Packing Tips Every Business Traveler Should Know
Every one of us has been in this situation before. Let’s say you get a great opportunity from the firm you work in, or your own company to do a little bit of traveling. May be you are excited or maybe not, but we all know that spending time on the road or in the air is not usually the problem. Most of the time we just hop on a plane and in not more than 4 or 5 hours we are already at our destination.
Most of the time we just hop on a plane and in not more than 4 or 5 hours we are already at our destination.
But packing really sets things off for most guys. It’s just hard to decide what to wear and how to fold it, so it doesn’t wrinkle.
To be honest, this is a big problem for most of us, I’m sure you will all agree with me.
So, today I’m sharing with you how I pack for a two-day trip versus being a whole week or month away from home. Going away from your comfort zone, a. k. a. your home is what really set’s things off. But let’s forget about leaving home for a minute and look into your bag. How are you gonna pack?
To make this guide easy for you, we will split this article in two:
- SHORT TRIPS and
- LONG TRIPS
Short trips are pretty basic.
Just carefully think about what are you going to do when you get there. Who are you going to meet with? Are they a potential big client?
It really doesn’t matter if they are a future client or if you already work together! You should always look sharp!
For a Two day trip, you will need either two (2) suits or a single jacket with different trousers.
Pretty much this is what your list should contain:
- A single jacket [dark color preferred – e.g navy]
- Two pairs of trousers [you can play with colors a bit, only if you know what you are doing, if not – keep the colors dark as well]
- A pair of nice shoes with matching belt [might be the one you’ll travel with, or a different pair]
- At least two shirts [you might need to go on a dinner, bringing three or more shirts is great for versatility!] – plain color preferably – white and light blue is fine.
- One or two ties [consider what the people you’re going to meet are wearing, if they prefer ties, grab at least one]
- A t-shirt, shorts and a pair of nice slippers [this one is for when you’re by yourself in your room, obviously or a walk down to your hotel bar]
- 2 pairs each of boxer briefs and undershirt/singlet
The other necessities like toothbrush, a comb [if you need one], beard oil (for bearded gents), perfume etc. you can figure out on your own!
Long trips are a bit trickier.
You have to plan many things and most times we get a headache when we think about it…
For a long term business travel, you’ll need at least three suits. Shirts should be at least 5 so you can keep versatility.
Another thing is that “long trips” mean checked luggage – the horror!
You wait in line to give hundreds of dollars in the hands of people you don’t trust, knowing the huge risk of never seeing your possessions ever again [or at least having them lost and found, which can give you a gap of 2-3 days until getting your bag back].
If you haven’t figured it out by now – keep one suit in your hand luggage.
However, this is how your bag should look like:
- At least three suits
- One to two pair of shoes at least
- Five dress shirts
- Two casual shirts
- 3-4 T-shirts
- A pair or two of jeans
- A pair of pants [chinos, khaki]
- Underwear [keep at least one in your hand luggage]
- Everything you need to wear when in the hotel room or the place you’re staying in
Whether this is your first trip, your second trip or your hundredth trip, it’s always helpful to have a rundown of what items you should pack and how to pack light. The way you organize your suitcase when traveling strongly depends on your lifestyle. Packing is never really easy though. Having a bit of inspiration can’t do harm.
How do you pack? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
For any other questions, write us a quick email!
RECOMMENDED READING: 5 TIPS ON HOW TO LOOK BETTER IN A SUIT
Thanks, as always for reading. Until next time … Continue to Do Well, Live Well and Dress Very Well. Be Classy!
The article was made possible by my friend Evgeni Asenov, Founder of Gentleman Zone. Visit his blog for more gentlemen style inspiration.
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