Let’s face it: packing is never easy, whether for leisure or business. But the set of questions you ponder over a business trip packing list are usually quite different: How does the client’s office dress? Where will you be eating out? Will there be time to hit the gym? Being armed with the right pair of shoes, blazers and accessories can make all the difference in packing for your jam-packed itinerary – and even those spontaneous, last-minute drinks. Check out our ultimate business trip packing list and be equipped for whatever comes your way.
Here are those things that almost never change, the basics for business travel packing:
- Chargers for every type of electronic device you’ll be carrying
- One light jacket (or heavier, depending on the weather)
- Enough underwear for each day that you’ll be gone (plus, one extra, just in case)
- Two pairs of pants (or skirts)
- Four coordinating tops
- Suit jackets (if necessary)
- No more than three pairs of shoes
- Accessories – these can range from jewelry to belts and socks.
- Workout clothes (just in case)
- Toiletries and styling aids
Here are a few packing items to keep in mind to ensure you remain productive and presentable at all times:
- Breath Mints. When meeting people for the first time, it’s important to make a strong first impression.
- A Pen and Notepad. It seems obvious, but this is one of the most important things to pack and often one that’s forgotten. Make sure your pen and paper is always readily accessible and towards the top of your briefcase or purse so you won’t be rooting around during meetings and you can jot down any insights at a moment’s notice.
- Business Cards. Even when you think you’re only meeting with familiar faces, you can’t leave business cards off of your business travel packing list. One of the joys of business travel is the people you happen to meet along the way. And you never know when one of those people is going to present a great chance to expand your network, so be prepared to keep in touch with the help of a business card.
- Portable Battery Charger. When you’re on the road, your cell phone is the quickest way to stay connected to the office. You may not have access or time to plug your phone into a wall, so a portable charger is an essential back-up.
- A USB flash drive. This flash drive should hold any presentations or information you may need throughout your trip. Don’t make your audience wait as you connect to download. Have everything easily accessible in one place.
- Hand Sanitizer. Something that’s easy to neglect while packing up a toiletry bag is a hand sanitizer. You can avoid “sticky” situations by keeping it handy.
- Wi-Fi Hotspot. Internet is a privilege and when you’re traveling, you may find yourself without it. Some hotels may charge you in a day what it costs for a monthly plan on a Wi-Fi hotspot. Stay connected and for a cost-effective price by bringing your own internet.
For more advice, from business trip packing to the return home, stay tuned to The Atlas from American Express Global Business Travel.