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.
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.
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.
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