If you travel for work, you’ve likely seen a bit of a drop in this aspect of your job in recent months. However, as parts of the world start opening up for more movement from place to place, travel is going to become more and more a part of our lives, just as it was before the pandemic started. So to help you prepare for this time, you may want to start thinking about how you can streamline your business travel.
To help you with this, here are three tips for packing for a business trip.
Plan For Keeping Your Clothes Looking Fresh
Packing for business is a little different than packing for pleasure. When you’re having to meet others from a business standpoint, you’ve got to ensure that you always look professional and presentable. But when you’re living out of a suitcase, keeping your clothes looking fresh can be a challenge.
To assist you with this, Angela Feher, a contributor to TripIt.com, recommends that you pack clothes that aren’t going to wrinkle much when they’re in your suitcase, be it chinos for men or flowy dresses for women. In addition to this, you should also pack a few items that you can help in case something unfortunate happens while you’re wearing your work clothes. For example, you should bring some wipes or a stain pen to help you get any spills or stains off of clothes that you’re needing to wear again.
Bring The Right Briefcase
The last thing you want to be doing when you’re traveling for work is having to lug around a ton of bags through the airport and to your hotel. But depending on what you’re needing to bring with you, you might not be able to get away with having just one bag.
If you are needing to bring a briefcase with you, Rebecca Carhart, Caroline Tell, and Kendall Cornish, contributors to Travel and Leisure, advise that you get a briefcase that’s going to be easy for you to take around with you. Try to find one that can not only be clutched in your hand but that you can also sling over your shoulder or pull along beside you as you’re running through the airport.
Avoid Checking Any Bags
When traveling for business, you’re not going to have a lot of extra time to figure things out if your luggage gets lost or you have something in your suitcase that gets broken. Because of this, Laura Begley Bloom, a contributor to Forbes.com, recommends that you always try to avoid having to check any bags when traveling for work. This will ensure that you will always have what you need and that you’ll be able to give your bags the level of care they need.
If you’ll be traveling for work again soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you be a more efficient packer.