Business Trip Essentials: Must-Pack Items to Improve Your Next Work Trip
When it comes to packing for business travel, you probably have the basics covered: a pre-packed bag with the requisite chargers and cables, earbuds, headphones and, of course, your toothbrush.
But anyone who travels for work regularly has learned a packing secret or two to help optimize comfort and productivity. Here are a few items worth adding to your checklist:
Amp Up Your Toiletries Bag
Think beyond the toothbrush, travel-size toothpaste and deodorant, and tote these life-enhancing items:
- Eyedrops: These will help ensure you’re bright-eyed for the 7 a.m. breakfast meeting.
- Hand-sanitizer: Ward off potential germs from a long day of travel and all the meeting-and-greeting at the reception.
- Facial wipes: For a quick re-boot, facial wipes let you easily freshen up between your last meeting and your client dinner.
- Reusable water bottle: Buy a bottle with a built-in filter to help the earth and save money.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Even if you’re just heading out of town for an overnight trip, you will want to be ready for a last-minute change in plans:
- Swimsuit: Your last sales call of the day got canceled? That means there’s time to take a dip in the pool — or swim some laps — provided you brought your swimsuit.
- Snack bag: When you have to power through your emails before you can go to dinner, you will be glad you brought a Ziploc stocked with nuts, dried fruit, granola or other favorite snacks.
- Sweater/light jacket: Because air-conditioning inside the convention center or the office you’re visiting could make it feel like winter — even in August.
- Stain-remover pen: With on-the-go food and coffee, spills are almost guaranteed, making this an essential item and especially helpful if you’re packing light.
It Pays to Be Practical
These small items could make a big difference to ensure the success of your trip:
- Document scan: Load on your phone a high-resolution scan of your driver’s license, passport, credit card and other important documents.
- Metro card: Put in your wallet the leftover metro card from a previous visit to your destination.
- Portable charger: For times when you don’t have access to an electrical outlet, a portable charger for cell phone or computer comes in handy.
- Plastic bags: These can do double- or triple-duty for dirty shoes, a wet umbrella or damp bathing suit.
- Notebook/pen: Even in these virtual times, the real items are sometimes the easiest way to write it down.
- Breath mints/gum: Feel fresh after a long drive or a cup of coffee and make sure you make a good first impression.
- Business cards: It might seem obvious, but more than one road warrior has suffered the embarrassment — and potential lost opportunity — of being caught without their cards.
Don’t Forget Your Emotional Well-Being
Your loved ones (whether human or the four-legged variety) probably can’t accompany you on a business trip. But you can help ensure your equilibrium by bringing these items:
- Framed photo: Make your hotel room feel more familiar by carrying a photo of loved ones, or another souvenir of home.
- Good read: Whether you pick an actual book or a digital version, you can catch up on your reading list. If you have little ones at home, you can even borrow a book from the lobby of participating hotels to read them a virtual bedtime story.
- White noise app: Consider downloading a sleep application before you head out of town, to help you wind down after a long day of travel and meetings.
Of course, if you forget the basics or need some extra assistance, you can always call down to the front desk for back-up. At Holiday Inn, we’re here to help make your trip a success.