Last year when I changed jobs I started taking a lot of mini business trips. One night here, two days there. I was never gone for very long, which was very nice, but I struggled with what to pack for a one or two day trip. How much was too much? How little is too little?
Here are a few things I’ve learned over the past few months of business travel…
1) Always carry on your luggage
There is NOTHING worse than a short trip with no luggage. Get one that is easy tomaneuver and lightweight so you can lift it into the overhead bin without worrying about toppling over or hitting another passenger. Of course, you can still ask for help if there is a handsome gentleman seated near you!
2) Pack versatile pieces you can mix and match
For a short trip you want to make sure all of your items can mix together. Think neutrals (navy, grey, tan, black) with only one pop of color. If something happens (stain! rip! etc!) you want to be sure that you can substitute in another item without it completely clashing. A neutral blazer is always a good item to have on hand—it can be used as a jacket when chilly AC kicks in or to transform yesterday’s outfit in an emergency. A pashmina works the same magic.
3) Limit your shoes
I know, I know. As a shoe-a-holic I cannot believe I am saying this, but it’s true. For a short 2 day trip I try to limit myself to 2 pairs of shoes, including the ones I wear to travel. They really do add some weight and take up a lot of space in my already tiny suitcase. I’ve invested in a few nice pairs of neutral pumps and wedges, so even though I only can bring one (or two!) pairs on a trip, I definitely still feel stylish.
4) Eliminate purse clutter
When I travel I like to do a little purse-cleansing before I go. My LV Neverfull can fit nearly everything, so a good cleansing is in order before every trip. Old receipts and papers get tossed or filed and other unnecessary items get put away. Traveling can be very stressful on the body so I don’t like to be carrying any more than I should. I’ve even upgraded myself to e-magazines on my iPad!
5) Plan out (and try on) your outfits before you go!
I ALWAYS try on and plan out each and every outfit for a business trip. Sounds silly, but if I try on every item before I go there are no surprises–Oh no, I don’t like this! Oh no, this doesn’t match! Oh no, oh no! Detail planning of every outfit ensures that I also don’t bring extra items, as I already know what everything looks and feels like on. Takes a few extra minutes at home, but definitely a practice that is worth the time!
Happy (business) travels!