Austin Grandt

Austin Grandt

Entrepreneur | Chicago | 21 Countries

Austin is the co founder of Export Abroad, a big data startup out of Wisconsin, and Trip Dojo. Before his most recent ventures, Austin worked as a baggage handler with a major US carrier where he learned the ropes of the travel industry. You can now find him scouring travel blogs and travel hacking to travel the world for cheap.

In their bag

Herschel Weekender Bag

Herschel Weekender

I carry the Herschel Weekender because it fits my needs. I tend to pack light and this is a durable bag that can fit enough clothes for a few days trip. I love the shoes pocket because it keeps my dirty shoes away from all of my clothes.

Warm Hoodie

A Warm Hoodie

I mostly dress super casual where I wear a lot of t shirts and jeans. I always make sure to carry at least one hoodie as planes tend to be very cold and you need to dress in layers when traveling. I recently checked my hoodie in my bag from Costa Rica and was stuck in a very cold airport for 3+ hours!


iPhone, Kindle, iPad

I carry ALOT of electronics. I work remotely from my computer most of the time so being connected is key. I sometimes carry a go-pro if I'm headed on vacation, but mainly use my iPhone for work. Anyone who reads a lot should be carrying a kindle. It saves a TON of space and the battery lasts forever.



I always carry Verticalm with me because I can get periodic vertigo. Nothing is worse than being on a plane and feeling sick so I make sure to have a few tablets with me anywhere I go. It can also be a quick substitute for dramamine if you're going on a boat!

Stamped Penny

Stamped Pennies

Me and my girlfriend collect stamped pennies. Yes, the ones you get from ultra touristy areas. It is a small item and we keep a jar of them at our house. I'm not super into souvenirs so it is a great memento to keep from a trip without taking up too much space.

Born for This Book

Currently Pouring Through: Born for This

Born for This is a new book by Chris Guillebeau. I'm a big fan of his and have read a lot of his stuff in the past so when I got my hands on this book, I immediately threw it in my bag. I've currently read it twice and am going through a third time to take notes.