5 Packing Tips for Work Trips

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?

Linking up with Erika, AshleyWhitney and Lindsay.


  1. Great travel tips! I always try to limit the shoes too because they do take up so much space!

  2. Dustin is a list maker when it comes to packing for any trip we make. Even when he packs for a weekend at his hunting club, he has a list haha! I love that you put dresses--dresses are a complete outfit without taking up too much room. I love jersey material so that you can roll it and it never wrinkles!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  3. I'm amazed to read that you still wear hose, get it professional! :)

  4. Ooooh, I didn't know about these packing cubes.. I'll have to check them out. I haaaate feeling unorganized when I travel, and I think these would be helpful! Thanks for the tip!


    1. I realized I forgot to link the packing cubes at first. The ones I have are the Yanuoki 4 Value Set Packing Cubes - found on amazon!

  5. Shoes get me every time! I always doubt myself and bring a pair for every occasion... It's a little too prepared! Checking out those cube right now!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. These are all such great tips! Packing cubes seriously are the best, and you can never go wrong with dresses either!

  7. Great packing tips! Although I do zero traveling for work, packing cubes have become my absolute travel necessity! You're right, even though they don't create magic room, they just condense a crazy amount of stuff and if I over pack a little bit, I don't feel so bad. Packing lists are my bread and butter, I need it for even the shortest trip, currently writing mine down for Vegas since I only have tonight to pack!

  8. I'm so glad that i don't have to travel for work anymore. I did a bit of light travelling when I first started this job, but I told them I was done when I had kids. Haha. I totally agree about the packing list! I have generic packing lists for each member of our family and then I edit each one depending on where we're going. It saves SO much time and stress already knowing what you need. Brian just packs willy nilly and I don't know how he does it... I would forget something for sure!

  9. These are great tips! I don't travel for work as often anymore but the next time I do I am definitely looking for a packing cube! I always make so many lists and even more when we're traveling with the kids. Shoes and hats are always my hardest items to pack. Beautifully Candid

  10. Creative post. Thank you. Now you're ready to go. If you're belongs to the UK and want to save extra money then book Luton park and ride and save extra money.

  11. Interesting post. I love it. I will also share it with others. If you're regular traveller then I will recommend you to book airport parking Manchester and get hassle-free experience.