Things You Shouldn't Forget to Pack for a Business Trip

Business trip on the anvil? If the packing part of it is causing you truckloads of worry, this Buzzle write-up is aimed solely at you. And yes, we've also put in a printable business trip checklist.
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Must-haves on a business trip
Going straight to a meeting after landing?
Ensure that you're wearing wrinkle-free formal clothing on your flight. This way, you're sure to look quite presentable when you land, and are also spared from the hassle of changing your clothing on the flight or at the airport.
Who doesn't love to pack for a vacation? Admittedly, we all do. But to portray the same enthusiasm for a business trip? Nope. Not unless someone pays us (a hefty sum) to do it.

So, we've got formal attire. Shoes that are black or tan. Rest assured, there's no scope for sunscreen or flip flops. Before you get all warped up in misery, here's what you need to pack, on a printable list, if you please.

Business Trip Packing for Women

Let's face it―most women, being on the cautious side, don't make it any easier when it comes to any kind of packing. Even loading a makeup bag takes a lot of thinking and truckloads of restraint from going overboard. Nevertheless, here are a few tips to keep in mind before we go on to the checklist.
  • A business trip calls for conservative dressing, even if there is an after-hours event scheduled for later. Therefore, if you value your professional image, under no circumstances should you pack anything saucy "just in case". It just amounts to a waste of space.
  • Ensure that you carry your most comfortable and sensible pair of shoes along, especially if you suspect you'll be spending a lot of time on your feet.
  • Mix and match has to be your mantra for business trips―carry trouser suits or skirt suits in neutral shades, which can be paired with several blouses.
  • Refrain from carrying your hair salon along, as most hotels provide you with a standard hair dryer. If you absolutely must, invest in a good portable piece instead.
  • The same rule applies for cosmetics and hygiene products. You have to carry travel sets of cosmetics and perfumes so as to avoid increasing your baggage weight.
  • If traveling abroad, check the cultural norms of the country you'll be visiting. To be on the safe side, stick to conservative dressing and pack clothes that are sleeved, with hemlines extending below the knees.

ITEMS Qty.
Formal trousers
Formal skirts
Blazers/Jackets
Blouses
Scarves
Shoes
Formal dresses
Semi-formal dresses
Tights/Stockings
Innerwear
Sleepwear
Trench/Overcoat
Toiletries and perfume
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Business Trip Packing for Men

As much as women take the rap for overpacking, their male counterparts undergo the same for underpacking. Yes, carrying that extra pair of trousers or socks will not make your baggage weight exceed the permissible limit. And yes, you can make use of them. The tips that follow are not about what you should carry, but rather about what you absolutely shouldn't forget to pack.
  • Follow the thumb rule of carrying shirts and trousers that can be mixed and matched.
  • If traveling abroad, check the kind of acceptable attire in that region. Suits may not be necessary in some countries, owing to climatic and cultural norms. In such cases, formal shirts and trousers are acceptable.
  • Don't forget to pack a pair of dress shoes and a classic timepiece.
  • Depending upon your schedule, you may need to carry semi-formal clothing as well.
  • Travel-sized toiletries are a must-have item in your baggage.

ITEMS Qty.
Suits
Formal trousers
Formal shirts
Blazers/Jackets
Socks
Dress shoes
Semi-formal shoes
Innerwear
Gym wear/swimming trunks
Belts
Ties
Winter coat
Sleepwear
Toiletries and perfume
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Business Trip Essentials

Irrespective of your gender, as well as the duration of your trip, there are certain essential things to bring on a business trip. Here's a list of those. Plus, we've also left you some space at the bottom to add in everything else you need.

ITEMS Qty.
Business cards
Notepad and pens
Pen drive
Camera
Gadget chargers
Adapter/converter
Breath mints
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So you see, packing for a business trip may not exactly be a charm, but it isn't rocket science either. Take a print, and get packing!
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Published: March 15, 2014
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