Victor Sanz is creative director of high-end luggage brand Tumi.
How many flights do you take a year?
I take about 40 flights a year.
Any usual equipment you fly with?
I always travel with my design kit, sunglasses, iPhone and music, as well as multiple TUMI pouches and packing cubes.
Any flights in your life that stand out?
Flying has become a bit standardized for me over past few years since I’ve been flying so often. The flights that really stand out are the early ones in my life when I would travel to Spain for the summers, lugging my skateboard and all my art supplies with me. Travel was exciting and new with an adventure awaiting at the end of the flight. In a way, a bit of that still remains.
How do you survive a long haul flight?
I have my routine down at this point. I don’t stress out about cancelations and delays, you just have to roll with the punches sometimes.
I spend the first part of my flight designing and working since it’s quiet and I have time to focus without distractions. Then I will usually watch a movie or documentary if there is something that I haven’t seen. If I sleep, it’s in 3 hour intervals and then I like to get up and walk around to stretch throughout the trip (it’s good to get up and move your body about every three hours). It definitely helps with jetlag and also puts less stress on the body.
Ultimate dream destination and why?
Antarctica – I have always been interested in visiting there as it seems to me to be location that not many get to visit. Visiting all of the continents is on my bucket list so I will get there sooner or later! Additionally, Africa is always inspiring to me.
Indispensable travel gadgets?
Wireless ear buds and TUMI powerbanks. These are a must for anyone on the go!
How could airlines improve inflight service?
I feel airlines should really look to the hospitality industry more and truly understand how customer service is more important than ever. Healthier food options on flights is definitely something I’m always looking for.
Top Travel tips?
- Try not to stress, things happen in travel. Try to be understanding and willing to adjust to situations. Kindness goes a long way!
- Global Entry / TSA pre check definitely helps when traveling.
- Organize your trip, even for when you are in transit, it makes the journey much more enjoyable.
- Bring healthy snacks