Brad Branson

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So I’m at the airport leaving for another trip to NYC.

Excited, I haven’t been back there since last November.

After doing my taxes again, I’ve tabulated that I’ve been on the road at least 300 days a year for the past 4 years, and with this, my luggage setup has evolved into a minimal, yet luxurious rig. No superfluity, yet it contains everything I need to feel at home anywhere.

So, as a change of pace from all the pick up chatter, I figured I’d break down the system so the next long trip you go on you can pack more efficiently, and maybe add a few things that you didn’t think about prior.

Check out the vid, where I break everything down!



So some things I didn’t mention in the video that are important.

On longer trips, I carry two of the Eagle Creek cubes, one for socks, and one for underwear.

I usually travel with 14 pairs of each, making me able to span about 2 weeks in between visits to the laundromat.

I’ve also increased the number of t shirts I have, trying to travel with about 10, reusing them once or twice, but needing extras especially if I’m working out every few days, and don’t want too much funk in the luggage.

Also, this is the only reason I travel with cologne, full "champagne shower" on day 13 wearing The Excalibur, usually masking the olfactory funk.

I used to travel with an extra pair of jeans, but after 2 years of never using them, I’ve ditched them from the rig, and never looked back.

At the new year, I upgraded to the 24” Briggs and Riley Luggage, prior only using the 20” and going full carry on style.

I literally traveled for 4 months with just a carry on and backpack, but I’ve yet to lose my luggage when I check it (knock on wood) and especially with the priority and free luggage that comes with being an elite flyer, I prefer to go the easy route and just check the larger bag.

I didn’t want to get the super large suitcase, as you have to pull it around cobblestone streets, and stack it in small Euro rooms, so size does matter. Also, anyone still using those old school “Euro Backpacker” bags, that shit is a total waste.

You can never get to anything, you fuck up your back because it’s so heavy, and there’s no way in hell your dress shirts are going to stay pressed.

Unless you plan on doing a hike with your luggage during your trip, go with the standard roller style bag.

Also, by checking the luggage, I'm able to take the liquids like cologne, and nice shampoo/condition/shower gel.  It's the little things that count on the road, and having a nice loufa and shower gel does more than you think for your morale after weeks away from home.

Quality Counts

The cool thing about living out of a suitcase is that if you ever want to purchase something new, you must get rid of something already in the setup.

It creates a very minimalist mentality, where you don’t buy stupid shit.

I’ve used this opportunity to slowly get rid of older crap, and upgrade to only having nice high quality brands. You’ll notice the shirts and electronics are all top notch, but when you are wearing the same shirt a few times a week, you can afford more quality stuff.

Or if I’m wearing the same pants for 300 days in a year, I think I can spend $200 on them…

One of the comments on the video says aspects of my setup aren’t “true minimalist,” and I’d agree.

For the first few years I definitely took a full minimalist approach. But when your LIFE is on the road, and you have other priorities as well, you can compromise a bit.

Hence the NECESSITY for dress shoes if you are hitting up the nightclub circuit. And with the increase in hitting the gym, I’ve added running shoes and protein powder. They don’t take up too much space, and instead of wearing Chuck Taylors to the gym, it’s much safer and a better workout to have true gym kicks.

The protein powder is also super nice if you can’t get a decent meal. Skip dinner and jam a shake instead to keep carbs down.

Lastly, I’m sure guys will notice what I call the “HIV stack,” my supplement set up while traveling.

Now, I like taking the approach to supplements in that they ONLY supplement what I can’t get in my diet. Especially while traveling, it’s not easy to get things like garlic, or fresh berries everyday, so I’ll pop a pill. But if I do get enough sunlight, I won’t take the vitamin D, or if I’m eating curry, I don’t need to take curcumin.

If you want a full list of my supplement regimen, check out

Brad's Diet Masterlist

An older article that explains my full supplement routine, as well as my morning smoothie, which, on the road, I obviously don’t get to enjoy.

But at least I can carry around a few packs of Green Vibrance, and some protein powder (with BCAAs) to boot.

Hit me up with any more questions, or things you think I might be missing.

It’s a constant evolution.

See you sometime in the airport lounge. ;)
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Brad

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And yes, all RSD instructors rock the Magnums.  Get on it...
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 Good article! Travelling like a mofo lately.
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first! well, i said it first. bah!
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4th. boyoyoyoyoyo.

anyway. nice article and a belated happy birthday
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Great
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thx for the video, good stuff!
the socks box is great, have to get something like that too
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 Sweet, like that Eagle Creek stuff. Gonna have to grab myself some.
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You might try putting the protein powder in a bag. Those cans are never all the way full and as you get lower  on the powder it'll take up less room.

