As a country, we Indians like to ‘carry our world with us’. So, when we go traveling, the only things that we leave behind at home are the furniture and the taps in the bathroom. And when it comes to packing for a business trip, most people are left at wit’s end as to what to carry and what to leave behind. It may do all of us good to know that business trips are the most precise, no-nonsense trips out of all the trips that we make. Thus, people who go for business trips must carry minimum luggage. One should carry less of everything, from clothes and toiletries to electronic items. Here are some things that should be kept in mind when packing for business. Read on to know how to pack for business trips.
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How To Pack For Business Trips
The very mention of it could elicit the response “Duh!” from most readers, but people who have had problems packing for business trips know that it is never easy to know what kind of clothes to pack. Even if they know what kind of clothes to pack, they are often at wit’s end when it comes to deciding how many pairs of clothes to pack. If you want to know what kind of attire would be most suitable, it is best to consult your boss. He/she may have also attended similar out station business meetings. When it comes to the quantity, remember that less is more. So if you have packed 3 pants and 5 shirts, remove from your suitcase one pant and one shirt. Make sure all these pants and shirts are neutral colored ones so that you may spend minimum time matching them.
If you have packed in the last minute, there is every chance that your clothes might develop wrinkles by the time you reach your destination. In such cases, it becomes increasingly necessary to carry a small steam iron so that you can give your clothes a quick press.
Your footwear will be the heaviest addition to your luggage, but it is extremely important for you to carry at least three pairs of shoes – rather wear one and pack two. One pair should be the ones to wear for work, one should be slightly dressy, and one pair of tennis or sports shoes or sneakers, in case, you go for sightseeing around the town or shopping for your family.
Most people carry a laptop to a business trip, which serves more as a fashion accessory to complete the professional look and to listen to music or watch movies during the flight to the place. It may shock many to know that laptops are to be carried only when asked to. Many a times, we carry laptops at the pretext of taking notes on Microsoft Word, when a notepad and a good pen would serve the purpose better. It not only adds to the luggage, but is also prone to theft.
Most hotels that you may be staying in will supply with major toilet items that you might need. If you still have specific needs or preferences, say if you need to carry a specific brand of shampoo, then carry sachets or small vials of those items.
If you are sure that you may spend a day or few hours on a sightseeing trip or so, then make sure you carry a camera to click pictures and show it to your family.
Keep a small zip lock pouches of the basic medicines like paracetamol, antacid, pain relief balm or any other prescribed medicine that you may need to consume.