Posted on | October 17, 2011 | No Comments
I am on my third trip to the Windy City this month, and have been giving Chicago furnished apartments a try. This is my first go with extended stay housing, and I must say that the Marriott ExecuStay has been great. After I am done with this leg I may ask the staff to leave my mess untouched. I’m thinking that old shopping bags and sale rags laying around will create that cozy, I’ve-been-here-before, feeling when I return (in another week).
With a few consecutive weeks of travel under my belt I have run into a few snags along the way, so I decided to put together a travel survival kit. To me the big thing is adapting to my surroundings, keeping my routine as intact as possible and enjoying some free time. [Read More...]
#1. Blackbird Vacuum French Press
I don’t care if Juan Valdez himself cryovaced that coffee, it just doesn’t cut it out of the single-serving coffee machine that has been abused since first put into a room. This travel-sized coffee press is great for saving what little flavor is there. Plus, traveling with an old-friend (the cup) helps you transition.
#2. Shout Stain Remover Wipes
The concierge may have an Olympic track star on site, but if your middle name is “El Pigpen” you may need some extra help. I have relied on these wipes countless times, and am still amazed at how well they work.
#3. RCA Component Video Cable
Nothing says R & R like kicking back with your own TV programming. Sure it’s not perfect resolution, but its convenience makes up for it.
#4. Travel App : FourSquare Explore Tab
The big question for me is, what to do during my down time? There are a ton of apps out there to help answer this question, but I really like the speed and accuracy of the FourSquare Explore tab. It lets you know what kind of specials are around and how popular they are.
#5 Travel Slippers
Nothing compliments a few minutes of relaxation like travel slippers. I still rely on these puppies. They are light-weight and cozy.