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In the movies, it can seem like the most important business people jet off to a business meeting abroad a couple of times a month. Until we’re as well-rounded and worldly as them, it’s smart to have an easy packing hack up your sleeve before going to the airport – especially if it is your first business trip.
Here is a handful of brilliant packing tips to treasure forever; they will make your life so much easier when it’s time to hit the airport again.
The most avid frequent flyers even swear to not checking in any luggage at all. Simply wear one suit or work uniform while you travel, and make room for another one in your hand luggage bag. While this may seem incredibly simple to a first-time business traveller, it actually saves you a ton of time and makes your life so much easier both to and from the airport.
You won’t have to wait in line to check your luggage in, first of all, and you can ditch that long wait by the carousel altogether – even the worries of losing your precious belongings are eliminated. By turning the suit jacket you’re packing inside out, and wrapping it around soft clothing like t-shirts, you’ll avoid that wrinkled fabric as well.
Travelling light also means that you should treat yourself to a light-weight rolling bag you can trot around with at the airport to save your back. The time you spend at the airport will feel a bit more pleasant too when you don’t have a heavy bag weighing you down.
Don’t pack liquids
Again, the top tip for business packing is to leave behind as many items as possible. Transfer your contact solution into a small container, if you wear contact lenses, and make use of the wonderful little shampoos and toothpaste tubes they provide you with at the hotel.
If you choose to bring liquids and check in your luggage, despite knowing better, it’s important that you store them properly in plastic bags to avoid having it spill all over your suit. Try not to bring it, though; reputable hotels in the big city, such as Hotel London City, will take care of your need of toiletries so you can use the extra space for something else – like backups of your ID and driver’s license, for example.
Go for black
A business trip isn’t about looking as fashionable as possible, so focus on packing basic clothes you can pair with anything. While both black and white works with all colours, white tends to look terrible after spilling half a cup of coffee on it – and you won’t have that many spare shirts or blouses to throw on either.
Pack black and you’ll easily make it through a short trip with a pair of pants or two, a couple or blouses or shirts, and two cardigans.
The next time you’re about to leave on a business trip, you’ll already be a bit more savvy with regards to your packing needs. Hopefully, you’ll find that you don’t need much at all and that extra space just means that you can return with a lot of new stuff instead.