packing with johs
Flight 001 Brand Pilot Josh gives us a peek inside his Rimowa suitcase as he heads off to Tokyo for an 8-day work trip. Check out what he packed and how he managed to fit a weeks-worth of stuff inside one carry-on trolley and backpack.
Q. What is your luggage of choice?
I always travel with my 20" Aluminum Rimowa Topas. I'm obsessed with products that get better with use. I like how each trip I take adds scuffs and scratches, which adds character to the luggage. It's a good-looking, rugged case that is always in view in my bedroom—my daily reminder to travel more.
open rimowa
Q. What are you bringing with you?
  • 6 Button Up Shirts
  • 5 T-shirts
  • 8 Socks
  • 8 Underwear
  • 1 Sweater
  • 1 Suit
  • 1 pair of shoes
A bunch of toiletries and gadgets too.
Q. Any tip on packing Spacepak?
Always pack to the exact size of the bag, take your time and fold smooth everything out and flat with minimal creases for less ironing. Use the Spacepak packaging (a simple nylon bag) to hold your socks and underwear.
Q. What do you do with toiletries and odds and ends?
I always have my F1 clear carry-on quart bag fully packed in my bathroom at home. It fits my Sonicare toothbrush and mini versions of everything I normally use including toothpaste, floss, shampoo, lotion, shaving cream+brush, razor, pomade.


Q. How do you organize your gadgets for travel?

Grid-it for everything! I have tons of little gadgets, cords, camera essentials etc. I'm constantly changing what is actually in there. Most recently I added a flashlight which has quickly become one of the most useful things in there.
  • 150 business cards (plan on meeting a lot of people)
  • 500gb harddrive
  • 2x 16gb memory cards
  • SD card reader for iPad
  • Square reader
  • 4 in 1 pen
  • Flashlight
  • Heavy brass clip (holds iPhone charger cable on the nightstand so I don't have to find it)
  • Camera cable
  • iCoordination 10ft charging cable
  • iPod shuffle (so I don't have to rely on my iPhone for music)
  • Mini tripod
  • Glif iPhone tripod adapter
  • iPad 2
  • Laser Pointer
  • Flashlight
  • Bottle opener
  • Pocket screwdriver
On me, I have my iPhone in my pocket, my camera on a strap, f1 leather wallet, passport and a key strap.
 on hand
Q. What is your one in-flight must-have?
My girlfriend's ridiculous touristy neck rest. A reminder not to take myself *too* seriously. It's not my style at all but I brought it on a trip once, got made fun of for it and now it's sort of a running joke. People might laugh at me but I'm usually sleeping too comfortably to care.

Q. Any other tips for packing?

Good packing = un-packing. People try to prepare way too much for travel. My suggestion is for everyone to be okay with going a little unprepared. If you need to search for deodorant in Paris, sandals in Costa Rica or a new wardrobe in Tokyo, it's not the end of the world. Finding basic essentials in a new country can be an adventure.


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