Milk Street Editorial Director J.M. Hirsch spends as much time overseas and on planes as he does at his desk. So as we head into vacation season, we asked him to share the top five items he won’t travel without. He packs light, so he makes very wise choices. See below for his travel essentials and gear up for summer travel by following #MilkStreetontheRoad for inspiration.

Dr. Martens Chukka Boot

“When I eat my way through a city for Milk Street, I walk an average of 12 to 14 miles a day. I need comfortable shoes that can go from grit and grime to fine dining. These Docs are amazing. Inside, they are soft as slippers. Outside, they are rugged, yet refined.”

Anker PowerCore II Slim 10000 Power Bank

“I kill my iPhone X battery sometimes twice a day when I’m on the road. The lightweight Anker backup battery can juice it up multiple times in a flash.”

Travelsox Compression Socks

“Compression socks are one of the least glamorous sides of long haul travel, but they are essential. Travelsox combine support, comfort and a style that works with jeans or dress pants.”

Nomatic 40-Liter Travel Bag

“I spend so much time traveling, I obsess over my luggage. I also refuse to check it. I love the carry-on Nomatic bag because it was designed not just to hold things, but as a system that holds things in smart ways. Plenty of bags have pockets and compartments, but the ones on Nomatic bags actually make sense and work together to keep you organized.”

Scaramanga Leather Messenger Bag

“When I’m exploring cities and markets, a day bag is essential. But it has to be highly functional. I need my hands free for taking notes and shoving food in my mouth. But I also need quick, one-handed access to the bag, so a backpack won’t work. Scaramanga messenger bags are perfect. Stylish, functional and nearly indestructible.”

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