A lot of us already despair about packing our bags to go on holiday, but having to pack for a business trip can be even more daunting, especially if it’s your first one. Many men are faced with the problem of wanting to travel light but at the same time they have to bring some of the bulkiest items of clothing.
We’ve put together a list of five tips to help you pack for your first business trip.
Pick your bag
You don’t want to take your hiking bag on a business trip – in most cases a 22-inch suitcase is ideal. You’ll want to be able to take your bag on the plane as hand luggage so that you can move around quickly and efficiently.
You should therefore make sure your bag complies with airline standards. It’s also easier to move around the airport if your bag has rubber wheels. When choosing your bag, don’t forget to pay attention to its aesthetics as well.
When travelling on business, you should definitely take a suit. Dobell’s 3 piece suits are ideal for meetings as they’re timelessly elegant and classy. You can wear your suit while on the plane to save space in your bag. Make sure to pack a gym or casual outfit if you’ll be golfing or fishing with your business partners.
Go through your wardrobe and pick clothes made out of fabric that doesn’t wrinkle easily.
Shirts and trousers will most likely get a little crumpled in your bag and you don’t want to show up to an official meeting looking all creased. It can help to pack some wrinkle-release spray – just spray it on your clothes and let them hang overnight so that they look good for the next day.
Make sure you pack your phone, laptop or tablet and a charger. If you’re travelling abroad to a country with different power plugs, it can help to take an adapter as this will save you the hassle of having to look for one later. You can also get back-up batteries for many smartphones, so make sure to bring one so that you’re always available.
Bring a little bit of cash to buy yourself a coffee and a snack at the airport. Other useful little things to pack are headphones so that you can listen to music and a book or magazine to pass the time.
You can take a lot of hassle out of a business trip by packing properly and with a system in mind. Make sure to take the essentials, but also know what to leave at home so that you can still travel light.