How to Pack for Business Travel |

Getting dressed during your time away from home on a business or pleasure trip can be a favorable and calming experience if you plan your packing. On the other hand, it can be very distressing to bring your most professional outfit only to realize at the last moment that you forgot to pack the matching blouse, accessories or the right color hose. A successful trip begins before you leave home since packing takes some thought. To make sure you don’t have any unexpected surprises it’s better begin packing a day or two before you leave – maybe something you will want to wear needs cleaning or you might need to buy another clothing item.

1. Stick to a basic color group for your pants, skirt and jacket. Add a blouse (with a collar) for a professional look. Include 2 pairs of shoes of the same color with different height heels, keeping in mind what you will be doing. For instance, if you will be doing a lot of walking bring comfortable walking shoes that look great with your suit.

2. Always take a carry on bag with a change of clothes and all your toiletries in case your luggage gets lost or delayed. You’ll want to be ready for that important meeting.

3. Always take a dressy black dinner dress or a glitzy blouse or top, that can be worn with a skirt, for last minute invitations. Don’t forget matching shoes.

4. Make a list of your appointments to decide what you will need to wear. Will it be strictly business our will you be engaging in more casual situations. Will you need gym or swim clothes?

5. Consider fabric. Choose clothes that are less likely to wrinkle and for those that will wrinkle, bring a small iron or steamer. Even though the hotel supplies irons you don’t want to call housekeeping and be kept waiting when you only have a few minutes to spare.

Your professional image shouldn’t take a vacation while you are en route. With this in mind, wear professional attire while traveling but not necessarily something that you plan to wear while doing business unless you are going directly to a business appointment when you arrive. Although it is important to look your best, wearing your best suit for several hours while traveling can give it a distressed look. Choose a professional suit but one that you won’t need to wear to business meetings on that trip.

© Copyright 2005 Sheila Dicks

A Guide to a Stress Free Business Travel |

Traveling, whatever the purpose is whether it’s for business or leisure, is pretty a much constant part of our life. But whatever the reason is, majority would agree that it is a very tiresome activity and a cause for stress levels to go up. And that is especially true with business trips. Sure it can be quite exciting to visit many different places but once the novelty wears off, business travels can be quite overwhelming especially to those who are new to it. And depending on the condition of the flight and the people you get to travel with, traveling on a business can really cause some serious stress. Fortunately there are steps one can do to make business trips a lot more manageable or maybe, even enjoyable.

When you are planning for a corporate trip, there is absolutely one thing you have to do, and that is to come up with a travel packing checklist. First determine which necessities do you consider that you simply cannot live without. This includes shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, toiletries, moisturizers, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair gel and other similar items. Do your shopping several days before the trip, avoid last-minute shopping. Make sure to bring your checklist with you, so you do not waste time wandering around the department store, thinking about which items you should buy next. And while you’re at it, it is recommended that you get yourself a travel case or a carry-on bag with just the right size because in business trips the general rule of the thumb is to travel light.

After shopping for all the things you will be needing for the trip, it is time now to pack them into your bag. Again your travel packing checklist will come in handy here because you will be checking the items as you have load them into your bag. This will ensure that you will not forget anything. Of course since you are going on a business trip, you cannot afford to forget essential electronics such as smart phones and netbooks or laptops. You will be needing them to stay in touch with your office and home. When you are packing your clothes, you can roll them into cylinders. This will allow the clothes to take up less space as possible and will minimize wrinkling. When it comes to garment materials, avoid packing those garments which will easily wrinkle such as cotton or linen. Try a more wrinkle resistant clothing such as polyester, wool, silk and microfiber.

Business travels can really cause you a lot of headache. But that is only if you allow it to. The worst thing you can do if you are going on a business trip, is to come at it unprepared. If you are not ready for the trip, there are many things that can go wrong like losing or forgetting to bring a necessary item or not having a proper matching attire for events such as meetings and conferences. The bottom line is, business travels does not need to be complicated and stressful, and that is taken care of by having a plan and being prepared.