When you are packing for a business trip there are many things that you should do differently to when packing for a holiday – mainly, you should travel light. When travelling for business you should keep things simple, ensuring an efficient and hassle free flight or journey, and be super organised being sure to remember everything. Here we deliver a few tips on how to pack for a business trip:
Find out the dress code for your business trip
Finding out the dress code for your business trip is very sensible, and means that you can condense the clothing you will need. Take into consideration the weather and the length of time you will be going for, and plan ahead in terms of finding out if the hotel has an iron in the room or you will need to take your own. It is always a good idea to pack a few more shirts than you think you will need, in case of spilling something down you and having to change, and it’s also a good idea to take some extra socks to ensure you are always fresh.
Know what is required of you
If you are required to share information on the business trip, or give a speech, make sure that you have everything you might need. Don’t haul around big paper files if you can help it, select the specific parts of information you need and just take that. If you are taking a laptop or pen drive, make sure that any information you will need is prepared and easy to find.
Take business items you will need
Packing items such as plenty of business cards, company brochures, and plenty of paper for notes is a must. When you are going on a business trip, you are essentially at work (not on holiday!), and so you should take everything with you needed to present a professional image.
Lastly, in addition to the above and whatever other personal items you need when travelling, don’t forget your phone charger and laptop charger, and anything else along these lines. A small sewing kit is sometimes provided by high end business hotels in case of lost shirt buttons, but you might want to take your own spares with a needle and thread. Remember to take with you any medication you are on, as well as any small basic first aid items, it always pays to be prepared.
Have a list prepared in advance of packing for your business trip, and check it several times before leaving to ensure that you have everything. Speak to colleagues and discuss the itinerary, note a point of contact, and discuss exactly what will be expected of you in terms of information you should take with you. When you pack for a business trip, you must consider more than just what clothing to take with you, you might need to take professional information, promotional material, and also prepare mentally for specific events.