Travel preparation for a work trip can be stressful, especially if you are flying to several destinations with different weather conditions. So it is crucial that you approach the task with a systematic plan.
The number of days involved should determine whether or not you should pack light or slightly heavy. In the end, packing with the intention of making your trip efficient and comfortable should be your primary goal.
Here are some golden tips to make packing a less nightmarish affair:
You need a bag can fit all your required travel essentials for your trip.The right bag should accommodate your belongings effectively, and be easy to carry or drag along. Get a bag with wheels, so there is less physical pressure on you when travelling. Consider investing a clam shell suitcase - if you’re shipping a suit or similar item and need it to be wrinkle free, these will keep them safe from harm.
In a rush and don’t want to check in your luggage? Great, but make sure you know your airlines hand luggage requirements. They will differ between airline and flying class, so get informed before you fly.
Everyone’s been told to write a checklist before they fly - but has anyone ever told you to take it with you? If you fly regularly you’re bound to leave something in your hotel room (halfway across the world!) a time or two. Prevent this from happening by taking your checklist with you, and ticking things off as you pack for home.
No, we don’t mean pack a few sets of AA’s. We’re talking about portable charger you can use to charge your smartphone, tablet or laptop while you’re on the go. If you’re organised you might have adapters to suit different regions, but for those times when you don’t have one on you, or there aren’t any power outlets available, you’ll be needing one of these.
Keep copies of all the documents and files you’ll need in your trip stored in the Cloud. USB’s can get broken or lost, but the Cloud is always there. It also makes sharing files easier, so you can keep in touch with clients and colleagues much easier.
Flying can cause your ankles and feet to swell, sometimes quite painfully. Pack a pair of good quality compression socks for the flight to help prevent this from happening. Nothing's worse than trying to cram on too-tight shoes after a long flight and hobbling to an important business meeting.
Don’t take silk shirts to wear on the plane - they’ll only crinkle, and you won’t look anywhere near your best. Pack fabrics such as 100% cotton, wool blends and polyester, as these complement your movement and remain crisp. There are also a lot of formal clothing brands that put together lines of wrinkle free clothes specifically targeted at business travellers.
Rolling your clothes with help keep them less wrinkled, and is a massive space saver. Small items like underwear and socks can also be rolled to fit into empty spaces such as those in your shoes, making even more space in your bag.
Pack your heaviest items at the bottom, and the lighter ones on top. This gives your bag proper weight distribution and better balance. In general, shoes can go right to the bottom. You can pack them up with rolled up socks or even your phone charger (depending on how long your trip is).
Nobody wants the bottoms of their shoes getting all over their clean clothes. Most hotels provide disposable shower caps - grab one, and put your shoes inside it. They’re super lightweight, and durable enough to last the trip home.
If you’re packing a good shirt, keep the collar crisp by rolling up your belt and putting it inside the neck hole. This will stop the collar collapsing in on itself, so you’re shirts ready to go when you arrive.
If you don’t carry a briefcase or laptop bag, you can run into trouble finding places to store your cords and chargers without loosing them. Grab an old sunglass case, and put them all in there. They’ll stay protected, and be stored neatly in one place.
Travel sites and flight providers will often increase prices based on your search history. So when you’re booking flights or searching for what’s available, make sure your browser is set to private; this could end up saving you a lot of money!
Sometimes you can lose service when abroad, and this can be a little bothersome when you need to access a map! When you arrive at your destination, connect with the airport’s WiFi service and save in Google maps where you are. This will enable you to use your map app offline.
Passport, visas, licences, itinerary - you name it. Scan it, and take copies! Print one set out and carry the hard copy in your suitcase, and email yourself another.
Want to check if your flight’s running on time? Or maybe you're running late, and need to see the check in cut off? Just Google your airline name and flight number, and you’ll have all the information you need in seconds.
Available in convenient travel size bottles, this is the solution for everyone who's on a tight schedule (or just hates ironing). Pack a small spray bottle, and have wrinkle free clothing wherever you go!
Take a small mesh laundry bag to keep your clean and dirty clothing separate. This not only makes it easier when you’re getting dressed in the morning, it also means you can take you dirty laundry out easily at each destination so they can air out - and keep from making your clean clothes smelly.
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