Has business travel become such a routine that you don’t give much thought to what you need to bring along? Or, is preparing for a trip more of a chore than an excitement? You’re not alone. Packing is not necessarily at the top of your list of things to put a lot of thought into but it is incredibly important to create a checklist before a trip instead of hoping the items you pack will come in handy.
As a frequent business traveler, I know what it’s like to be rushing for flights, juggling multiple gadgets and frantically searching for my travel itinerary (you do have an itinerary, don’t you?). Preparing a checklist of travel items is the first step to becoming a seasoned traveler.
To make your life a little easier, I have prepared a list of important items to take for a more efficient business travel experience. The meetings and presentations you’re going to have are stressful enough; this is the perfect opportunity to help you focus on your goals for the trip and less about what it takes to get there.
Although it makes perfect sense to travel with a small bag, a medium-sized tote bag can make you look stylish but more importantly, provide the practicality every professional can appreciate. These tote bags have multiple pockets for your tech accessories and more room for other important supplies you may need quickly as you dash through the airport like pens, cash, beauty essentials and your travel itinerary.
If you are preparing for a long trip, consider packing sets of makeup, skincare and hair products in your carry on tote bag. These items will keep you looking and feeling refreshed throughout the day as you sit through multiple business functions. Many times we’re invited to attend a business dinner after a long, exhausting day. Avoid that tired look by revitalizing your appearance with the kit for a final round of socializing with colleagues.
This travel-sized item is perfect for business trips. Portable organizers can carry important tools like a tablet or phone, credit cards, a passport and pen all in one place! I use mine to keep track of cords, cards and other items I may immediately need. It is a must-have for women who love to multi-task while they’re on the go.
Personal Security Door Stop Alarm
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially if you’re traveling alone. Stores may sell doorstops that can keep someone from trying to get into your hotel room, but a doorstop with an alarm not only stops the door but alerts you and others while you’re sleeping.
Surely you plan to take your regular toothbrush on your trip but what if you have an appointment right after your flight lands? This would be the perfect time to take out a disposable toothbrush from your tote bag while you rush to an important meeting or event. They can truly be a lifesaver as you prepare yourself for a meeting with colleagues or networking at a social event.
Now here’s an item you’re going to thank me for if you haven’t thought of it already. I make sure to always bring foldable slippers to wear on flights and around my hotel room. Walking all day in heels and going from one place to another is exhausting for you and your poor feet. Use the slippers to relieve some pressure!
The best way to get the most of your business trip is finding ways to make yourself feel ready to contribute during meetings and presentations. After all, we are most productive when we are restful and comfortable, right? Through smart and careful planning you’ll find yourself being less worried about misplacing items on your trip and more on the business tasks at hand. With these travel items on your checklist, you will surely look and feel ready to contribute valuable ideas and enjoy a much smoother travel experience.
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