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Next week I set off to cold, snowy Berlin for my real life job. At 27 I have spent the last 4 years traveling several times a year to various countries for my job. While all this has sparked a love for travel it has also made me an expert at crossing an ocean for my job, so today I wanted to share my favorite items that get me there stylishly and professionally.
I am currently coveting this carry on from Mark & Graham. I love the structure, color and fact that this can be considered a personal item. This very well could be my next buisness traveler purchase. Big enough to tote your laptop, in air essentials kit, and a good book! I am currently still using my trusted Lo & Sons OG Bag for my carry-on or a big tote.
A travel wallet is a necessity for business travel. You want to stay organized and look professional. I have had the Aspinal of London classic travel wallet for nearly 3 years and I adore it! It keeps me so organized! Alongside this you always need your business cards in a great card holder – I always turn to Kate Spade for these.
I think the biggest keys to business travel is to make sure you have everything you need to do your job. I need to have my hard drive, laptop, trip information, and chargers with me in my carryon just in case my luggage gets lost. From a personal protection stand point my jewelry always gets packed in my carry-on too. I have an older version of the Henri Bendel jewelry case but love this version as well!
Hey Brunchers! So as you know I went to the lovely and history filled Berlin, Germany last week for the Berlin Film Festival! I had one day at the end of my trip for some good old fashioned tourist fun and wanted to share my way to see Berlin in 1 day. Maybe you to will find yourself on a short trip where you want to pack in as much as possible into one adventurous day!
Wake up call was set for 9:15am. I quickly got ready and headed down for breakfast at the hotel.
By 9:45am I was out the door and walked to Potsdamer Platz to jump on the sight seeing bus.
Now I always make fun of these buses in Los Angeles, but I had a limited amount of time to see the sites and I knew I could hit them all and gain some knowledge with the help of this bus. I did do my research ahead of time and knew where I wanted to get off and explore, and where I wanted to sit and listen.
The first stop for me to jump off was at Checkpoint Charlie.
I knew I wanted to see this historic site but had read that it was a very short stop. I entered the free outdoor exhibit to read on some of the history then headed to the actual sector. I also really wanted to get my passport stamped – so for 5 Euro, the equivalent of Hollywood Boulevard Spiderman at Checkpoint Charlie stamped my passport with the 6 stamps and I left extremely happy with the whole situation.
Back on the bus as soon as possible and I listened as we passed Gendarmenmarkt – which would have been a must stop in December for the Christmas Market, but in February I counted this as a drive by. I also cruised by Alexanderplatz and got off again at Rotes Rathaus, right before Museum Island. They advertise the Aquadom but I wanted to check out the DDR Interactive Museum. I love places that make me feel like a kid and where I can touch things – this museum delivered! This museum covers what everyday life was like in East Berlin. This was a fun, educational, and short museum… exactly what I wanted and would highly recommend! You can even see a East Berlin prison cell…
|East Germany Jail circa the Cold War|
Back onto the big red bus the next stop was Museum Island. If I would have had more time I would have gotten off here too, but I continued onto the Brandenburg Gate. I took a moment for a few selfies and grabbed some Starbucks. It is also good to know that this is where the American Embassy is. It is always smart to have an idea of where your local embassy is when traveling just in case.
|Me in front of the Brandenburg Gate|
After my selfie session and some warming up with Starbucks I walked over to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This is a moving architectural feat with 2,711 stelae.
|The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe|
Underneath the memorial is the “Place of Information” and is not to be missed. Get the audio tour and work through the rooms to discover more about all who were lost during the holocaust. The exhibit open with the quote “It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.” One of the beauties and agonies of travel is you will find yourself in places of unthinkable tragedy, but by being there you are more aware and understanding of the fellow inhabitants of our Earth. Through travel we can explore history and tangibly feel what happened. We can enlighten the future and not repeat the tragedies of the past through these experiences.
Needless to say – I spent a good amount of time at the memorial. In the Place of Information they also house all the known names of the Jewish Holocaust victims. After I finished the exhibit I decided to walk back to Potsdamer Platz.
I had a quick meal at Vapiano and returned to my hotel. Since I had a few more hours until dinner I decided to check out KaDeWe – Berlin’s 7 story department store. It was a quick taxi ride away. Most of the clothes you can find in LA so I did not go crazy shopping but the 6th floor is filled with food delicacies and imports. There are several champagne bars so I stopped for a glass of Moet. It was fun looking at the U.S. imports like Lucky Charms and Budweiser – classy Berlin! This was a fun stop to round out my big tourist day in Berlin.
So that was my world wind day in Berlin. Like I said I wish I had time to see the Museum Island, but another place I am adding to the list is Hackescher Markt in Mitte.
If you have any questions about my day in Berlin comment below!
