Some Great Tips for Packing for a Business Trip November 03 2023

packing for a business trip

Packing for a business trip can be tedious and time-consuming even for an experienced road warrior. There are so many things to remember to bring, so many TSA regulations to keep in mind, and what if you pack too much and get stuck with that overweight baggage fee? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to cut down on your time packing for a business trip that should make your next pre-flight power-pack a breeze. 

Make a list

A catch-all, easily modified list is a great way to make sure you are prepared for every business trip before you begin packing. This can include things to pack (remember that phone charger!) as well as things to do (did I plug in my laptop last night…?) and can serve as a checklist as you’re on your way out the door. A list is a great, hassle-free way to keep track of all the particular nitpicks of any trip. 

Know what to pack

Check the weather in your intended destination to help you with specific items, but there are a few basic rules that can make packing for a business trip a walk in the park. The first is to choose dark, solid clothing in wrinkle-resistant fabrics whenever possible. Dark clothing not only travels better, but it is easier to mix and match into more outfits than lighter colors and complicated prints. The same rule applies to shoes: pick one or two dark, solid pairs of shoes that can go with any potential outfits. For underwear and socks, always pack an extra pair or two just in case you are delayed or need to freshen up. If you are bringing accessories, only pack what is absolutely necessary – traveling with jewelry is risky as it is and bringing more than a basic hairband and necklace only complicates your packing routine.

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Know how to pack

Packing for a business trip is easier if you know how to pack, as well as what to pack. Utilizing a lightweight mesh bags to stuff your socks and underwear in can help save space, as well as make these essential items easier to locate once you’ve arrived at your destination. For pants, shorts, and shirts, consider rolling instead of folding them, as this both makes them easier to find without tearing your suitcase apart as well as gives you extra space in your suitcase. If you are only bringing a carry-on case, make sure that items such as liquids, laptops, and any other TSA declarable is at the top or within easy reach in your pack.   

Keep your carry-on packed

For those of us who make use of a carry-on bag, keeping a few basics packed away in a drawer, or the carry-on itself, between trips can cut down on a lot of time. Essential items such as shampoo, makeup, soap, and conditioner can be stored (or bought) in TSA-approved travel containers and tucked away in a quart baggie for quick grabbing. It is also wise to keep a small box of basic office supplies – pens and pencils, extra charging cords, business cards, paper, etc. – in an easy-to-remember location to swipe on the way out the door. Some business travelers may even want to invest in a cheap pair of noise-canceling headphones to tuck away in their carry-on’s back pocket to make sure they are never at risk of a noisy plane ride with nowhere to hide. 

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