So you’ve got your career on track in an industry you’re passionate about, and you’re finally receiving opportunities to travel for work. Congrats! You’ve shown your worth and your boss trusts you to be the face of [insert your company name here]. Good going, girl.
If this sounds like you and you’re not sure what you need to prepare for business travel or simply want a refresher, read on for all you need to keep your Type-A, high flying self together and stress free at 35,000 feet.
Invest in a Set of Quality Luggage (or at least a decent black carry-on)
High-end luggage is expensive, but don’t feel like you need to invest in a set right away. A good quality, no name set can still last 3 to 4 years. The trick is to keep it simple. As a general rule avoid bright colours, animal prints, and anything too cutesy or child-like. Don’t forget a TSA-approved lock if you’re keen on keeping your personals private.
Top tip: Still want to showcase your personality and have your suitcase easily identifiable on the luggage carousel? Try including a pop of colour with a fun luggage tag or monogrammed ribbon.
Have a ‘Go To’ Handbag
It’s no secret that carrying a good handbag can do wonders for your confidence. Regardless of whether your budget is more Chanel or Charles & Keith, you can’t go wrong with a tote or large satchel in a classic shape and colour. Optional but always handy are bags with external zippers and an assortment of inner organisational pockets. You’ll thank yourself when you’re at the check-in counter with your boss and have your passport and documents easily accessible.
Top tip: Consider whether you need your bag to fit your laptop, of if you prefer carrying a separate sleeve or securing it snuggly in your carry-on.
Carry the Key Accessories
Keeping yourself together at the check-in counter and beyond will be a lot easier with the right accessories. Strive to be one of the graceful, polished travellers who avoid stressing out because they planned ahead and showed up for the trip prepared like a girl scout.
To keep organised, great accessories to invest in are a good passport holder and business card holder. These pieces are worth investing in as they’ll get ample use, and you’ll always feel a pang of joy in pulling out your luxe pieces.
Don’t forget that the journey is part of the fun. Packing your ‘go to’ travel handbag with a neck pillow, large scarf, and sunglasses will keep you comfortable and looking glamourous on the go. Having a notebook, healthy snacks, and charger cables on hand will also ensure you arrive at your destination feeling prepared and top of your game.
Top tip: Don’t forget to pre-load your phone or tablet with the necessary apps (whether for language or metro navigation), maps, and car and hotel confirmations and phone numbers.
Don’t Forget About Beauty
Some beauty bloggers may wax lyrical about using face masks on planes to keep skin moisturised but this isn’t always comfortable, especially if your boss is travelling next to you! At the very least, travelling with some essentials will help you stay fresh until you arrive at your hotel. Try packing a toothbrush, toothpaste, eye drops, deodorant mini moisturiser, lip balm, and mints at the very least.
Top tip: One stylish businesswoman I know gets a blowout before every work trip. Taking care not to get her hair wet and covering it with a hat in smoky conditions means her long locks can stay glossy and voluminous for up to a week. A true time-saver tip for sure.
Get your Packing List Down
Whether you prefer to use a app or pen and paper, you won’t regret the time you take to create a packing list. It’s worth doing well, as a good list of essentials for a business trip can be used time and again. Have a busy week and packing for a weeklong trip a few hours before a flight? You’ll hardly break a sweat with that go-to list handy. With all the unknowns that can pop up during business trips, you’ll feel less stressed knowing that you’ve all least got your stuff together…or at least, with you.
Top tip: Instead of creating an itemised list, try packing by outfit. Sketching out which outfits you’ll wear when will allow you to better visualise what the essential pieces are and help you avoid over packing, which is, you know, all the better for carrying a souvenir or two home…
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