Maggie Wilderotter
women travel maggie wilderotter
Title: Chairman and CEO
Company: Frontier Communications
On the road: 60% of the year

What's your go-to travel suitcase (or bag)? I use a "travel pro" soft roller bag that has many compartments outside that can be stuffed with small things. It costs $60 on ebags and I buy a new one every 12-18 months.

Two apps you can't travel without? Opentable and UA's flight information app

How do you stay comfortable during long train/plane rides? I have "travel clothes:" comfortable slacks, long sleeved shirt (washable) and a small zip jacket and black flats (shoes) and socks. I carry a little pillow. I get up every hour on the plane and do stretches. I have a cross-country routine where I work for the first 2 hours, then eat, then sleep for an hour going east to west and then have tea and watch a movie or show. The reverse trip just skips the nap. Routines really help in terms of travel comfort.

Advice for combating jet lag? I get on the new time zone immediately once the plane takes off; change my watch, drink lots of water and always do a stretch routine. I take a hot bath before bed. I set two alarms so I don't toss and turn worrying about if I will get up on time. When possible I take a 20-minute power nap on plane rides or right before dinner after working the day. I also do power walks in the airports waiting for flights or layovers. It keeps the circulation going!

Beauty products you never travel without? La Mer skin care; Pantene Age Defying hair products; my favorite perfume -- DIVA; and my trusty make up case with foundation, blush, eye shadow/liner and two lipsticks. Finally La Mer lip balm is the best.

What are you tips for keeping relationships with kids/spouses/partners healthy when you're always on the road? I speak to my husband every night -- no matter where I am. I try to catch him right before he has dinner and usually it's right after I have had dinner; we typically are on 3-hour different time zones -- he is west and I am east. Even when I travel west we stick to this routine or I catch him right before bed. I always spoke to my two boys every night when I traveled all through my career. I found when they were teens they would talk more to me on the phone each night I was away than when I would come home!

What's your favorite airport to kill time in? I loved the United Airlines Denver terminal because for 15 years they had a great women's clothing store where I could do a lot of damage in a half hour! It closed last year so I am still in mourning. I spend most of my time at JFK or SFO -- both have continued to upgrade their services but United JFK has a great first-class lounge so I hang out there for the majority of my time in the airport.


  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated March 22 2013 08:55 AM ET
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