Travel bag of the week: Coach Peyton Signature Multifunction Baby Bag

April 23, 2014 - One Response

Each week Road Warriorette features a travel bag that hits all of the high notes for ladies on the road: pockets, construction, and (of course!) style.

Coach diaper bag

A baby bag for a travel purse? I know it seems weird, but go with me a moment. The Coach Peyton Signature Baby Bag is the perfect size, has a million pockets, and is waterproof and leakproof. The gray and black logo print is classic (read: does not look like a baby bag) and will match with everything. The kicker: I know two women (neither of whom has babies) who use this for their primary work bag. It comfortably holds their laptop, files, and travel accoutrement with room leftover, and they love it. Available on Amazon for $325.

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Is this rude? Planes, babies and headphones

April 23, 2014 - 16 Responses

Most airlines have a rule: if you’re listening to electronics, you have to wear earphones. This makes sense—you don’t want to kid headphonesdisturb other passengers with your music or movies.

There is another rule for airlines, this one unspoken: do whatever you have to do to keep children from screaming. Food, drinks, books, toys, movies….whatever it takes! The reason is the same: you don’t want to disturb other passengers with crying babies.

Usually these rules work together just fine. I’ve seen kids as young as two with earphones on, watching movies on iPads, eating pretzels, having a great time. But occasionally a child is old enough to be entertained by a movie, but too young to keep headphones on. This happened on one of my recent flights. I was working on a presentation when I thought I heard some music. Assuming it came from a neighbor with headphones and a loud movie, I ignored it for a while. After several minutes, though, I started looking around and saw a family sitting a few rows behind me with a young-ish child (maybe a year and a half?) watching a movie with no headphones.

About a minute later a flight attendant passed by, then backtracked to their row to tell them to turn the sound off. He wasn’t super polite about it—said that he could hear it from five rows up, and there is a rule about headphones. The mother apologized, and immediately turned the sound down. I couldn’t hear it any sound at this point, but the flight attendant continued to give the mother grief until she just turned the sound completely off. The baby immediately started crying. The flight attendant said the child could have sound, but only if he put headphones on. The mother explained that he wouldn’t keep them on. The flight attendant reiterated the sound policy, then walked off.

I kept an eye on the family for the remaining hour of our flight. The baby cried about half the time, with the parents frantically offering various toys, books, and snacks to keep the wailing to a minimum.

Here’s the thing. While I get that there is a policy against sound without headphones, I feel like a crying baby disturbs people way more than intermittent noise from a kid show. To be fair, I am a mother with a toddler not much older than the child from the plane so it’s definitely possible I’m biased. But there is not much worse than being on a plane with a screaming child, and if it takes an episode of Mickey Mouse with a little bit of sound then it’s okay with me. People can’t control much of the noise on a plane—other passengers will talk (sometimes loudly), you can often hear the sounds from the movie your seatmate is watching, someone will fall asleep and snore. The only way to ensure that you are not disturbed by other people is to wear your own headphones, which I recommend.

I also have to say, as a mother and as a passenger, I was bothered by how unapologetic the flight attendant seemed.

Readers, what do you think? Is it more important to enforce the no-sound rule or to keep a baby from crying?

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Business travel news roundup

April 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

Here are a few of the stories that caught my eye in the last week or so….

Readers, anything interesting come across your desk lately?

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Protect your keyboard!

April 22, 2014 - 3 Responses

A few weeks ago, I met a friend to do some brainstorming for a non-profit group we belong to. As she whipped out her Macbook keyboard coverPro, I couldn’t help but notice the lovely blue keyboard. Turns out it was a keyboard protector. Evidently several months ago she was working and spilled a glass of water on her laptop, which destroyed it. When she bought her new one they recommended a cover. Not only does it keep grime off of her keys, it keeps debris and most liquids off of the most important part—the motherboard.

As I remembered the time my water spilled on my Kindle while flying, I knew that I had to have one. The possibility of destroying my eReader was bad enough—I couldn’t imagine doing that to my laptop. The good news is that they are super cheap-usually under $10- and available for most systems. The bad news is that none of the cute blue or rainbow ones are made for my Dell Latitude. I found covers for Sony, Lenovo, Mac, HP, and Dell.

Readers, anyone use a keyboard protector? Which one?

