Last year was the first time I had ever traveled for work. It was a bit stressful, trying to figure out what to pack, especially because I knew I wanted to fit everything in a carry on. Going on a few trips within in a relatively short time span really helped me get my packing down, so that whenever work travel comes up again, it's a much, much easier process.
1. Packing cubes. I honestly use these anytime I travel, but I bought them specifically when I started traveling for work. I usually use a larger cube for clothes, one for shoes, and then sometimes another small cube for undergarments / socks, if my clothing cube is full. I just love how organized and contained everything is in my suite case. And while they don't really compact things, I do feel like there is a little flattening aspect to them, which saves a little extra space.
2. Make packing lists. I always make a toiletry list and then usually a clothing list, too. For toiletries, I going through my morning / getting ready routine and night time routine in my head, and write everything down. Then, as I pack I cross it off. This especially helps when I have an earlier flight, and I need to keep things unpacked to use to get ready in the morning. I am super forgetful, and add in the anxiety of traveling, I am bound to forget something important that I might not want to purchase on my trip, like a new straightener or something like that! For my clothing list, I think about what is going on during the days, if there is down time where I need more casual clothes, if I plan on working out - all that stuff. Which leads me to my third point...
3. Limit your shoes! I feel like shoes can take up so much room, so I basically only pack two pairs - a pair of heels, and then tennis shoes to work out in. I usually wear slip on shoes in the airport, so all in all I have 3 pairs of shoes. When I make my clothing list, I make sure that everything will go with one pair of shoes, either black, tan or navy, and stick to it. I also do this with my jewelry. I usually pack an additional pair of earrings - again something that goes with everything.
4. Pack dresses. You can never go wrong with a dress. They can suit so many different occasions and can be often worn without jackets / blazers and still look very professional and put together. I usually had a blazer if we have a special meeting, but often a dress is enough. Takes up a lot less room! Dresses usually mean panty hose in a business professional setting so my extra note here - pack two more pairs that you actually need. Those things tear like no other! I am speaking from experience.
5. Keep your purse to just the necessities. I am guilty of carrying EVERYTHING in my purse. However, when I travel, it is bare bones. I have a small wallet that fits a few cards and cash, chapstick, Kleenex and sunglasses. Occasionally a few other things make their way in there, but it all fits neatly into a little pouch. My phone, along with a charger, some type of reading material, whether it be a book, magazine, or my Kindle goes in there, and then my laptop.
Really, these tips work for any type of travel, but I find them super helpful specifically for work. What are your best travel tips?
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