Jessica Herrin
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Title: Founder and CEO
Company: Stella and Dot
On the road: 6-7 weeks a year

What's your go-to travel suitcase (or bag)? I'm a minimalist that likes to avoid checking at all costs. So I need two bags that carry it all -- The Stella & Dot Switch Bag is my perfect carry on tote and the basic black Samsonite roller bag that calls attention to the 'many bags look alike' warnings. I've often grabbed the wrong one when a gate check bag comes up.

Two apps you can't travel without? Evernote, to capture any inspired thought that comes from a customer or from the world around me, and Facebook.

How do you stay comfortable during long train/plane rides? Flying is a great uninterrupted way for me to focus on work, so my comfort comes from being sure my devices are charged and chargeable and I've got great music to listen to. Other than that, a wrap to keep me warm and a paperback or paper so I'm not idle during those tortuous 15 minutes of no electronics.

Advice for combating jet lag? Honestly? Coffee and Ambien. Plus, I try to mentally only acknowledge the time zone I am in and get outside to take in the sun if my body still thinks its the middle of the night.

Beauty products you never travel without? Bobbi Brown BB cream -- I love all in one. Lancome Definicils Mascara and Nars or Buxom lip gloss.

What are your tips for keeping relationships with kids/spouses/partners healthy when you're always on the road? Skype and FaceTime are magic! We read bedtime stories together. My husband will even put me on Skype in the girls room and I gently nudge them along to get ready for school while he's in the shower. I'm in my hotel room working and simply shout out thinks like "hey - you can't wear those shoes" and "ok, go brush your teeth!" I also power pack my trips and get home to them as soon as I can.

What's your favorite airport to kill time in? Even though it's my home base, I love Terminal 2 at SFO. Any extra time, and there are plenty of power outlets, great food, and a place to get a mani-pedi or massage. They even have a yoga room. I've never been it, of course, but it still makes me laugh walking by. So California, the home state I love.


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