to spray is Stress Relief, which contains ingredients such as Passionflower and Valerian. It does wonders for me when I'm running around. TravelEase features ingredients such as tobacco (purported to treat dryness of the mouth and nose) and Indian berry (to reduce drowsiness). I also use the Cold + Flu Relief spray to ease cold symptoms on the road," says Stern.
COST: $24 at Sprayology.
"These flip-flops have many lives. They fold up and fit in a small travel pouch, so when I'm traveling, I always keep them in my carry-on bag. I wear them to the airport just for getting through Security, then put on my regular shoes once I reach the gate. The flip-flops are also great when I want to get more comfortable on the plane, especially when my flight is delayed. When I'm on vacation and I go out for a night of dancing, I always put them in my purse in case I want to take off my heels," says Gina Stern founder of d_parture Spa.
COST: $22 at Floc Design.
"I travel about four times a month. These shoes are great for walking around, and they're easy to get off and on for airport security. Besides being practical, they are visually inspiring. I admire how John Varvatos has re-created a sneaker that is part of our fashion iconography," says Jason Pomeranc, co-founder of the Thompson Hotel Group.
COST: $95 at John Varvatos.
"When I travel, I often bring sample pieces to display at trunk shows held at specialty boutiques. This suitcase is large enough to pack the clothes flat instead of folding them. I like the fact that it has a protective hard-side exterior, but it is surprisingly lightweight. It's a very easy, and chic, way to travel with my designs," says fashion designer Lela Rose.
COST: $295 at Brics.