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Road Warrior Survival Kit . . . and Attitude

Let's face, it traveling sucks, as was the case on our trip from New York to Myanmar, when I passed out in the Hong Kong airport during a 7-hour layover . . . between a 16-hour flight and before a 3-hour flight.

Sure, I enjoy being in a new location for a personal shoot, digital photography workshop or seminar, but the act of traveling – going through security, sitting in an aluminum tube for a long time, and dealing with delays and traffic jams is  close to torture for me.

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Yes, TSA pre-check (random okay) and Global Entry (both of which I have and recommend) help, but there is always some stress and annoyance, including the ubiquitous crying baby or the person sitting next to you who coughs without covering his or her mouth.

When I get to my hotel room, however, all that changes – because in my carry-on I have my Road Warrior Survival Kit, shown in the opening image for this post.

My Road Warrior Survival kit includes:

Escape travel guitar, which plugs into the iRig, a device that hooks up to the iPhone (and iPad). On my iPhone I have a cool guitar app called Amplitube, which offers cool sound effects and even drumbeats for jamming. I plug my Bose headphones into the iRig, and I am in guitar heaven – or back at Woodstock in 1969.

Before or after playing guitar, I exercise, using a set of resistance bands (only one shown). I also walk for at least 45 minutes a day and do 50 prisoner squats.

And although In-and-Out Burger is very tempting, I eat healthy and light, which includes eating at least two apples a day and of course sushi.

Exercising and eating right gives me more energy on the road, as well as a small sense of accomplishment. In fact, when I turned 64 last month, I made being healthy a top priority.

Do you have a Road Warrior Survival Kit? Plan to make one? I'd love to hear from you. Road  Warriors need to stick together.


P.S. The Delicious apple, that I ate while writing this post in my hotel room, was delicious.