Michael Strahan reveals his 7 travel essentials

It’s been 14 years since Michael Strahan retired from the NFL after a 15-year career with the New York Giants. Since then, his professional life has not only taken off, he’s gone in many directions: he’s a commentator on Fox’s NFL Sunday pregame show (co-hosting Thursday Night Football), he was a four-year co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael’ with Kelly Ripa, and now he is morning host of Good Morning America.

In 2015, he also launched his Michael Strahan clothing collection, which he wears almost every day. “Everything in my line is designed for versatility,” he tells CNN Underscored, noting that the Modern Fit crewneck sweater with navy blue triangles is one of his new favorites. “All my tops can take me to meetings, social events, etc. I love them.” He’s also often seen in a collection of straight-leg black jeans that could easily pass for classic pants. “Our denim has the perfect stretch,” he says, which is handy when he’s sitting for hours on a plane or in front of a camera. ( Or, you know, for a quick takeoff to the edge of space with Blue Origin.)

Now, Strahan is also getting into the skincare game for the first time. On Sept. 16, he launched the Michael Strahan Daily Defense line (available at CVS), which consists of five products based on the products he uses every day to protect against dry skin.

CNN Underscored sat down with Strahan, one of the busiest people on television, to get his favorite everyday essentials for when he’s on the road.

Daily moisturizing cream

Strahan’s new skincare line features five products: face wash, shaving lotion, aftershave balm, face and neck moisturizer and beard conditioning oil. He prefers to use all of them as part of his routine, but if he’s on the go, he makes sure to at least use a non-clogging moisturizer with vitamin E and avocado oil. “It’s my secret weapon for looking and feeling my best,” he says. “Especially during football season, which is my busiest.”

A device for work and entertainment

iPad Pro

Because he often travels by plane, train or car, Strahan says he always has his iPad with him to watch content even when he’s on the go. “I love my iPad,” he says. “Not only for work and email, but also for disconnecting from the network and watching movies.” He adds, “A lot of actors come to ‘GMA’ to promote their movies, so I’m lucky that moviegoers get to see them beforehand.”

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A bottle of water

Hydro Flask water bottle

“Good skin care is also about hydration,” says Strahan. “And food too, of course.” He makes sure he gets at least eight glasses of water a day with his portable 32-ounce stainless steel flask. “I always drink a ton of water throughout the day,” he says. “It helps me stay on track.”

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Quality suitcase

GMA and “Friday Night Football” are both filmed in New York (where Strahan has his home base), but he still regularly flies around the country for various morning show segments, football games, or to shoot commercials or other media appearances. “I’m a packing pro now,” he says, noting that he likes the sturdy Away bags. “A quality backpack is very important as I travel every week.”

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A meal replacement bar

Leisurely sit-down dinners aren’t something workaholic Strahan can cook every day. “My schedule is so busy,” he says. “But it’s important to stay persistent. When I can’t sit down to eat, I just eat a Quest bar. They are healthy, so they are always in my bag. Sometimes this is how I go from meeting to meeting.”

Portable charger

Anker portable charger

There are no missed connections here. Strahan says he needs to stay connected for work, which means he won’t go anywhere without his cell phone, laptop and AirPods charger. Anker’s best-selling PowerCore III Elite is thin enough to fit in a pants or jacket pocket and charges in three hours. Then it is enough to charge a mobile phone up to five times. “It’s extremely important that I stay charged for all my work meetings and calls throughout the day,” says Strahan.

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MSX by Michael Strahan Sleeveless Hoodie

Strahan says no always wearing a suit and tie in front of the camera. When he has free time, he prefers to be comfortable and relaxed in sportswear for leisure. “This is definitely my favorite of the NFL line,” he says of this MSX by Michael Strahan sleeveless hoodie. “This is what I wear when I’m watching the games, lounging at home, or sweating it out at the gym.”

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