Ad Age spoke to some of your advertising and communications industry peers to ask them about the weirdest things they bring.
Cindy Gustafson, chief strategy officer, Mindshare North America: Hollywood Fashion Tape. It's small, clear tape you use to hold any piece of fabric in place, including a plunging neckline. The last thing any of us want is a wardrobe malfunction with a client.
Frederic Bonn, executive creative director, iCrossing: I'm never at the festival without my enormous external battery pack. I may look like a total nerd, but I'm always reachable to people on the ground and work back home. I even have a mini version I take out with me to events and parties at night.
Barby Siegel, CEO, Zeno Group: Homemade energy balls ... truly. They are raw and clean to combat the extra eating and festivities. Good for a boost anytime.
Madonna Badger, chief creative officer, Badger & Winters: Blow-up doll. You never know when you are going to need one to protest someone treating women as objects.
Jonah Disend, founder- CEO, Redscout: I'm hosting my birthday fete and packing a lot of white Swatches as gifts.
Corinna Falusi, chief creative officer, Mother New York: I always travel with oatmeal. Who wouldn't? It's the best thing in the middle of the night when you wake up hungry and jet-lagged.
DIY DJ GEAR
Tom Morton, senior VP-strategy, R/GA: A stereo breakout cable. I throw a $10 stereo breakout cable into my bag, so I can hook up a laptop to any venue's mixing console or sound system—and behold, we have the makings of a tolerable DJ set. I've played impromptu sets in bars, beaches and boats, and will play the fifth annual Balearic or Baloney unofficial off-Croisette party.
Jane Lin-Baden, APAC CEO, Isobar: Self-tanning lotion because we will be locked in a dark room for judging. If I don't go back tanned, no one would believe I spent a week at Cannes.
Headshots courtesy of companies; Product images courtesy of brands; Background image: iStock