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Travelling on business with suits, shoes etc

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kolecho, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Generally I check luggage fairly infrequently, but when I do, it's usually fairly cheap stuff (because I don't want my bags to be stolen) LV trunks, etc... are just asking for theft IMO. I have had a lot of success with my tumi stuff, in the late 90s I was flying back and forth from Asia to the US once a week, and they held up quite well.
     
  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I work very hard at never checking, but if I do it is usually on the way home. The airlines usually admit to losing 2-4% of luggage, if you fly more than 200 legs a year, that is a lot. Also, most of the time, I am in a city for 1-2 nights. if the airline loses my bag for 24 hours, by the time it gets in I may be off in the next city, and it could only catch me at home.

    LV and that stuff is wasted, in my opinion. but for $250 you can get a briggs and riley bag, if you are going to use it 5 times, it pays off.
     
  3. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    God help me, that sounds painful.
     
  4. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    It wasn't too fun, I never knew what time it was, etc... but was an interesting time in any case...
     
  5. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I hope you got to at least fly business class, I can't imagine going coach on a 10+ hour trip.

    Jon.
     
  6. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    drzzt,

    I did 48 flights a year for 3 years from India to Israel, hubbing through Frankfurt. and most weeks I'd do another 3-4 legs in india. one day I went into 3 different lounges in Frankfurt ariport looking for somebody, and all 9 of the people on duty in the lounges knew me by name. that was a pretty wild time.


    I've averaged 200 legs a year for 16 years. aside from my period with a large corporation, almost all of my flights have been economy - I've done a few 24 hour flights (2-3 legs) on economy.
     
  7. joseanes

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    I avoid checking bags.

    However, on some international flights (coming back to the US) I have to check bags due to some draconian restrictions some international airports impose.

    One of my bags have been 'upgraded' twice. (the baggage handles break them, then offer me a new/slightly used suitcase, or a miserable payment).

    Given that fact, I preffer to use a not-so-expensive bag if I even think it may have to be checked.
     
  8. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't know how you guys can take it. I flew one time from LA to HK, coach, 16+ hours. I loved Hong Kong, but man, I hated that flight. I think that's when I realized I don't like to travel. Going from the East Cost to London is bad enough, but at least I get to see tailors.
     
  9. globetrotter

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    I would have found another job if I couldn't take it. I was lucky that I don't get jet lagged and I have short legs and sleep very well and handle a variety of the other unpleasantnesses pretty well.

    I find that there are a hell of a lot of people who are in international sales for 2 years, there is almost nobody who sticks around for his whole career.

    but there are benifits - I do most of my shopping on the road, I get to smoke cigars in bars and cafes for part of the month, and I get to see some pretty cool stuff every now and again.
     
  10. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Glaser Designs makes nice bags, thoughtfully designed and well made. Not cheap, but I've used their briefcase since B-school graduation (almost 8 years now), and a few of their carry0on bags. They also have a few knife-pillow-shaped inserts that can hold shirts, etc., so they don't get wrinkled in a half-empty bag. They also make one that fits into my briefcase, so I can use that as the overnight bag.
     
  11. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm 6'4" and have to fold up like a lawn chair, and always get lagged on East-bound flights.
     
  12. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    I know a guy that's been doing it for 35 years, on _very_ long flights.
    He takes coach on principle. How's that for self-punishment?
     
  13. globetrotter

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    (globetrotter @ Feb. 14 2005,10:39) I find that there are a hell of a lot of people who are in international sales for 2 years, there is almost nobody who sticks around for his whole career.
    I know a guy that's been doing it for 35 years, on _very_ long flights. He takes coach on principle. Â How's that for self-punishment?
    it goes something like this - you get paid for what you sell. the more you get in the field, the more you sell. you have a fixed travel budget. so, the more flights you can stretch out of your budget, the more you should take home. but still, yes, huge self punishment.
     
  14. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    (globetrotter @ Feb. 14 2005,13:39) I don't get jet lagged and I have short legs
    I'm 6'4" and have to fold up like a lawn chair, and always get lagged on East-bound flights.
    ouch
     
  15. drizzt3117

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    I primarily flew first class, all those miles helped make it possible and I was upgraded alot, if not, I used miles to upgrade.
     
