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Travelling for success: How to Pack for a Business Trip
Are you about to embark on a trip for business?
Are you standing over an empty suitcase wondering where to start? Whether it is your first time travelling for work, or you are a seasoned traveller like George Clooney in the 2009 hit film 'Up In The Air,' it can still be difficult to decide exactly what to take with you.
You don't want to overpack, but you also don't want to leave out essential items that will have you scurrying to the late-night convenient store when you should be preparing for the next day's meeting.
To help you along the way, we have compiled an easy to follow checklist of the things you should consider when packing for a business trip to take the stress out of travelling and prime you for success.
1. Consider Carry On Only
If you are only going away for a few days, seriously consider whether you can get away with just a carry-on bag.
You will save a lot of time waiting at the baggage carousel, or even worse, dealing with lost baggage claims. Invest in a good size carry-on bag and take only the essentials.
2. Make a List
It sounds basic, but rather than opening your wardrobe and blindly picking out items based on your mood, have a think about what you are going to need for your specific trip and make a list.
Check ahead about what the weather will be like, and consider whether you need any speciality items like swimmers. Once you have your list, you will be all set to systematically pack.
3. Choose Wisely
You might love that silk dress or shirt that you have for special occasions, but if it's a nightmare to iron, it might not be the best idea for a business trip.
Pack items that require the least maintenance. Also, pack versatile clothing options that can be worn multiple times if needed, like a black blazer or a neutral colour pair of trousers.
Scale down your 'just in case' pieces, because chances are they won't get worn. Lastly, choose comfortable shoes that suit multiple purposes. Flats and boots are a great option for wearing during work commitments and then going straight to see some of the local sights.
4. Take Time with Toiletries
There is nothing more annoying than realising you have forgotten your toothbrush, your contact lens solution or your face wash.
Take the time to think about your daily routine and pack all the items you can't live without. For larger items, consider investing in travel-size products, or purchase some empty travel-size bottles and make your own.
If you like the shampoos, soaps and conditioners in your hotel, consider holding on to them for your next trip!
Lastly, don't forget about your charging cords, headphones and laptop.
You are essentially taking your workday on the road, so make sure you have everything you need to be equally productive while you are away.
At the end of the day, travelling for business can and should be enjoyable! Invest a little time in planning and you will be boarding your flight without a last-minute rush to the gate, ready to hit the ground running.
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