Proactive Packing: What to Bring on a Business Trip
From arranging corporate transportation to choosing the right suit, knowing how to pack for a business trip can alleviate stress. Here are some tips to help everyone from corporate executives to sales representatives prepare for successful travel.
Be Intentional with the Wardrobe
Packing light is a good idea—however, wearing a comfortable pair of jeans and a t-shirt to a business meeting isn’t always best. Depending on the length of the trip, packing both professional and casual clothing is essential.
As a general rule of thumb, have at least three business suits per two days. However, try to get the meeting schedule ahead of time to determine the best business professional to business casual clothing ratio.
Have a Miscellaneous Bag
The goal of corporate traveling is for it to be light and economical. A miscellaneous bag is a great way to gather the little things. Phone chargers, snacks, headphones, medications, pens, and journals—fill a bag with things to assist in a smooth traveling experience.
The Traveling Checklist
Before zipping up the suitcase, it’s always a good idea to go over a mental checklist. Items that should be on the checklist include things like the following:
– Date of trip
– Hotel and travel information
– Company materials and necessary supplies
– Dates and times of meetings
– Corporate transportation details
After arriving at the hotel, going over the list will help tie-up any loose ends before the first meeting. Developing a plan, packing, and knowing how to get around is a part of being organized.
When a company sends an employee to represent their brand, being prepared builds trust with potential business clients and partners. Proactively packing can help ensure that you make the best impression.