It’s midnight the night before you leave for your business trip, and you’re staring at a pile of dirty laundry and an empty suitcase. It happens. While choosing the best pair of skinny jeans for your trip may seem like the most important thing on your to-do list, it’s more important to arrive at your destination well rested and ready to tackle the workday. To make sure you’re catching Z’s and not filling Ziplocs at 3 a.m., follow this list of packing tips.
Keep Essentials Packed
If you’re traveling frequently, one of the most helpful tips is to keep those essential travel-sized items packed. While it might seem like an unnecessary purchase, buying that mini bottle of hairspray and those tiny toothpaste tubes can save you time in the packing process, and keep you from stressing out about whether you packed your deodorant. Keep this travel bag in your carry-on for any trip you may take.
Know the Destination
The more you know about where you’re going, the more informed your packing list can be. If your company is putting you up in a nice hotel, chances are they will have a blow dryer, shampoo and body lotion, which will save you a great deal of space in your bag. Also, make sure you check the 10-day forecast, because your sundress might need to be swapped out for your rain jacket.
Remember Lounge Wear
Often when planning outfits for a work trip, you tend to forget that you’re not in the office the whole time. Make sure you don’t forget pajamas and gym clothes, because after a long day of traveling and meetings, hitting the hotel gym is a great feeling.
Pack Versatile Pieces
If your goal is to pack light, basics are your best friend. A LBD, white top and jeans with the right accessories and statement jewelry can last you the whole week. Be creative and have fun with the clothes you have. It only takes one sweater or a great pair of heels to totally change your look.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Checking bags can seem appealing when you’re looking at the seven pairs of shoes you’re trying to cram in your suitcase, but if you can travel with just a carry-on in tow, you’ll be much happier. Checked bags are likely to get lost during missed connections and changed flight routes, leaving you with nothing for your trip. Also, the feeling of walking right off the jet way to your taxi is much better than spending 45 minutes at baggage claim. If the checked bag is unavoidable, make sure you pack a just-in-case carry-on so if your bag gets lost you can brush your teeth.
When you’re on a business trip, the last thing you want to be stressed about is packing. Make sure you check your list in advance, get your essentials and focus on your big presentation rather than your big suitcase.