Business trips are totally different from leisure trips. If you are out for a vacation, there is less pressure as to what should happen during the trip. But when you are doing travels for work or business purposes, then a different level of preparation is needed to make sure that you do not miss an important detail. Here’s how to pack light but not forget anything.
Business travel sounds way too serious, but it does not have to be extra stressful. And one trick to be able to make this trip easy and worry-free is to pack light.
Here are some tips on how you can achieve light packing for a business trip:
Use a Carry-On Bag
Business travels are usually short term trips. But sometimes, they can go as long as a month or two.
But when it comes to short trips abroad, it is better to use smaller luggage. You do not need to burden yourselves with a big bag and then regret it later on, especially if you are out for only a couple of days.
Choose the right carry-on size that the trip requires. A carry-on bag may go well with your outfit if you are pressed with time, and you do not have the luxury to drop your baggage to your hotel before meeting a client.
It is a must always to keep your valuables in your carry-on.
Your travel documents like passport and identification cards should be kept inside a safe pouch inside your carry-on along with other valuables like gadgets, medications if needed, as well as your cash and cards.
These are what you always need to bring with you when you are going around the city.
When we say bring only the ones that you will surely need, we mean only the IMPORTANT stuff like business clothes or versatile pieces of clothing. You do not have to bring your heavy jackets if you are visiting a tropical country.
You also will not need three pieces of swimming attire because, again, this is a business trip. You may bring at least one if you have enough free time to check out your hotel pool.
Rewarding yourself with some leisure time, especially if you have done great during the entire trip, is not a crime to be guilty of. You have free time, go for it.
Picking the right pair of shoes to bring during this trip is also helpful in making sure that you do not overpack during the trip.
Shoes can weigh a lot and can make your luggage heavy. It is important that you pick a pair that is versatile. Something that can go with formal attire for serious business meetings and can also go well with casual clothes for walking around the city.
You can also bring an extra pair just to be sure. But keep in mind that it has to be lightweight or should be packed inside your luggage or your carry-on strategically.
Make sure that they are also comfortable, as you may be doing a lot of walking.
Most hotels often have shampoos and other toiletry needs. You do not need to bring bottles of shampoo and conditioner, soaps, etc.
On the other hand, you should also leave your office supplies behind like staplers and hefty folders. You can always ask your hotel concierge for these items, and they would be glad to provide the items that you need.
Business trips may require you to bring gadgets and electronics. If you need to, do not forget to pack the essentials like chargers, USB cords, and adapters for you to be able to use these items properly.
You also should put inside your bag your hard drives and flash drives where your presentation or other important files are stored.
But if you are techie enough to embrace a different form of online storage keeping, then you can refer to this next tip.
The Cloud is an online storage system that you can access anywhere you go.
It is very useful for the traveling business person because if you avail of this service, you will not have to bring several hard drives or other storage devices during the trip. It would even be hassle-free for you because there will be lesser chances of misplacing it or worse, losing them altogether.
It is also one space-saving technique, especially if you are set to bring a small carry-on luggage.
This is not a party, so leave your dangling earrings, bangles, and studded necklaces behind.
Just bring simple pieces of accessories to get you through the entire trip without looking too simple or too grand. Besides, if you are only traveling for a couple of days, it is not really necessary to bring a box of jewelry to accompany you on this trip. As for your watches, just bring one classic piece, and you are good to go.
Would you risk losing all your fancy pieces during this business trip because you chose to bring them all?
Be wise enough to know that you only need to look formal and nice during the entire trip — no need to go all out on accessories.
A business trip is still a trip, nonetheless, so bringing essential travel stuff is inevitable. The trick to packing light is knowing your priorities and the most important ones to make this business trip as successful as it can be.