Bag Check

What's in Dawn Drew's Travel Bag?


With over two decades of experience focused on tourism marketing, including a 15 year tenure as the Vice President of National Geographic and Publisher of National Geographic Traveler magazine, and now head of the New York City-based tourism market development consultancy, M.O.S.T.E., Inc., Dawn is no stranger to the ins and outs of stress-free travel. Read our exclusive interview with Dawn to learn her favorite travel items, and what piece from Portmantos is a MUST for at-ease travel!

FAVORITE TRAVEL PIECE: I can’t leave home without my Zero Halliburton Geo Aluminum 3.0 carry-on spinner luggage that I purchased at Portmantos. With its four-wheel base and lightweight signature style aluminum case, this piece offers smooth sailing every step of the way.

FAVORITE TRAVEL ESSENTIAL: A travel sized packet of Clorox wipes. Essential for long flights to developing nations like Ethiopia and Togo.

FAVORITE TRAVEL APP: Hopper. Great for planning my next trip -- I am always in "plan mode."

FAVORITE TRAVEL READING: Novels and stories I have been meaning to read in the New Yorker and the Economist. Preferably digital versions of each. 

FAVORITE MUSIC:  My Spotify playlist "Afrikah" -- it ranges from African influenced music like the Talking Heads Remain in Light album to classic West African folk and jazz to the extreme Ethiopian Jazz.                 

FAVORITE TRAVEL OUTFIT: My flights are generally +9 hours, so I dress for comfort. Favorite travel outfit: Lululemon jogger pants, top, light jacket and flip flops. Flip flops are essential on the plane. 

FAVORITE BEAUTY ESSENTIAL: I have two essentials: Sephora Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes and Kiehl's Skin Tone Correcting Sunscreen.

FAVORITE SNACK ON-THE-GO: Sometimes I would kill for a banana. The places I go have such great bananas!

FAVORITE TRAVEL ENTERTAINMENT: Foreign language and wide-release movies on the plane. I always get to catch up on long flights.

FAVORITE DESTINATION: This is hard. My favorites list is endless -- I LOVE: India (Kerela, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Kolkata, Kashmir), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Lalibela), Kenya (Nairobi, Mombasa, Masai Mara), South Africa (Johannesburg especially), Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Hawaii, Lima, Santa Catarina ....




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