Experts Share Their Go-To Business Travel Gear

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

intro: 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.

quicklist: 1 title:Expert Pick #1: Compression bags text:"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 media: 18687121

quicklist: 2 title: Expert Pick #2: Boxed shirts from the dry cleaners text:"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 Cheapflights.com and Momondo.com media: 18686955

quicklist: 3 title: Expert Pick #3: Smartphone battery extender text: "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 media: 18687161

quicklist: 4 title: Expert Pick #4: Noise-canceling headphones text:"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, JohnnyJet.com media: 18687059

quicklist: 5 title: Expert Pick #5: Black pashmina text: "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 Maiden-Voyage.com & head of commercial systems at EasyJet media: 18687149

quicklist: 6 title: Expert Pick #6: Fleece pullover text: 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, www.leeabbamonte.com media: 18687224

quicklist: 7 title: Expert Pick #7: Power adapter text:"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 media: 18686991

quicklist: 8 title: Expert Pick #8: Slip-on shoes text: "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 media: 18687234

quicklist: 9 title: Expert Pick #9: Sunscreen text:"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 media: 18687192

quicklist: 10 title: Expert Pick #10: Hand sanitizer text: "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 media: 18687135

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