Tips For Packing For A Short Business Trip
For just a short two- or three-day business trip, it’s important to pack as lightly as possible. That takes planning and a bit of creativity. It’s possible to get everything necessary into a carry-on bag, or with only one other pieces of luggage, if some thought is given to what is taken and how it’s packed.
Here are a few tricks and tips that experienced travelers have learned will help lighten the load during your business travels.
Choose the Right Bag
For a carry-on, it’s vitally important to pick the largest bag possible without going over the airline’s size limits. Some carriers have larger limits than others, but they can always change, so it’s a good idea to double-check the regulations for each trip, and have some different sized bags on hand. Duffel bags are a great choice for convenience and ease of carry, but can be a bit rough on clothes.
Pack the Right Things
For a short trip, a couple of changes of clothes are usually all that are needed. Keeping clothes to neutral colors means they can be mixed and matched easily for a variety of looks. Plan for contingencies with easily compressed outdoor jackets and heavy shoes. Buying toiletries and other small items can be done at the destination rather than packed, saving valuable room.
This is where the creativity comes in. Small things can be packed inside shoes and even inside the caps on cans of shaving cream, hairspray, etc. Every space should be used. Even with the option of one or two pieces of checked luggage, efficient packing should always be practiced.
Keep It Simple
Many people give in to the temptation to try to take too many things. It’s important to put some thought into the absolute essentials and stick to them. Things can always be picked up at the destination if necessary.
With a little forethought and preparation, you can pack all the essentials for any short trip in a very small package.