Baritone Ron Loyd is a savvy dresser and shrewd packer. He suggests:
- Men’s shoes can be very bulky. Buy light or foldable dress shoes so they will take up less space in your luggage.
- When you choose clothes to pack, pick items that color coordinate. All your clothes will go with everything else, including your one or two pair of (size 13!) shoes.
- Insert your dress shoes in an old pair of socks to protect them in your luggage and polish them when you are ready to wear them.
- On travel day, wear shoes you can run in, just in case you have to book it!
- In department stores, men can ask for samples of shaving cream which are great for for travel.
- Use your airline’s apps to check in and link your your boarding pass to Passbook.
- Passbook keeps boarding pass on your lock screen so you can access it at the gate with one swipe. Be sure to also print your boarding passes in case the gate scanner doesn’t work.
- ForScore is a must-have. Ron and I both keep PDFs of all our sheet music in Dropbox and read it on an iPad with ForScore. We both had all our concert rep (and several other scores) in one slim tablet instead of the several books and binders we might have carried in “the old days.”
- Travel light. Pack as little as you can. Traveling light always makes the trip easier.
- Roll your clothes rather than folding them to decrease wrinkles and fit more in less space.
- Stuff your shoes with socks to keep the shoes’ shape.
- Hydrate! Airplane air is very drying, and dehydration is the leading cause of jet lag and general malaise. Don’t drink coffee on the plane, since it is drying. Carry a refillable water bottle so you can get enough water on long flights.
- Sleep as much as you can.
- If you’re unsure if your bag will be too heavy, check in with the Skycaps instead of the ticket counter. They tend to be more lenient. Be sure to give them a nice tip!
Ron’s best tip: the secret armrest button. When on the aisle of an airplane, it can be nice sometimes to raise the armrest. Many plans have a tiny button on the underside of the armrest, near the hinge. Presto! Freedom!