by Loren G. Edelstein | August 01, 2017
Our August Research column ("Key Strategy: Comfy Shoes") was all about road warriors' creature comforts, from clothing to snacks to hotel amenities. What follows is a selection of other findings and verbatim responses garnered by our poll.

Do you have a favorite shoe brand(s) for trade shows or conferences? If so, what are they?
• Rockport
• New Balance
• Clarks, all the way!
• Carter, Sketchers,
• Born for show, Moxie (with steel toes) for setting up
• Dr. Scholl's
• Brighton, Anne Klein Iflex, Naturalizer.
• Hush Puppies
• Easy Spirit
• Birkenstock
• London Fly
• Dansko, Joseph Seibel
• Naot sandals for six months of the year, Munro or Anne Klein flats for the other six months
• Florsheim
• Aldo
• Munro
• Clarks or Ryka
• Greats
• Cole Hann
• Bostonian, Clarks
• Dansko
• Vionic
• Tory Burch
• Johnson & Murphy
• Frye shoes
• Skechers' sneakers or anything from The Walking Company
• Ahnu
• Required to wear sponsor brand

Do you have favorite types/brands of clothing that you wear for travel?
• Yes: 39%
• No: 61%

What are your favorite types/brands of clothing to wear for travel? 
• Light shirts and light pants
• Pants and tops that are interchangeable for more choices.
• Columbia Sportswear
• Institution-provided shirts
• Cutter & Buck
• No-iron blacks and grays
• Reversible jackets; dark colors
• Anything that is wrinkle-free and doesn't need ironing
• Loft
• Tie, sports jacket
• Elastic-waist slacks
• Low-wrinkle, easy to pack, versatile (goes with different outfits and can be dressed up or down)
• I try to be at least as equally well-dressed as the most well-dressed person I expect at the trade show/meeting/event. If I expect most to wear shorts and sneakers, I'll wear casual business; if I expect most to be in shirtsleeves/skirts, I'll wear an open sport jacket.
• Jeans
• Layers!
• Buy from a travel store or travel catalog out of San Francisco
• Chico's and Citiknits
• Talbots
• J. Jill Wearever Collection
• Old Navy; New York & Company
• Sneakers. I ship the heavy work boots and dress shoes to hotel
• Lands End no-wrinkle suit
• Chico's or Cabi
• Yoga pants with a light sweater and Pashmina to keep the chill off
• Travel Collection by Boston Proper
• JCPenny
• Calvin Klein
• Eileen Fisher
• Port Authority polo shirts with our logo on it
• No specific brand, but I dress for comfort and ease of movement
• Active wear, such as sweatsuits
• Required to wear sponsor brand
• Dress slacks with elastic waistbands
• Comfortable, always with pockets, separates
• Flat, open-toe shoes, double-wide.
• Comfortable and loose
• Worthington, business professional with style
• I wear dark clothes (no meeting planner should stand out in a crowd), and usually knits or clothes with some elasticity. When you get dressed before 6 a.m. and going until nearly midnight, you need to be comfortable and unwrinkled.
• Jeans, button-up sleeveless shirt and cardigan
• Comfy

What do you prefer to do for breakfast while on the road?
• Coffee shop/grab-and-go: 31%
• On- or off-site restaurant: 29%
• Continental breakfast at meeting: 14%
• Room service: 11%
• Seated breakfast at meeting: 8%
• I travel with my own breakfast items: 5%
• I don't eat breakfast;  2%

Do you travel with snacks?
• Yes: 78%
• No: 22%
 
If yes, for what reasons? (select all that apply)
• Cost saving: 31%
• Convenience: 80%
• Diet/health: 57%
• Preference: 34%

What are your favorite snacks to take while traveling?
• Power Bars
• Fresh fruit, chips, cookies
• Granola bars
• Nuts
• Almonds, beef jerky
• Sargento Balanced Breaks, Gummi Bears,water, chips.
• Peanut butter crackers, candy bars, jerky
• Yogurt Raisins
• Wine/cheese
• Fruit, Zone Perfect Bars
• Protein bars for the flight in case of delays.
• Oatmeal, pretzels, cereal
• Cheese, fruit, trail mix
• Granola bars, dried fruit and apple sauce
• Iced tea (bottles)
• Nuts, sugar-free chocolate/cookies
• Dried fruit, almonds, fruit strips and a dash of chocolate
• Granola bars and red licorice
• Kind Nut Bars
• Raw almonds (fir protein), peanut butter packets
• Jerky, raw nuts, sesame sticks
• Cheerios, cashews
• Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Butter Cookies (in case of motion sickness)
• Coke and a chocolate bar
• Larabars, apples, almonds
• Fruit -- NOT DRIED (too many calories)
• Popcorn, carrots

What is extremely important to you when staying in a hotel? 
• In-room safe
• Full-length mirror
• It's important to have good lighting for reading and also in the bathroom!
• Good lighting in the bathroom to apply makeup (which there seldom is!) because when you're getting ready at 5a.m., it's not light out yet
• Large, modern shower
• Security and privacy (not the same thing!)
• When my privacy note is on my door, housekeeping should not knock and ask if I need any housekeeping.
• Free Internet
• No fragrance! Impossible to get these days
• Microwave oven
• Radio
• Pillows that are not too hard
• Good counter space in bathroom
• Ability to sleep with the curtains open with no one able to see in from the outside
• Good location to run from/around
• Nice view, especially when traveling for leisure; on business I am generally out of my room early and return late
• Professional and amiable staff
• Good room layout and furnishings (bed, desk, closet)
• Coffee maker
• Proximity to meeting space
• Plenty of hangers!
• A clean remote!

Do you typically place your belongings in the hotel dresser drawers?
• Never: 23%
• Rarely: 28%
• Often: 28%
• Always: 21%

Do you typically exercise when on the road?
• Yes, every day: 4%
• Yes, as often as my schedule allows: 33%
• I bring workout gear but rarely use it: 25%
• No, I don't plan on exercising: 38%

Who/what do you miss a lot when you travel?
• Large bathroom
• Being able to have coffee (caffeine) as soon as I get out of the shower. 
• Freedom of schedule, the ability to sleep in, home-based leisure activities, getting business work accomplished
• Casual clothes
• Office equipment
• Comforts of home
• Local newspapers
• My leather La-Z-Boy chair
• My sister
• My Tempur-Pedic pillow!
• Home-cooked meals with fresh vegetables. And sleep.
• No one -- they all take care of themselves