3OH!3 Pack The Essentials For The Video Music Awards

The guys always carry clothes, music and ... 'The Pocket Reference Guide'?

Ever since their second album, Want, caught on with mainstream audiences, the guys in [artist id="3068464"]3OH!3[/artist] have basically lived on the road. Which means they’ve perfected the art of traveling light.

And with the band nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, they found themselves leaving their hometown of Boulder, Colorado, once again (they were in the U.K. for the Reading and Leeds festivals, by the way). And not only were they nice enough to let us tag along with them from Denver International Airport, they let us in on a few of their packing tips too.

And though the VMAs are a decidedly high-class affair, one-half of the dynamic duo still didn’t stray from his tried-and-true travel technique: He jammed everything into one carry-on bag.

“I always have clothes in carry-on,” Sean Foreman laughed. “I’m a low-maintenance kind of man.”

And buried among his clothes, a handful of other must-haves, including a gigantic book — in this case “House of Leaves,” by Mark Z. Danielewski (“I wanted something thick and very hard to read, so it can put me right to sleep,” Foreman joked) — two pairs of headphones (Beats by Dr. Dre and his custom-fitted set of Ultimate Ears), his laptop and a sketch pad, where he draws comic versions of 3OH!3′s on-the-road exploits.

But by far, his most important piece of luggage is a well-worn copy of “The Pocket Reference Guide.” And though he probably won’t need it on the red carpet of the VMAs, Foreman never leaves home without it.

“This is the man’s guide to everything. You want to know worldwide area codes? The have it. They have it. You wanna know knots and bends? They have it,” he laughed. “If you wanted to know firewood vs. fuel comparison, they have it. You can basically work on a construction site just by having this book.”

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional celebrity presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.