A Peek Inside Rachel of TNI’s Carry On

This week we’re looking inside Rachel Wolery’s carry on bag. Rachel is a co-founder of ZipSetGo.com and host of Traveler's Night In twitter events on Thursdays. Tomorrow's is a biggie--in honor of the first TNI anniversary, the topic is Best of TNI and you can enter to win a Mac Book Air. Join in tomorrow 3:30-5 EST on twitter.

Rachel herself is a self-described travel junkie:

Traveling runs in my family, but I didn’t really catch the bug until I hit college and lived abroad three times in four years.  Once I used my passport, I knew it was something that I was going to make a priority in my life. After a short stint working in public relations, my dream job fell into my lap. For the past 3 years I’ve held various roles for a top 25 meeting and incentive company traveling the world. A year ago three of my colleagues and I created the ZipSetGo.com community to share destination knowledge, and help travelers plan travel fast!"

Here's what Rachel travels with: 

I am really into my Cole Haan satchel right now. I love the cross body and shoulder strap, plus there are compartments to keep me organized and plenty of room for an ipad, and a rolled up change of clothes. If I had my way, I would be toting a Vera Wang for Hartmann mobile traveler as well.

What are some of your must have beauty products when you travel? 
Some products that I am really loving right now are Say Yes To Cucumbers wipes, they are hydrating, portable and perfect for planes; I can’t put on makeup without using Clinique Even Better first; Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector for  a little color and shine; aviator sunglasses are my quick fix for tired eyes, and  lastly, a small bottle Miss Cherie Dior perfume for when I get off the plane.

What type of sweater or wrap do you use?

I wear a lot of cardigans during any season. Every woman travels with a wrap–those planes get chilly!  I like to buy mine when I travel. My favorites are my rainbow of cashmere pashminas from the Florence markets, and my heavier Ikat designs from Ecuador.


What music do you like to listen to when traveling?

I love to nap or read listening to Radiohead, Peter Bjorn and John, Aretha Franklin and Regina Spektor. It's such a treat to have time to do nothing but relax and catch up on reading. When it is almost time to land I listen to more upbeat music like MGMT, Pheonix, and hip-hop.

Any recent or fave plane reads?

On the Road by Jack Kerouac is what I am reading now, it’s such a classic I am almost embarrassed to admit that this is my first time reading it! It’s about the author’s cross country adventure, inspiration to get out and travel. As for magazines, I usually pick up Scientific American Mind, psychology is a close favorite behind travel.

Any fave plane snacks?

I always indulge in a soymilk green tea latte at the airport. I am also really enjoying Kind Bars at Starbucks.

Where have you traveled to recently?

I just got back from a ski vacation to Colorado, hitting the slopes at Vail (below), Breckenridge and Beavercreek and relaxing at night. I love the small mountain towns, they look like they belong inside a snow globe. Before that my family and I went on a vacation to Ecuador, getting off the beaten path and exploring the mountains and markets.


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