When travelling for business, being prepared is key, and this leads to the obvious question of deciding what to pack. On any business trip, what you put into the suitcase definitely needs consideration. Any successful trip takes planning; agencies such as FCm Travel Solutions can take care of flights and accommodation for business trips, but when it comes to the packing you’re on your own. Depending on the length of the trip, who you are meeting, and of course the destination, luggage choices for a business trip are undoubtedly much more crucial than a weekend getaway to the beach. But fear not. With a bit of carefully considered planning you can get the packing right each and every time around. Here’s what to include:
Business and Causal Clothes
It goes without saying that what you wear will go a long way to creating the desired positive impression. For most people this will be achieved by wearing business clothes that are industry appropriate. Clothes should not only fit well, but also be options that you feel confident and wearing. As well as packing business clothes, it’s also a good idea to pack a number of versatile smart/casual options. After all, you never know if those long lunches with potential clients may turn into a night on the town, and you’ll want to be prepared.
Every business traveller needs to stay in touch, and a laptop or tablet is a lightweight way to keep up with work, and communicate with colleagues and family. There’s also a good chance that you’ll need to do some work in the hotel room, or while at the airport. Most modern laptops can be packed in your hand luggage and should any last minute deadlines come up, you’ll be good to go. Whatever you do though, don’t forget your chargers, or your earphones. You’ll definitely regret it.
Stationary & Business Cards
As mentioned, when travelling for business you never know who you may meet and you’ll want to have business cards on hand to swing to any potential leads. It’s also a good idea to carry a pen and notebook so you can jot down any important insights from others, or other ideas that can often spring to mind when travelling.
To avoid the temptation to overload on burgers and fries at the airport, a bag of healthy snacks in your hand luggage can give you the energy you need without the inevitable sugar crash. Whether a nut bar, trail mix or pieces of fruit, healthy snacks are a good idea to have on hand throughout the trip, especially on those days when you’ll be on the run, rushing between appointments. Staying healthy and eating well is essential to keeping energy levels up, and a must for performing at your best while travelling for work.
All travellers need to unwind – especially business travellers. Packing a book, music or a handheld video game will help ensure you get some much-needed downtime. After all, any trip is all about striking the right balance to feel rested and relaxed, no matter what the day throws at you.
What else do you pack to ensure a successful business trip? Share your packing tips below in the comments!