8 Accessories for Successful Business Travel

Last week we covered carry-on luggage. This week, here are some accessories to put inside that luggage, to help you hit the ground running.


Laptop sleeve

Laptop sleeve

I lost my laptop bag on a trip to D.C., but happily found that my laptop fit snuggly inside an old leather notepad folio. If you have one lying around, I recommend you try it out. Or, get something slim so it fits in your carry-on, like this neoprene one from Poppin, USD$24.


Toiletry bottles

Toiletry bottles

The TSA still limits liquids to 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottles. I always bring my own shampoo and conditioner (or suffer a bad hair day). I decant this in to bottles from hotel rooms. You're looking for bottles with screw tops (not pop tops - they will un-pop) and can be refilled.

If you can't find suitable bottles in a hotel, then you can buy nice amber bottles from Specialty Bottle for less than USD$2.


Round box for accessories

Round box for accessories

A small round box is handy for bringing jewelry or belts. I use an old Carbonell and Walker Rose & Voilet Truffles box. Any excuse to eat chocolate.


Shoe bags

Shoe bags

You'll need one shoe bag for each shoe, so they don't scratch each other. If you've bought fancy shoes before, you'll have some lying around. If you don't have any, then you can buy ones that other people have gotten with their shoes, on ebay. There are bags you can buy off the shelf but somehow their quality isn't as good.


Drawstring bags

Drawstring bags

Bring two drawstring bags, one for dirty clothes and one for smalls. I use those dust bags you get when you buy a handbag. Or, you can get one for USD$13 from Muji.


Clear toiletry bag

Clear toiletry bag

The TSA still requires a clear bag for liquids, and so do most countries. I like the one from Muji for USD$10. I've had mine for almost 8 years and it's still going strong. It's much neater and easier to use than a zip lock bag.


Bag for chargers

Bag for chargers

Get a bag to keep your chargers from becoming a tangled mess. Any bag will do - mine is a toiletry bag from Qantas, or you could use an old clutch bag, pencil case or drawstring bag.


Make-up brush roll

Make-up brush roll

A brush roll is great for carrying makeup brushes on the go. It's lightweight and rolls up to be super-compact. You can fit 12 brushes in mine, enough to satisfy anyone. And it's cotton so you can wash it. Get one on Etsy.


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