Pack Like a Pro: The Traveller's Guide to Making Packing for Your Business Trip Easy
What to wear? What to pack? How to pack? What to pack it in? We share the travel tips that will have you packing like a pro in no time.
There are a few simple rules to follow when you pack your overnight bag for a business trip. We asked our travellers for their best tips.
Invest in a Good Bag
Wheeling around a suitcase might work in the airport (unless there are a lot of stairs or uneven tiles) but it doesn’t cut it when you’re navigating city streets or heading off the beaten path.
Knowing what bag to invest in, therefore, will take an assessment of your likely destinations.
Wherever you are travelling a decent case or bag can be the best travel investment you make. It’s the difference between finding your carry-on bag which works fine in the US isn’t allowed as carry-on on European flights or finding a red welt on your shoulder when you finally put down your weekend bag and having luggage you barely notice during a long journey.
Write a List
Journalist Joan Didion kept a list of essential kit for her journalistic assignments taped to the inside of her suitcase so she couldn’t forget anything important (and only stuck to the essentials).
Today, we’ve got an app for that. Packing apps like TripList or PackPoint can help you keep a list of your own essentials and tick them off as you go. The more you travel, the more you can refine your list so, ultimately, you’re carrying only the stuff you really need.
Plan to Sleep
Travel is tiring, that’s just a fact. Worse, being in a different time zone and unfamiliar surroundings can affect your ability to sleep. Yet being well-rested is vital if you’re going to perform at your best.
How do you square the circle? Pack earplugs and eye masks so you can get your required zzzzzs, even if it's daylight outside or the busy road outside your window is buzzing with noise. Scents can also help aid sleep; if you do try a pillow spray use it at home for a few nights before your trip so you come to associate the fragrance with sleep.
Roll don’t fold
It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you roll your clothes before putting them in your bag, instead of folding them, you’ll give yourself more room. When you’re dealing with an extended trip and a carry-on bag, this space-saving in itself makes it worth rolling.
Moreover, rolling also causes less intense wrinkling. Rolling isn’t wrinkle-free, of course, but you don’t get the dramatic creases in your clothes that you do when folding. Simply hanging your clothes up on arrival should eliminate most of the wrinkles from your rolled clothes, whereas a folded shirt is going to have you hunting for the hotel’s iron.
Don't Forget the Essentials
As well as carrying the essentials you would take on holiday – like a basic first aid kit, photocopies of your important travel documents and a spare phone charger – you need to make sure that you have what you need to conduct business effectively. If this means carrying printed copies of your presentations or backing work up to the cloud before you go, a little planning can help to avoid red faces and get you out of a crisis.
If you’re not sure what to pack, speak to someone who has been there – they can tell you what to expect in terms of weather, culture and dressing norms. And don't forget, if you are in any doubt, you can always ask your Travel Counsellor for advice.
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