Packing Your Carry On for A Long Haul Flight
Flying an international flight, or as we frequent travelers call them long hauls, can be a very uncomfortable but necessary situation. You are literally stuck on a plane for 10+ hours and for most of us thats in economy class. One day I will be super cool enough to enjoy a flat lie bed, but today is not that day, and I am going to be thankful that I am off seeing the world and got the extra leg room seat.
Now – your carry-on suitcase for your flight is your life line to surviving the flight and getting to your final destination in one piece. So lets get technical for one second. You get to bring two bags with you on a plane… your carry on and a personal item. Your carry on dimensions should be 22″ long x 14″ wide x 9″ tall or 115cm (56 x 36 x 23 cm). Your personal item can be something like a briefcase or purse.
For my carry-on I use the Kate Spade Saturday Large Weekender Bag (seen above). I like this bag because it has a shoe compartment, outer pocket, and nice pockets on the inside. Since this is a canvas bag I put a good coat of Scotch Guard on it before using. The carry-on bag I have been lusting after is the Lo & Sons Large OMG Travel Bag. Again both these bags have the shoe compartment which is a must! Both can also go under your seats – which is why I go with these bags over a traditional roller bag… No one wants to be getting things out of that mid flight.
Now what you put in your carry-on is the real game changer. Below is everything I put in my carry-on. I know, I know… it looks like a lot. But in the long run it is just the right amount.
I have got all the necessities:
- Passport & Flight Documents
- Laptop and iPad (for work and back up entertainment)
- Chargers and Adapters
- Guide Book
- Notebook, planner, and comic book
- 2x Back Up Outfits (1 dress and leggings and tee)
- Extra Shoes
- Foot Duvets & Compression Socks
- All my inflight necessities
- Valuables (jewelry)
- Super Comfy Sweater – Mine is the Nasty Gal Dot Com Fuzzy Cardigan
- Missing from photo: headphones & eyemask
A few things I recommend. I love the Restoration Hardware Foot Duvets for flying. They have soles so you can wear to the bathroom and are fur lined so they keep my feet extra warm. Plus they are on sale now for $9.99. Since I am totally type A I also applied Scotch Guard to these as well.
My In Flight Necessities
These little guys are the most important because they are your key for surviving the flight, any layover, and not looking like death upon arrival.
These end up in three separate bags. My charger bag, TSA liquids bag, and medicine bag.
Lets break down what I keep in each bag and how I use it…
Medicine & Solids: This bag (Shop Bando Peek Bag) has my All Day Pain Relief, Sleep Aids, and Allergy Pills. Always have some kind of Advil or Aleve on a plane with you… I injured my tailbone in high school and these long flights always have me feeling like a 90 year old. I just cannot sit on my but for that long. Sleep aids are a very sticky subject. Personally I do take an OTC sleep aid (think Unisom) for long flights. My biggest tip: do NOT take any sleep aid or relaxant until you are in the air. The last thing you want is to have to change planes or gates all dopped out. Adjust your sleep aids for how long you will be in the air. Half a pill does work. I bring allergy pills because I am allergic to nature.
In this bag I also have my powder, chapstick and Berroca. Berroca is the European version on Air Born… I swear by plopping on of them with your in flight breakfast for an energy boost and to help evade jet lag.
TSA Liquids: Please note I do not have a cute case for this bag. I have the clear TSA version from The Container Store. Each country is stricter about different rules than others, to play it safe when traveling internationally just follow them all to the letter. In this bag I have some face wash, a small bottle of perfume, anti bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, mouth wash, emergency pain reliever, and facial moisturizer. This bag stays packed all year and I check it before a trip to see what needs to be replenished. I love Birchbox for all the samples you get that are perfect for your 3oz bag. This is where I get my trial sized cosmetics like CC cream and small mascaras to keep in my bag for touch-ups or completely re-doing my makeup before my final destination.
My tip for this is to bring Wet Wipes. You can use them to wipe down your tray table, your hands, or your body after a long flight. Hell you can even use them on your face in a pinch. It should be worth noting this is not all my toiletries. I pack a traditional toiletries bag in my checked luggage.
Chargers & Adapters: Most seats now have a USB charger so you will kick yourself if you don’t bring your cords with you in flight. I also have my adapters handy for when you need to charge in your layover. Remember if you are having a layover in London and flying onto France or Germany you will need a UK adapter as well. I have a wonderful 5 port USB charger that comes with all the needed adapters and it goes with me everywhere. I am never without a way to charge in any country.
I also keep an external battery charged in this bag in case of emergencies. I love the Henri Bendle dop bags for this. Yes they are for guys but I won’t tell if you don’t. This canvas bag also got hit with some Scotch Guard – cause apparently I am nuts.
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Hey Brunchers! I am off to Berlin…
I have some really fun posts lined up for your enjoyment and starting my travel series BWB Travels!
Hope you enjoy and see you when I get back… then off to run the Princess Half Marathon!
Until then find me on instagram: BadWolfBrunch