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Carry-On: What the D.J. Kaskade Can’t Travel Without


Mr. Raddon spends much of the year on the road.

Emily Berl for The New York Times

Ryan Raddon, the Grammy-nominated dance music D.J. better known as Kaskade, spends at least two-thirds of every year on the road, playing to tens of thousands of people at gigs and festivals around the world. And he does it all with just a carry-on. He recently collaborated with Incase to design a line of travel bags and accessories, but nothing so big it has to be checked.

“I’ve done something like 5,000 shows and six million miles, and I’ve checked a bag maybe two or three times,” Mr. Raddon said. “I’m always concerned about weight since I’m responsible for carrying it around, so everything has to be the smallest it can possibly be.

He usually makes four trips to Asia a year. Tokyo is one his favorite cities. “Every time I go there I feel like I’m transported 10 years into the future; I went in a time machine and I’m living ahead of everybody,” he said. “I’ve probably visited Tokyo 25 times, and I’m always trying new places to stay.”

He also loves returning to Sydney, Australia. “Sydney is cool because I always feel like I walked through the wrong sliding door and into an alternate reality,” he said. “It feels similar to L.A., but the accents, the food, everything is just a little off-kilter. It’s beautiful.”


Ryan Raddon, the dance music D.J. better known as Kaskade, always packs these items when he travels.

Mark Owens for The New York Times

Here is what he packs on every trip:


“For me to really and truly to feel like I’m at home, it’s the small things. When I get to the hotel I like to have my own pair of flip-flops. That’s probably one of the most essential items that I travel with. I wear Locals. I bought them years ago at the ABC store in Hawaii for about $2, and I became a huge fan; they’re insanely light and the most comfortable flip-flop ever. Basically, I plan shows in Hawaii every 18 months and load up on these flip-flops every time I’m out there.”

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