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The Ultimate Packing List for Business Travel

I like to pack fast and light. Here's my packing list for a short business trip, in pictures. 


Essentials

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Essentials: phone, passport, wallet

Underwear: bra, underpants, stockings

Pajamas: normal pajamas (these are from Victoria Secret) or you can sleep in your workout gear, to save room.


Personal Care

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Personal care: (from top to bottom, starting left to right) spf moisturizer, face wash, night-time moisturizer, eye makeup remover, toothbrush, shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner, razor

Makeup: (from top to bottom, starting left to right) primer, foundation, concealer, powder, blush, eye shadow, brow pencil, eye liner, mascara, lipstick

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Makeup brushes: powder brush, blush brush, concealer brush and eye shadow brush


A Work Outfit that Travels Well

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Suit jacket: Mine is a wool knit that doesn't crease.

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Top: I like tops that are either silk or very structured. You will need to iron. 

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Skirt: This one is a thick material that doesn't need to be ironed. I find it easier than trousers. If your trousers are hemmed to be worn with heels, you I can't switch to flats at the airport.

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Heels: They take a lot of room, so bring one versatile pair. I like a medium-toned shoe because it can go with black or light colors.

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Flats: I'd wear these to the airport

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Accessories: a scarf, necklace and belt. These are light and an easy way to change up your wardrobe.


Tech & Other

Chargers: for your phone, your tablet and laptop. Don't forget these, but if you do, you can sometimes borrow these from the hotel.

Tech: laptop, tablet, headphones and stylus

Business cards: don't forget these!


You may also need...

Working out: If I plan to work out on my trip, I'll bring: sneakers, socks, sports bra, t-shirt and shorts

International trip: for an international trip, I'd bring: a second laptop battery, since the in-seat power can be unreliable, a plug converter and some local cash.

Umbrella: if you think you'll need it


Packing List App

I used to pack of the top of my head, but then I'd forget things (like chargers or my business cards) so now I use a packing app. I'd recommend:

  • Evernote - if you already have it and have too many apps, then Evernote lets you insert check boxes, and you can use that to make a packing list
  • TripList - it's free, and it's easy to use
  • Travel List - it's $2 and it's the best looking app. It's not as easy to use as TripList. For example, you can't add things not already on the master list. So to add things like "SPF Moisturizer" you have to add it to the master list first, and then add it to your own packing list. Right.
  • Packing Pro  - it's $3 and is packed with features. But I don't use any of them. It's easy to use but not as attractive as Travel List.

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