There’s nothing worse than feeling unprepared or unorganized when you’re traveling. You want to feel and represent your best self. That’s why a little savvy planning and strategic packing can keep you at the top of your game from the time you arrive at the airport to the time you return home.
Here are some top tips to get you started for your next business trip:
1. Don’t Check Luggage
Instead, try to fit everything into one lightweight, roller suitcase. It’ll make life so much easier to have everything in one place that you can access on the plane.
2. Keep it Electronic
Forego the bulky books, magazines and paperwork and store it all on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Plus, you can keep your tickets and itinerary safely stored on your phone for quick access.
3. Wardrobe Strategy
Check the weather to be prepared to look sharp rain or shine. Also, try to pack neutral colors to easily mix and match outfits that can all go together.
4. Pack Smart
Make space for everything in your suitcase by layering and rolling soft fabrics. Pack the outfits you’ll need first on top (i.e. business meeting in the morning) so you can simply pull out what you need and go.
5. Be TSA-Savvy
Pack small toiletries that meet TSA requirements in one bag for easy access and faster security checks.
6. Zone Out
Noise-canceling headphones are a great investment to help you sleep, work and relax in the hustle of bustle of traveling.
7. Bag It
A small, fold-up laundry bag is a simple way to easily sort and organize clean and dirty clothes and can make a huge difference in keeping your clothing clutter-free.
Bring a stack of business cards to carry in your pocket—you never know who you may run into and it’s always a great way to network new business opportunities.