Packing for a business trip can be a daunting task. You’ll need outfits for different events, meetings and outings and of course the weather could change at any time. Also you don’t want those expensive suits to be all wrinkled up, when you need to impress the CEO of that big company. First impressions count right?
All your technology needs to be transported safely and with all relevant chargers for the country you’ll be in. And what about data roaming charges and WIFI? You don’t want to get stuck without. With so much to think about, you need to get yourself a plan and learn to pack like a pro, so you’re prepared for any eventuality.
Choose Your Travel Companion – The Right Bag
The type of bag you take on your business trip can depend on a few different factors;
The length of your business trip
How fast you want to move through the airport
If you’re going for one or two days, you might want to consider a ‘hanger bag’. The advantage of this is you can keep several suits and shirts hung up to minimize creases. You would also need, a smaller carry-on bag to store smaller clothes items and personal items.
If your trip is over four days, you should consider a classic ‘suitcase’. Here you have many options in size, ranging from a small carry on suitcase that will allow you to avoid the queues to check-in or larger suitcases that will need to be checked in but have a load more space.
Pack Like A Pro
To become a savvy business traveller, you need to learn to only pack what you need and know what Apps will help make your time more efficient. For a shorter trip, you should easily be able to carry an outfit for each day, but if you plan to be away longer, you need to get creative with what you take.
For a seven day trip, consider taking three suits and shirts which you can interchange with each other to freshen up the look. Take a range of ties and more casual T-shirts, which can be worn under the suit for nights out and don’t take up too much room.
Make sure you pack relevant chargers for your phone and laptop and have a power adaptor for the country you’re travelling to. If you’re worried about wrinkled clothes, pack a small empty spray bottle. When you reach your hotel destination, hang up your clothes and lightly mist with water. Moisture will help your clothes flatten out and when dried, they should look as good as new.
Handy Travel Apps
TripIt is a fantastic travel App where you can keep all your travel details in one place. Flight schedules, hotel bookings and meeting information, call be organized and stored in a handy calendar.
AroundMe is a handy App to have when you’re travelling in a new area. It will analyze businesses and services in your vicinity and help you find what you need.
Follow this guide and your business trips should be smooth and enjoyable. Once you get the hang of it, packing and travelling will take minimum effort allowing you more time to plan for that next meeting.