Experts Share Their Go-To Business Travel Gear

PHOTO: This smart traveler knows the importance of packing light, as seen at JFK's JetBlue terminal.
Amy Chen

LinkedIn asked 10 travel-industry CEOs, executives and writers: "What do you never leave home without?" From must-have gadgets to versatile accessories, consider these top 10 travel essentials for business travelers.

PHOTO: The Spacepak bag from Flight 001
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Expert Pick #1: Compression bags

"I will do whatever I can avoid to checking a bag. I've fallen in love with nylon compression bags from Flight 001, which condense my clothing and somehow allow me to pack twice the amount. A Spacepak ($46) has both a clean-clothes side and a need-to-be-laundered side. I travel with two all the time — one for my wardrobe and one for workout clothes." -- Ave Bradley, vice president of design, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

PHOTO: Freshly-pressed and boxed shirts from the dry cleaners
Courtesy Hugo Burge
Expert Pick #2: Boxed shirts from the dry cleaners

"This is a simple but transformative travel strategy that makes packing efficient and keeps you looking smart. Best of all, it is part of my travel-light strategy to keep to a carry-on bag only." -- Hugo Burge, CEO of Momondo Group, which operates and

PHOTO: Mophie Juice Pack Plus
Courtesy Mophie
Expert Pick #3: Smartphone battery extender

"If my iPhone 4s battery is used up by 1 p.m., it's almost like my world stops. I've actually left conferences because my battery died. (Sad but true.) I saw someone with the Mophie Juice Pack Plus ($99.95) and immediately bought one. It essentially allows me an extra full charge per day." -- Dennis Owen, vice president marketing Americas for Cathay Pacific

PHOTO: Executive headphones from Beats by Dr. Dre
Courtesy Beats by Dr. Dre
Expert Pick #4: Noise-canceling headphones

"The younger generation of business travelers will gobble up these noise-canceling Executive headphones by Beats by Dr. Dre ($299.95). They are designed for cruising at 35,000 feet — and they are lightweight and comfortable." – John DiScala (aka Johnny Jet), founder,

PHOTO: A versatile black pashmina
John Lewis
Expert Pick #5: Black pashmina

"I get really cold on long flights so I use this John Lewis cashmere-and-silk pashmina (£89) as an extra blanket, as a wrap over evening wear if a venue is air-conditioned, and as a scarf with a coat. Pashminas are really versatile." -- Carolyn Pearson, CEO of & head of commercial systems at EasyJet

PHOTO: A fleece pullover, or a man's version of a pashmina
Expert Pick #6: Fleece pullover

Within three years of hanging up his Wall Street suit to become a full-time travel writer, Lee Abbamonte crossed a milestone: At age 32, he is believed to have become the youngest American to visit every country in the world.

Abbamonte, now 34, typically wears this Oakley Shelf Life fleece ($60) on the plane. "The fleece fits a business or leisure trip equally. It can be worn over a dress shirt or a T-shirt… I no longer travel with a garment bag and the extra clothes and accessories to wear with suits for multiple days. In fact, I never check a bag nowadays." -- Lee Abbamonte, financial adviser-turned-travel writer,

Expert Pick #7: Power adapter

"The outlet adapter from Brookstone ($35.99) rocks because it powers a laptop and two USB devices right out of one hub. I recently field-tested it in Hong Kong and Shanghai. It's an all-star for size and function." -- Christopher Baer, director, Marriott Insight Strategy & Innovation

PHOTO: A pair of well-worn Toms shoes
Expert Pick #8: Slip-on shoes

"These classic canvas Toms ($44) are perfect for travel. They are comfortable, minimalist, and easy to slip on and off for airport security. They also compress when packing. I wear Toms on the plane almost all the time now — but not with a suit. (It can look like you're wearing slippers.) I also have a pair in Hotwire red for special occasions." -- Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group

PHOTO: Sunscreen
Drew Dirschell/Flickr
Expert Pick #9: Sunscreen

"I have super sun-sensitive skin so no matter where I'm traveling, I always make sure I have sunscreen with me. Neutrogena is travel-friendly and affordable. I do put my sunscreen in a plastic baggie inside the bigger plastic bag you have to use for all carry-on items – just in case." -- Karen Schaler, Emmy Award-winning TV correspondent & host of the Travel Therapy series

PHOTO: An array of travel-friendly hand sanitizer
Expert Pick #10: Hand sanitizer

"I never leave home without Purell, especially during flu season. The 1-ounce bottle fits in any bag and ensures that I don't bring germs home to my kids and colleagues." -- Caryn Seidman Becker, chairman & CEO of CLEAR

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