  16. globetrotter

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    yeah, I worked opposite a consultant from one of the big companies who was working for a large customer of mine in india (one of the large consulting firms actually gave several people on speculation for an unlimited time to my customer thinking that they could get future business out of them, and then didn't get the business) who flew only first class - he earned more than a million miles on LH one year. The most I ever earned in one year was a little more than 500K.
    when I was doing my india runs, I flew business, and since it was the same route, the people at all the airports knew me pretty well and I got a lot of upgrades to first, but I never would pay or use points for upgrades.
     
  17. Kai

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    I will do whatever I can to avoid checking my luggage. I try to go carry-on only for any trip of up to 10 days. I use only garment bags. They seem to wrinkle my clothing less than suitcases. I prefer leather luggage. My Atlas garment bag is huge, and will swallow 4 suits if necessary. My Ghurka garment bag is small, and will barely accommodate 2 suits.
    For anything up to 3 days, I tend to take only one pair of dress shoes and one suit. For 3 day trips, or for trips longer than 4 days, I often supplement the single suit with a navy blazer. I can dress a blazer up or down, so it will work for the business day or the more casual evening. I know that you're not supposed to wear dress shoes more than one day at a time, but I'll risk a bit extra wear and tear on my shoes for a lighter bag. Also, I tend to favor thicker wool socks with my dress shoes, and these help control moisture and extend the life of my shoes, so I figure it's a good trade off.

    For trips of 4-10 days:

    Packed in my Atlas "Lincoln" garment bag:
    2 suits (3 for more than 6 days)
    4 dress shirts (5 if bringing 3 suits)
    3-5 ties
    White linen pocket square
    2-3 silk pocket squares
    1 pair dress shoes
    shorts, t-shirt, 2 pair cotton socks, running shoes
    4 sets of Underwear
    4 pairs of socks
    toiletry kit
    cufflinks

    Worn on the plane:
    Wool pants
    Dress shirt (not French cuff)
    Cashmere sweater or sport coat or navy blazer
    Tie (if wearing sport coat or blazer)
    belt
    Dress shoes
    Watch, wallet, money clip

    For trips of 2-3 days:
    Packed in my Ghurka "Packet" tri-fold garment bag:
    1 suit
    1-2 dress shirts
    1-2 ties
    1-2 pocket squares
    2 sets of Underwear
    2 pairs of socks
    toiletry kit
    cufflinks
    shorts, t-shirt, cotton socks, running shoes

    Worn on the plane:
    Wool pants
    Dress shirt (not French cuff)
    Cashmere sweater or sport coat or navy blazer
    Tie (if wearing navy blazer)
    belt
    Dress shoes
    Watch, wallet, money clip
     
  18. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I refuse to fly in coach for transpacific flights, I learned my lesson on that, I am absolutely ineffective for the 24 hours immediately following my arrival and it's much more cost effective for me to relax in first class and avoid those issues [​IMG]
     
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    I actually haven't done that many transpacific flights, many 4-5. most of the time I go the other way. but I went to Nigeria a few months ago, coach, and that was an experience. and then back from Jo'burg to NY, coach. I had a cramp in my leg that I was worried about after that flight.
     
  20. imageWIS

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    Things I will never do again at an Airports / on an Airplane:

    Purchase candy from any Airport in Mexico (damn you Acapulco.)

    Wear a suit + tie on a flight. Seriously, I'm all for the elegance of the flight in the days of yesteryear but when you are on a jetblue redeye flight at 6:30 am from Ft. Lauderdale to JFK, the most uncomfortable thing you can wear is a suite w/ cutaway shirt and tie

    Wear hard to take off shoes

    Land in San Juan airport

    Taking 3 planes to get to St. Maarten

    What I have learned to do:

    Be early to the airport, its better to be safe than sorry

    Make sure the iPod is fully charged and if it's a long flight, like Miami Int. to Tokyo, carry an extra power pack.

    Try to never check luggage, but if you must, book a direct flight, less chance that the morons will lose your baggage from plane to plane

    Wear good looking, but comfortable clothing; sure a suit looks good, but try sleeping on the 8 hour and 30 minute overnight from Miami to Buenos Aires in a suit.

    Jon.

    Edit: yes of course I like first / business class but I am 22 and if the situation demands, I can go on coach with no problem. To avoid cramping btw, just walk around the plane a few times (don't jump around. Seinfeld reference).
     

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