The ultimate packing list for Savvy Business Travel has arrived!
This list has been updated 10/23/2018 and continues to be refined and perfected.
Form a practical standpoint successful business travel has a lot to do with two simple things: preparation & packing.
In this post you will find my tips on preparing for a business trip as well as an idea of what to pack.
Backpacking somewhere? Stay tuned for a special Packing List for Savvy Backpackers!
As soon as you know about your trip
- Apply for a visa (countries like Brazil require a visa for entry)
- Reserve hotels and flights
- Check for any needed immunizations*
*On my first business trip, airline employees didn’t let me on my flight from Brazil to Panama because I hadn’t gotten my Yellow Fever vaccination. It was a miserable pain in the butt. Please learn from me.
1 week before trip
- Tell your bank about your travels (Wells Fargo lets you do this using the phone app)
- Share a copy of your itinerary with office and family (but not necessarily all over social media. You don’t want predators to know your house will be empty, do you?)
- Set up voicemail and email automatic response
- Download podcasts, Netflix, books
As you travel
- Let your office and family know of your safe arrival
- Keep receipts if necessary for business purposes (use a Dollar Store pencil bag to keep the receipts organized)
- Take photos! Journal! You’ll be happy you did someday
First things first, you’re going to need:
- Hard shell all direction roller luggage, large
- Hard shell all direction roller luggage, approved carry on size
- Small laptop bag
- Use packing cubes (!!) and durable ziplock baggies
Tip #1: Make sure the luggages are clearly marked (perhaps with colorful ribbon) and have your personal information (name, phone, email) on BOTH of them. And the ones that don’t roll in every direction are garbage. If you have a mono-direction roller it’s time for an upgrade.
Tip #2: Put (and forget about) a copy of your passport and your state ID in your large luggage. Hopefully you won’t ever need it, but you can thank me if/when you do actually need it.
In your large luggage:
- Pharma: personal medications, probiotics, charcoal prescription pills, EmergenC, Dramamine, Advil PM, Tums, Band Aids, Neosporin, bug spray
- Laundry: lint roller, de-wrinkle spray, Tide To-Go pen, castile soap, a few dryer sheets (for yummy smells that last)
- Beautify: makeup & brushes, hair ties, brush, Q-Tips, makeup remover wipes, nail clipper & nail file, tweezers, face mask (self care is important am I right?)
- Shower: shampoo & conditioner, razor, face wash, dry shampoo
- Clothing: Ok so this obviously depends. But, always consider bringing a swimsuit, extra jacket, tons of underwear/socks, a smaller purse for going out/networking, and outfits that are not only comfortable but that also make you feel like you’re unstoppable
- Work: name tag, brochures, flash drive with any important presentations, anything relevant for your position personally
- Electronics: adaptor, back up charger/cord
- Other: reusable straw(s), tiny umbrella (I am so happy to have it in Colombia during rainy season)
Note: All of these things have proven useful to me in my personal experiences. Furthermore, the list has been greatly reduced after a few months worth of international business travel. You need a lot less than you think you do. These items are highly recommended, but you can add or subtract items freely, depending.
In your small carry on luggage:
- Quart sized bag: Lavender essential oil, chapstick, hand sanitizer, tissue, Dramamine, tums, ear plugs, sanitizing wipes
- Eye cover & neck pillow
- Mints / gum
- Journal, pen
- Extra pair of thick socks (airplanes get cold!)
In your small laptop bag:
- Passport / ID
- Proof of vaccines / visa
- Laptop, mouse, tablet, cell phone, charger(s), headphones, FitBit
- Water bottle with filter