Welcome to Out of Office, a series where we ask the experts about the items they never travel without. This time, we spoke with Tim Brown, cofounder of the comfy, customer-loved shoe brand Allbirds.

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From its classic Wool Runners to lightweight, breathable slip-ons, Allbirds has mastered the sporty, sleek, and oh-so-comfortable shoe for both travel and everyday wear. And since Allbirds are a surefire travel essential, we decided to ask the brand's cofounder, Tim Brown, about the other items he never leaves behind when packing for a trip.

Various travel products, bags, shoes
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Brown's essentials include a sleek carry-on bag and his favorite pair of Allbirds, so there are sure to be a few items on this list that you'll want to add to your packing list for your next trip, whenever that may be.

"There are so many challenging things going on for everyone at the moment but for the first time since living in San Francisco, my home country of [New Zealand] feels a long way away so getting back to see family would be the first trip for sure," Brown said of where he plans to travel after the coronavirus pandemic.

Keep reading for Tim Brown's top travel must-haves.

Porter-Yoshida & Co. Tanker 2 Way Helmet Bag

Black nylon tote
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"I have their classic helmet bag as my go to for work and travel. I love the brand and their durability and minimalist design."

To buy: needsupply.com, $471

Paperback Books + Magazines

"I still have Vanity Fair, Time, and the weekend New York Times delivered and these often get saved up for a time when my one- and three-year-olds are not around. I will always have one book with me and the latest is Richard Powers' 'The Overstory.'"

To buy: amazon.com, $12


"I take [a notebook] with me everywhere. Whenever possible I try to avoid using WiFi on flights so I can write, sketch and think and my notebook is my catchall for these (often) jumbled thoughts that I am constantly referring to and reorganizing. I live in constant fear I will leave it on a plane one day!"

Allbirds Dasher Running Shoes

Grey running shoes
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"After two years of work we have just released our first performance running shoe 'The Dasher' that I'm really excited about. One of the things I love to do when [traveling] is exploring the place on a run and they will be perfect for that."

To buy: allbirds.com, $125

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