1.) Pack a Capsule Wardrobe
One of the most important packing tips is figuring out how to get the maximum outfit combinations with a few pieces only. The key is choosing interchangeable clothes that you can mix and match as much as you’d like.
Follow these packing hacks for business travelers to make it happen.
Know Your Essentials
No matter what kind of trip you’re taking, you’re likely to need the same kind of essentials. Here’s a list to keep in mind.
- 1 blazer: A blazer can add more class to almost any outfit. Pair it with casual pants and you’re good to go.
- 1 coat or light sweater: Choose which is more appropriate for the season you’re traveling in, and wear the item you choose while you travel to make more room in your suitcase.
- 1 pair of slacks: You can wear them to a laid-back party, on a touristic tour in the city you’re visiting, and to a bar with your new contacts.
- 1 pajama: Choose something comfortable to sleep in.
- 2 pant suits or skirt suits: You can wear the same suit and change your shirt, and no one will bat an eye. You only need to bring one or two suits for the trip, no matter how long it is.
- 2 ties: Choose ties that match your shirts and suits.
- 3 shirts: Pack up to five if you are staying more than a week. Mix and match between dress and casual shirts.
- Underwear and socks: Take as many as you need for the days you’re staying unless the hotel has a laundry service you plan to use. We recommend one pair of underwear and socks per day.
- Workout gear: If your gym has a hotel or if you like early morning runs, bring a workout shirt and a pair of yoga pants or shorts.
Shoes and Accessories:
- 2 pairs of shoes: A pair of Oxford shoes—that match your belt, and a pair of sneakers should do the trick. The sneakers will be your official touristy shoes, choose some that are black or navy blue, to match your pants. Wear those when you’re on the road.
- Jewelry: Choose gold or silver jewelry to bring a pop to your outfit. Avoid anything too big and choose something tactful and chic, like a pendant necklace with stud earrings and a chain bracelet.
- Small towel: You should normally be able to use the towels in your hotel, but it is always better to have one with you, just in case.
- Sunglasses: Buy cheap ones for travel. If you lose or break them, you won’t feel bad about the loss.
Ditch the Colors
Don’t pack clothes with bright colors. Choose neutral ones instead.
Black is generally the business traveler’s best friend. It can go with anything and is easy to find flattering options. Navy blue, gray, brown or Bordeaux are also excellent color choices for suits, blazers, slacks, or shoes. For shirts, go with white or pastel colors.
Also, either forget about patterns or chose discreet ones. You don’t want your clothes to clash.
Pack Clothes With Wrinkle-Resistant Fabric
A dreadful moment in the life of any business traveler is getting to their hotel and discovering that their room doesn’t have an iron. This realization is especially difficult right before an important meeting.
One of the most overlooked tips for business travelers is choosing clothes with fabric that will not give you a hard time when you unpack.
Lyocell, polyester, poly-blend, cashmere, and spandex-blend fabrics are wrinkle-free. Linen and cotton wrinkle the most, so beware of those.