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Beauty Monday: Wear a hydrating mask on a long flight

April 21, 2014 - 2 Responses

Every week Road Warriorette features a beauty tip or product that makes traveling easier. Do you have a favorite? Send it to LieracRoadWarriorette @ gmail.com.

Several months ago I was having lunch with an esthetician friend, who gave me some fabulous advice. Every time I fly internationally my skin is parched when I land. I drink lots of water and moisturize in flight, but I can’t combat the dry airplane air. My friend suggested that at the beginning of my longest flight I massage in a hydrating mask. While it may feel heavy initially, it absorbs into the skin throughout the flight. By the time you land, your skin is dewy, pliant, and most importantly, hydrated. I can’t wait to try this on my next trip to Manila!

When I told the Home Warrior about this tip, he asked me to please request that ladies don’t use colored masks, as they may frighten someone waking up on a long haul flight. Duly noted! This Lierac Soin Eclat Express Moisturizing Mask is designed to be worn for up to 24 hours, was named “Best Face Mask for Dull Skin” by Real Simple, and appears to go on clear.

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Travel etiquette tip: Don’t talk on your phone in a public restroom

April 21, 2014 - 12 Responses

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. To start your week off right, let’s talk about something that we’ve all new phoneexperienced….the bathroom phone conversation. Reader N writes,

I have begun traveling for my job in the last month and I am horrified at the number of women that answer phone calls in the bathroom stalls at the airport.

First, there is usually along line and I don’t think one person, dancing and prancing in that congo line, wants to know how your flight was, flush, flush.  It would make me gag if I was on the other end of that phone call if I realized where you were.  

Secondly, my goodness, I rushed to the restroom for as much privacy as possible. I know if I can hear your relatives bellowing on the phone in the stall next to me on your cell phone, odds are they can hear me. Read more of this article »

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Posts from the past

April 17, 2014 - Leave a Response

What was going on during this week in previous years?

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Getting through airport security

April 17, 2014 - 6 Responses

One of the most stressful parts of air travel for many people is airport security. The lines, the rules, the frayed tempers, the rush, go toobthe fear of doing something wrong… It’s a lot to worry about, especially if you are a new business traveler! Here are a few tips to help you fly through it like a veteran road warrior.

Have your bag organized. When packing the night before, make sure all of the stuff that will need to come out during security is easily accessed. This is generally your laptop and liquids bag, plus your photo ID. All liquids need to be in containers 3.4 oz or less, inside a quart-sized clear plastic bag.

Get prepared in line. Have your ID and boarding pass ready to hand to the TSO before you’re at the front. Go ahead and move anything in your pockets to your bag. And I mean anything! One time I had to undergo additional screening because of a hairband in my pocket. So coins, tissues, candy, etc. (Put it in your bag so you don’t have to pick individual items out of your bin at the end.) The Home Warrior likes to go ahead and take his belt off at this point, but only do this if your pants will stay up without it! Read more of this article »

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Travel bag of the week: Piel Leather Laptop Tote

April 16, 2014 - One Response

Each week Road Warriorette features a travel bag that hits all of the high notes for ladies on the road: pockets, construction, Piel laptop toteand (of course!) style.

Black bags are ubiquitous in the travel world, and for good reason. They go with everything and won’t show dirt. The same benefits extend to dark brown bags, with the added bonus of having something different from the masses. The Piel Leather Laptop Tote in chocolate is a great example of a classic bag with timeless details and elegant styling. It will hold a laptop, plenty of files, and everything you need to get through your trip. Gorgeous!

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High quality, budget-friendly suitcase

April 16, 2014 - 3 Responses

What is a good brand of luggage that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? A reader wrote:Ogio 21 inch

I know you have done a lot of articles on what is the best piece of luggage for frequent travelers out there, but I have a different kind of question about luggage. I’m shopping for my mother for Mother’s Day/her Birthday, and she really doesn’t need one of those high-durability, high-end pieces. She just needs a new piece of luggage that is light so she can fit it into an over-head bin.  It would also be great if it could expand so she could do longer trips with it. She doesn’t travel much, but her luggage right now just makes me cry when I see it. I was hoping to stay under $150? Have you ever come across a piece that would be good for this? Read more of this article »

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