Packing for business travel is very different than leisure. With leisure, you are forewarned, have plenty of time, and have a good idea on what you’ll be doing. Business is much harder because you have minimal time to prepare, may have surprise occasions come up, and the clothes in general are harder to pack. Here’ we’ve divided your packing into 3 bags and included some essentials to include in each.
The Garment Bag
Perhaps the most important, this makes sure your suits and other formal garments won’t be wrinkled.
Put in at least one good suit, maybe more if you are going to be there for a good length of time. Brown for day and black for night is a good option. If you are not skilled with the iron, it is best to also put any dress shirts in this bag. Bring a simple white, one you can wear alone with a nice pair of pants, and perhaps one with some color.
Any pantsuit, formal dress, or pencil skirt should go in this bag off the bat. Feel free to throw blouses in as well, depending on your ironing skills and the materials of the shirts.
Besides the basics, there’s a few items everyone should keep in their suitcase to stay prepared.
The Steamer: Many hotels have irons, but a safer option is a steaming machine that is small, portable, and keeps everything looking fresh.
Shoe Bags: To keep your shoes from scratching each other, pack them in fabric shoes bags. This will keep everything more organized and safe.
Accessory Holder: For women, a jewelry holder is key to make sure nothing gets tangled. For men, there are travel tie holders, but if you are in a pinch, rolling the ties like a store will prevent and kinks.
The Carry On
In all instances, your carry on will be the vital bag that keeps all your essentials. If something goes wrong, you want to have items that are necessities with you. Also, if you are heading to a meeting right after landing, you may want to freshen up.
Wallet: To hold all your money, cards, and documentation, make sure to have your leather wallet on hand. This is a no brainer, but is often times forgotten in a rush.
Passport Holder: Traveling leads to bringing a passport, and protecting this vital document is key. A passport holder is a great way to keep your passport stored safe and express yourself.
Phone Case: Traveling is hard on your devices, that’s why you should make sure your phone is in a protective case that is personalized to you and will make sure everything stays flawless.
Phone Charger: Boredom leads to phone use, and phone use leads to phone battery drainage. Fix that with a portable charger handy in your carry on bag.
Toothbrush: If you have a big meeting after you land, have a toothbrush on board so you can brush up and be fresh before meeting everyone.
Motion Sickness Pills: It happens to the best of us, motion sickness. Make sure you have the pills along just in case you have a bumpy flight. It is better to be over prepared than sick for the vital first greetings.
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