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GRID-IT Organizer
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The Electronics Organizer. When we’re traveling, especially for work, we’ve got ALL of our electronics with us. We might have 2 phones, an iPad or two, a laptop…the list can go on. And most of them have their own individual wires and chargers. And that is where the brilliance of the GRID-IT organizer comes in. Simple as can be, but oh-so-effective, we wish we had thought of it. It’s basically an 8x12” board covered in rubberized woven bands, so you can store your smaller electronics, adapters, wires and keep them organized. No more searching in the bottom of your bag, no more knotted wires. This will fit in you carry-on luggage and most business bags.
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10/14/2014

How to Pack for a Successful Business Trip

Going on a business trip can have its perks…maybe a nice dinner, and a nice hotel. But it also means making sure you are prepared. Is the work I need to bring or present at the meeting ready? Are there any major work fires I need to put out before I leave? Is everything at home in order? And then, at what often feels like the last minute…what am I packing? It can feel daunting. At the time when you often need to look the most professional, you are trying to squeeze everything into a suitcase. So, let’s start there. If you can, avoid checking a bag. It saves you so much time at the airport, especially if you travel often. And, you avoid the risk of losing your luggage, and having nothing with you for the entire trip. Officially, the FAA says your bag needs to be less than 45 linear inches for carry on. Carry-on guidelines do vary by carrier, though a 22” suitcase usually works.  Spinner wheels really help rolling, especially when you will also have your work bag filled with your laptop and files. We also like to always keep a separate set of travel size toiletries in a clear bag ready to go. Refill them at the end of a trip, if necessary, while it’s still fresh in your mind. This saves so much time and energy remembering if you have everything. Lastly, have a travel bag ready to go with all your chargers and cords you need for your electronics. If you travel often, it is very worthwhile to have an extra set that, like your toiletries, you just keep packed. Oh, and keep a travel umbrella in a pocket of your carry-on bag…you never know. And now, the important stuff (well, to us, anyway)…what are you packing in that bag? Mixing and matching is the key to light packing. We all know this, but that doesn’t always make it easy to execute.

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Tumi - Super Léger International Carry-On Bag
The Ideal Carry-on Bag. If you travel frequently, your suitcase is your best friend. We have 4 requirements: lightweight, durable, holds a lot and easy to identify. This Tumi Voyegeur Super Leger International Carry-on meets them all. It is the lightest suitcase you will ever have. Because it is a soft side nylon bag, you can get a lot in there. That being said, it is surprisingly durable – one particular Mark Shaler has taken this bag on 10 international trips in the last 6 months without a problem. While it comes in a lot of colors, including black, we like the olive green. It’s easy to spot in the overhead or in baggage claim, and has a masculine edge.
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Flight 001 - Clear Carry-On Quart Bag
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Flight 001 - Clear Carry-On Quart Bag
Clear Carry-On Quart Bag
Flight 001
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The Clear Toiletry Case. To quickly get through security, have this quart-size clear toiletry bag from Flight 001 packed. It has an easy zip closure, it's leak proof and TSA approved. We refill our toiletries after each trip, so you know you’ll be ready to go for the next one.
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Lenmar - Meridian Rechargeable Extended Battery Case
The On-the-go Phone Charger. If you are waiting to see if Apple comes out with a new iPhone that doesn’t bend, you want to make sure you iPhone 5 or 5s stays charged and ready-to-go at all times. Phone cases that will charge up your phone have become a lifeline for travelers, and the Lenmar Meridian is one of the best. It is lightweight, comfortable to hold and reasonably priced, and most importantly, gives your phone a full extra charge.
http://www.amazon.com/Accell-D080B-010K-Protector-Charging-Outlets/dp/B00ABC1LFU/
Accell - Travel Surge Protector
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Accell - Travel Surge Protector
Travel Surge Protector
Accell
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The Travel Power Plug. Sitting in an airport trying to charge your phone, tablet, and/or laptop can be a challenge. Arriving at your hotel to find limited wall outlets is another travel headache. This travel device from Accell provides 2 USB charging outlets, 3 conventional 3-prong outlets and a surge protector with a foldable power plug, so it easily fits in your briefcase. As long as you can find one wall outlet, you will be able to charge all your devices without worry.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Milano-Fit-Three-Piece-Houndstooth-1818-Suit/MK00479,default,pd.html
Brooks Brothers - Milano Fit Three-Piece Houndstooth 1818 Suit
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Brooks Brothers - Milano Fit Three-Piece Houndstooth 1818 Suit
Milano Fit Three-Piece Houndstooth 1818 Suit
Brooks Brothers
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The Key Item Suit. This 3-piece charcoal tweed trim fit suit from Brook Brothers supplies a week of different outfits. 1. Wear it as a full vested suit for your important business event. 2. Wear it without the vest for other business meetings throughout the trip. 3. Wear the pants with a navy or charcoal sweater for a business casual look. 4. Wear the vest with jeans and a button down shirt for a casual meeting or dinner. 5. Finally, wear the jacket with charcoal wool dress pants, flat front cotton twill pants or jeans on your travel day. Ask to hang the coat on the flight, so you don’t have to pack it.
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Canali - Classic Fit Herringbone Sport Coat
The Key Item Sport Coat. This grey herringbone sport coat from Canali will effortlessly take you from a business meeting, paired with charcoal dress pants and a shirt and tie, to a casual dinner by changing in to jeans or khaki’s. Finding a versatile fabric, like this Italian wool/cotton/cashmere fabric is the key. It’s soft and rich in color, but neutral so you can match several shirts and pants to it. The fit is modern classic, so it will look great for years.
 

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