I do this for my gym bag as it's pretty small.

And double bag it, as that shit seems to leak through seals like crazy. I used to always smell like chocolate when I was working out.
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All those pills and you still got the sniffles. 
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awesome, was just about to ask you if you could write more about travel. that travel section is the best part about your log.

I'm just about to go travel solo for the first time ever in Europe. I have no idea what the fuck is going to happen but im psyched.
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How do you travel with liquids and pills in your hand laugage on an aeroplane?
From what I'm aware of you can't do that unless your willing it to drink some of it infront of the guards (like baby milk for your child ect..)
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szaka67

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That's a sick amount of pills bro. Don't take them only coz Tyler says so.
Just kidding:)  Could you elaborate a little bit on those pills and tell which one works for what?
I'm in the middle of sorting out my nutrition at the moment.
Love
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 Up in the Air, much?

edit: just noticed the thumbnail. 
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 Mate, who cares?
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cant lie....this was pretty much irrelevant.....how can you give tips of packing bags? lol....but youre still bossin so its motivating if you want to travel
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LOL this is basically Brad's male version of this:

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Julien only has 2 shirts!
BRAD HAS 3! BRAD IS BETTER!

lol
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wtf?
Thanks mom
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 I'd like to know more about your workouts. How do you find gyms on the road?
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So... I watched until I saw Loreal shampoo. Then my brain overloaded.
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Dafuq is up with all those pills, do you realy have AIDS or something? 
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Mr Marley wrote:
Dafuq is up with all those pills, do you realy have AIDS or something? 
look at his face. dude looks healthy as fuck. that's what's up with them.
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 Try the eagle creek vaccuum bags, really compresses sox and boxers down hardcore. I bring two... so then when you take the stank socks off you put them in the other bag and seal it up so it doesn't infect your other clothes with funk.

I like to switch shit up, sometimes for a weekend bootcamp trip commando style I literally just bring a small backpack on the plane, packed tight as fuck. For pure carry on, the backpack zips onto a small rollaway so you dont have to carry it on the back... wheels are essential as brad noted. I can go two weeks with my pure carry-on setup, but if it's going to be longer than that, or I have a lot of shit to bring, or weird shit like a skateboard or presentation equipment, or just want to have more of a home-like setup (w your own shampoo and cologne or whatever) then I bring the big roller duffel, and maybe the carry ons too. With that I can live indefinitely anywhere.

For the true "minimalist" as you mentioned I'd check out Tynan's blog he's the most hardcore dude I know with that shit.
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On a random side dont take that whey protein it all has msg and dead protein. Only use undenatured (non processed) or hemp protein. And w fish oils make sure the ratio of EPA TO DHA is 2:1 or as close as possible. Aside from the health benefits it is indescribable for how sharp it will make u mentally which makes my nutrition post relatable to pickup this making it valid :)
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Turok wrote:
LOL this is basically Brad's male version of this:


Why the Hell are you watching vids like this??

Gay as FUCK!!
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 Quit bitching about free content! Read the title of the article n you know what to expect.. Dicks
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 Dude how the fuck do you get away with bringing a "warehouse" of liquids, gels, powders, and pills in your bag and *not* get MASSIVE shit from the TSA at high security airports like heathrow/LAX/asia etc. ? lol... O_o,
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Male Version: Stuff everything inside a crappy bag.
Ask the maid to iron it for you when you arrive.
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 Magnums!? are all the rsd guys huge or do you guys do it for a particular reason? 
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 - What do girls say when they see a huge cock?
- I don't know.
- Well, I know :)
Use this question to troll your friends.
HeartRate wrote:
What is a magnum?
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Novatoast wrote:
 Dude how the fuck do you get away with bringing a "warehouse" of liquids, gels, powders, and pills in your bag and *not* get MASSIVE shit from the TSA at high security airports like heathrow/LAX/asia etc. ? lol... O_o,
Man, it sure feels good to be white!
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My favorite part was that one bag where it had 2 sides so you could put dirty socks and underware in the other side. That blew my mind.
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 I've heard some people say that it's better to go with a nice hard shell case bag like samsonite because the are lighter and stronger. As an experienced traveler, what's your opinion on this?
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 yeaahh love this kind of videos! I always get exicited when I watch Tynan's gear list every year.. lol
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