Travel is an uncertainty. The best laid plans can go out the window in an instant and if you travel enough, at some point you’ll probably find yourself waking on a bench somewhere needing to look put together and professional to walk into a meeting … or at the best least to be sanitary and not smelling like you slept on a bench before boarding a flight.
As an in-n-out traveler, who also happens to be really cheap, often choosing to sleep in airports if my time between when I finish what I am doing and my flight is less than 8-to-10 hours away, I have made a considerable effort over the years attempting to not look and smell like I just slept on the floor under a bank of phones in an airport.
So what is the trick for being refreshed after a night of sleeping on a bench due to [insert circumstances here]? Being prepared for it. A simple kit that always travels with you can make all the difference. Now admittedly, not everyone has the same needs, but a small kit that can fit in your backpack or roll-aboard can make all the difference in not job looking refreshed, but actually being refreshed and sanitary.
In my bag I generally keep a well stocked Ziplock that sits in the bottom of my bag, out of the way, with everything else piled on top of it.
In my kit I keep a number of travel sized items, including
– Hand sanitizer
– Febreeze (Trust me … this is essential)
– Lint roller (If you ever find yourself sleeping on the floor you’ll wish you had one)
– Minty gum
– Prepackaged Wash cloths (sometimes you just need to “shower’ while no shower is available)
– Makeup remover towelette (laugh all you want guys, this stuff gets your face very clean)
– Hand lotion
– (Not Shown Is A Small Collapsable Hair Brush)
We can’t always control weather cancelations, mechanical diversions, being stuck on a train for 13 hours longer than planned with the air conditioning turned off … but we can take some control in how we feel and look when we wake up in the morning and need to get into a client’s office or get on another journey to get where we’re headed.
Below is a photo of the kit I keep in my bag.