Regular business travelers are easy to pinpoint: smart suits, small black roll-aboard bag, briefcase with ipad, letterheads and designer pen, and air of confidence as they head towards their gate. They’re the ones you see drinking an americano at Starbucks, exiting airport lounges, getting free upgrades with their frequent flier miles. Traveling for business is different than leisure and you should pack accordingly. Bringing multiple bags can be a hassle. Packing last minute could have disastrous consequences. As a regular business traveler, one needs to pack with forethought. Here’s what to pack to get there with minimal fuss.
Packing light is key. Having only carry-on baggage is ideal, especially if it’ll be a trip only for a few days, you can squeeze all your stuff in if you’re very careful (and besides iphones, ipads, stationary such as business cards and letterheads etc don’t take up much space). The most popular bag for business travelers is the 22-inch bag, which is lightweight and roomy. Having travel-sized toiletries is a good idea and is necessary to comply with the 3-1-1 rule. The 3-1-1 rules is 3 ounces (100 milliliters) per liquid item, 1 quart (1 litre) bag per person for carry-on items.
Clothing wise, there are a few steps you can take to maximize space. It’s time to go back to basics. Clothes should be interchangeable and adapt to several looks. Bring clothes that are neutral colored and can mix and match. Ladies, only pack two shoes—business and casual. Wear the bulkiest clothing on the plane to free up your baggage. For men this would be a suit or sport coat. On the same note, wear slip-on shoes for the security checkpoint. In the suitcase, roll up more casual clothes to save space. Line the side of the suitcase with your shoes and stuff those with plastic bags full of socks, chargers, and other small items. Make sure to check the forecast and pack appropriately.
In a separate laptop bag or briefcase, carry the valuable items such as your computer and camera. Also, important documents such as printouts of your itinerary, reservations, stationary (letterheads, envelopes, business cards etc)directions, and work files if needed. Bring a small stack of business cards and company letterhead for important memos. And don’t forget any medication you need. Finally, make sure you have your phone, wallet, identification, and printouts of your flight tickets.