2015 May issue of Bon Appetit

In-Flight Travel Essentials That Keep Andrew Knowlton Sane


2015 May edition of Bon Appetit

Air travel isn’t easy these days. Restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton does a lot of it, for restaurant scouting and food events like Expo Milano. These are the travel essentials that keep him sane and comfortable during his frequent travels.

Andrew Knowlton, The Foodist, In-Flight edition featuring Tsuki-Usagi enamelware mug.

10:20 P.M. Takeoff from New York

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The only things I bring to my seat are my MacBook Air and the Baggu Small 3D Zip Bag ($8), which holds everything I’ll need for the flight. My duffel bag goes in the overhead bin.

Kick off with a cocktail using Scrappy’s bitters ($22 for four .5 oz. bottles). My Tsuki-Usagi enamelware mug ($28) beats flimsy plastic any day.


Tsuki Usagi Jirushi Slim Mug collection

I believe in the immunity-boosting powers of zinc. The not-too-sweetelderberry-flavored lozenges from Zand ($2 for 15) give me hope even when the whole row behind me is sneezing.

Every flight demands a good soundtrack. I like to zone out with a few regulars: The Meters, Guru, and Cannonball Adderley.

I generally pass on “the pasta.” Instead, I’ve got Olympia Provisions Pepperettes mini sausages ($5 for three links) for a portable porky snack.

Most hand sanitizers smell like a doctor’s office. Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash ($10 for 1.7 oz.), on the other hand, has hints of mandarin and cedar.

I could sleep through bright lights and crying babies with my Morihata binchotan eye mask ($24) and Mack’s silicone earplugs ($5 for eight pairs).

When I wake up, I reach for TheraTears Liquid Gel ($11 for 1 oz.). A few drops and it’s like I have a new set of eyeballs.

In case genius strikes in your sleep, you should always have a pen on hand. My current crush is the Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen ($78).

I somehow stopped losing lip balms once I discovered Yu-Be Lip Therapy ($5), containing aloe vera and shea butter.

My mom used to dab Vicks VapoRub under my nose, but if I don’t want to feel like a kid with a cold during the descent, I use an Olbas Inhaler ($5).

12:15 P.M. Touchdown in Milano


In-Flight Travel Essentials That Keep Andrew Knowlton Sane. Credit: Danny Kim


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