Preparing your luggage for a business trip is an art, in fact it is often difficult even for regular travelers to choose what to pack. Sometimes, to do it faster, you decide to take everything in the closet and put it back in the suitcase, hoping to be able to match the items once they arrive at their destination.
In reality, in order not to waste time in creating combinations when you have different commitments already planned, it is advisable to prepare as much as possible in advance. Let's see how to do this in the following article.
Business trip: how to decide what to pack?
If you are travelling on short trips, you almost always choose to have only hand luggage - which normally should be 55 x 40 x 23 cm in size and 8/10 kg in weight, depending on the airline - and a maximum of one shoulder bag or briefcase.
For longer journeys, however, business travellers often take advantage of the possibility of adding checked baggage, but it may happen that the space seems too little to carry everything needed to cope with the many situations and any changes in weather.
Is it really possible to pack everything you need? The answer is yes, of course! Just spend a few more minutes while preparing your luggage to plan everything you need.
Here are a few tips to take into account when starting your business trip preparations.
- Checking the weather
The first step to start preparing your luggage is to check the weather forecast. It may seem trivial, but this allows you to see if you need to bring, for example, waterproof shoes or slightly warmer clothing according to the expected temperatures. It is true that, especially if you dress in layers, many items of clothing can be worn all year round, but if it is very cold it is better to wear a cashmere sweater, rather than a linen shirt!
- Preferring the usual garments
To facilitate the choice, the advice is to start packing your favorite garments, those most often used even when you are not traveling. Whether there are many business meetings planned, or whether you have free time during the trip, it is always better to be on the safe side, carrying the clothes that you usually use, so as not to find yourself with clothes that no longer correspond to your tastes.
- Creating matches in advance
Planning all combinations in advance is the most effective way to optimize time. In addition to choosing clothes, it is always better to decide on any accessories to match even before putting everything in the suitcase. Putting your clothes on the bed and creating possible combinations is a great way to check that everything matches perfectly.
- Choose garments that can be matched in different ways
Especially if it's a long trip, it's unthinkable to have a different outfit for every single day. A right tactic can be to choose trousers and jackets without particular textures or patterns, so that they can be "mixed", creating always different combinations while having a limited number of garments available. The more similar the colours and styles, the easier it will be to make the right combinations.
- Using travel format cosmetics
Preparing beauty is perhaps the most complicated part, especially for women, but not only. The advice is to buy mini-formats of shampoo and bath-shower to take with you, and possibly travel containers in which to decant the creams and various cosmetics.
This way, you will save a lot of weight in your suitcase that can be used for other clothing. If it goes wrong, you can always buy a bath-shower at your destination!
Not to be forgotten: toothbrush, toothpaste and essential medicines, to be included in a separate beauty.
- Provide heavy clothing for the flight
It should not be forgotten that, even in summer, it is better to wear something heavy on the plane because the air conditioning can often be cold and cause discomfort. It is especially important to have a scarf large enough to cover your shoulders if you need it. Checking that the jacket and scarf match the outfits in the suitcase helps to ensure that they can also be used at their destination if necessary.
A final tip is to check the actual need for adapters in the country of destination; buying them in advance will avoid wasting time on arrival.
By following these simple tips, you won't even need to think about how to dress during the trip. Even the less experienced traveller will be able to organize their luggage in an optimal way, making the travel experience even more comfortable and avoiding to pay extra costs for the excess weight. In this regard, it might be useful to have a digital luggage weigher with you, so as to avoid unpleasant inconveniences.