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Three Kits for Getting Work Done in Flight

Illustrations by Gear Patrol

Whether you’re flying from Cleveland to Chicago in coach or Boston to Bangladesh in business, the reality of flying involves cramped quarters, mediocre wi-fi, and floppy tray tables. That doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Here are three setups — tailored to regional, transcontinental and international flights — to maximize your jetset (or weekly airborn slog) efficiency.

Preface: We’ve made a few assumptions here. First, don’t consider this your how-to for a trip to Turks & Caicos or a honeymoon in the Maldives. These kits are centered around productivity, so we’ve tabled some of the style and panache quotient in exchange for utility — not that the two are mutually exclusive. There are plenty of other bags, headphones and laptops out there — you’ve probably already got a few of these items today. We’ve based these kits on a mix of our own experience — we spend fair share of our time aloft — with a goal of spanning platforms and price ranges.

Consider blending the options. A pipeline engineer based out of Atlanta on a regular route to the U.A.E. for contract work will have different needs than an Art Director in New York heading to SF on a month-long design sprint. The same thing goes for a chef, project manager, journalist, photographer or an athlete — say, one flying from Miami back to Cleveland. Their needs are all different, and these should be a blueprint. Tailor yours accordingly.

Wheels up after the next page.

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