There are a zillion ‘what to pack for a business trip’ articles out there, but I’ve found that most of them are for women attending off-site meetings or working in an industry which involves working on a desk for a length of time. My work includes a lot of running around and standing for long periods of time, so wearing anything remotely uncomfortable or high heels are a big no no for me. Here are some of my tried and tested tips for a smooth business-related trip:
I never check-in my luggage. With smart packing and a little bit of editing, everything you need for a week long business trip can fit into a carry-on. This way, you waste no time checking-in your luggage or waiting near the baggage carousel.
What goes in your handbag
A handbag that fits your laptop (charger goes in the carry-on) is the best investment ever. I carry a roomy tote everywhere. Also helpful are small pouches (or ziploc bags) to compartmentalize your bag. Here’s what I carry in my handbag:
A scarf, because I am always cold on the flight
Laptop in a light sleeve (because I spill stuff all the time)
Phone, charger, and headphones
Wallet, tickets, and documents
A toiletries bag including face cream, eye cream, tooth brush and paste, chap stick, breath mints, vitamins, and painkillers
A book on my iPad to pass time
What goes in your carry-on
A bigger toiletries bag – think everything travel size. I stock up from my local pharmacy and keep this bag in my carry-on permanently. I like to keep a sheet mask in there too, it does wonders when you are jet lagged and exhausted.
Comfortable shoes: I wear my favorite loafers while traveling and pack a pair of black flats
Neutral colors: Dark pants in a stretchy, no wrinkle fabric, and light no wrinkle blouses. This way you can pack more blouses and mix + match.
Outerwear: If you are cold in the office environment or if it’s cold outside, I’d pack two neutral cardigans and a coat (that you can wear while traveling to save space)
One business outfit: I like to pack one dressy outfit for a dinner meeting or something else that comes up. Usually a black sheath dress, pumps, and a statement necklace.
Of course, I travel much less than some of the other globetrotting women I know. Do share some of your valuable tips in the comments below!