work travel packing tips

Have you ever travelled for work and been frustrated by all the clothing and toiletries you needed? Did you find yourself digging through your suitcase at the airport because you couldn’t find what you were looking for? I’ve been there! I’ve spent hours packing and unpacking suitcases, only to arrive at my destination with wrinkled clothes, mismatched socks and forgotten toiletries. But now I know how to pack my suitcase so that everything is easy to find when I travel for work or pleasure. To help you do the same, here are some tips for packing your suitcase like a pro:

Roll your clothes.

Roll your clothes. Rolling keeps your clothes flat and wrinkle-free, and it’s the easiest way to fit them all in. If you’re using a packing cube, make sure to roll your shirts and pants around the outside of the cube first so that they’re easy to access when unpacking.

Rolling is also helpful for preventing creases in dress shirts (which can sometimes happen if you fold them). For my clients who want their shirts ironed after getting home from their trip but don’t want to spend money on dry cleaning: rolling instead of folding will keep those pesky wrinkles away! Also, rolling keeps underwear together with socks and bras—no more digging through piles at home trying to find what you need!

Be prepared for the weather.

  • If you’re going to a warm climate, pack light clothes and don’t forget about sunscreen.
  • If you’re going to a cold climate, bring layers! It’s important to have clothing that will keep you warm in case it gets colder than expected. Also make sure that if the weather is wet outside, your outer layers are waterproof or at least water resistant.

Don’t forget work materials.

It’s no secret that work travel involves a lot of activity. But what you may not realize is that your time away from home can also include business meetings, conference calls, and other professional responsibilities that don’t necessarily involve the actual act of traveling. The key to completing these tasks successfully while on vacation is to ensure that you are bringing the right materials with you—and not forgetting them at home!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • You’ll want your laptop and charger handy so that you can stay connected during downtime (or even use it as an alarm clock).
  • Important documents like contracts or signed agreements should be stored securely in your luggage so they won’t get lost or damaged by liquid spills. If this seems like too much responsibility for one person, consider bringing along a colleague who has access to relevant files on their computer back at headquarters; then they can send those documents over when needed via email attachment or other secure communication method like Dropbox or Google Drive to keep everything organized.

Pack an outfit for each day.

You don’t want to spend your first day at the hotel looking for your pants, or worse, forgetting that you didn’t pack any. Pack a set of clothes for each day, and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting an essential item again.

But don’t overdo it! You should pack enough clothing items so that you can wear something different each day (it’s easy to get in a rut when traveling), but not so much that there’s no room left in your bag for anything else. If this is your first time traveling abroad or if this trip involves lots of indoor activities (i.e., mostly museums or restaurants), then consider leaving some items at home—you probably won’t need them anyway!

Also remember: socks are key! If there’s one thing I learned during my year abroad, it was how important having warm feet can be during wintertime (and having cold feet means miserable days). In fact, on my first trip overseas I brought no socks whatsoever; I’m sure those were some cold nights…

Bring a good carry on bag.

When traveling, it’s important to bring a good carry on bag. The size of your carry on will determine how many items you can pack and how much room you have for other things. If you’re only going away for a couple days and don’t plan to do laundry, then this probably won’t be an issue. However, if you’re staying away longer than that or think it is possible that you may need clean clothes at some point in time during your trip, then choosing the right size bag is essential.

Packing for work travel can be tricky because there are so many different items that we need and don’t want to forget while packing! Here are some tips on how best pack toiletries when flying:

  • Make sure all liquids are in TSA-approved containers (they should have no more than 3 ounces per container). Certain items such as gels or lotions cannot exceed 100mls per container; aerosols must fit comfortably within the bottle with no overhang; creams must be less than 1 fluid ounce each tube/container; sprays must not exceed 4 fluid ounces total per passenger piece of luggage; eye drops must fit comfortably within their original bottles with no overhang (exceptions include saline solution)

Pack the toiletries you need for each day in a zipper bag and put the bag back in the suitcase at the end of each day so you don’t accidentally leave anything behind.

  • Pack your toiletries in a zipper bag and put the bag back in your suitcase at the end of each day.
  • If you need to travel with more than one toiletry, such as shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, put them all in one container. This makes it easy to use when getting ready for bed and also prevents leaks or spills.
  • Don’t forget toothpaste, toothbrush and dental floss!

Bring formal and informal clothes.

When you’re going to be spending a lot of time in hotels, it’s good to bring a suit or two and a few pairs of dress pants. The suit is your go-to when you need to look professional. You can always wear the pants with a t-shirt and blazer around town if you want!

If you’re anything like me, then packing for work travel requires some serious planning. I’ve learned that bringing more than one pair of dress pants is key because they don’t wrinkle as easily as suits do — especially if you’re traveling by plane!

My packing list also includes casual clothes like jeans, shorts and t-shirts (for when I’m staying at my brother’s house).

travel tips for packing carry on only

  • Pack a carry-on bag. You don’t want to check a bag if you can avoid it, because they are more likely to get lost or damaged by the airline than smaller bags. Plus, if you use one of these tips and can only fit your necessities into one bag, it will be easier to bring along on every trip!
  • Do not pack anything that doesn’t fit in this bag—you won’t be able to fit everything in there due to restrictions on size and weight. If something doesn’t fit inside the carry-on, then leave it behind! It’s probably not worth carrying around anyway!
  • Pack light clothes in neutral colors so that all of your clothes work together well – this way you won’t have any mismatched outfits when traveling with coworkers who may already have their own style preferences set up for how they dress each day (and don’t forget about those office dress codes either!)

work trip travel checklist

A packing checklist is a simple yet effective way to make sure that you don’t forget anything important. Before you start packing, take stock of what you’ll need and prioritize items by order of importance. Then, create your list based on the categories below:

  • Clothing (shirts, pants, shorts)
  • Shoes (sneakers/athletic shoes/flip flops)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush and paste/deodorant/shampoo/conditioner etc.)
  • Electronics (laptop charger/mobile phone charger)

packing tips for business travel

Packing for business travel can be a daunting task. It’s important to remember that you have a limited amount of space in your bag, and out of the hundreds of items you need to bring with you on your trip, only some of them will be necessary. Here are some packing tips for business travel that will help make sure all the items you do want to bring along fit comfortably:

  • Pack as lightly as possible. If it’s even an option, use a carry-on suitcase instead of checking baggage at the airport because they take less time to get through security and there are no extra fees involved if it doesn’t exceed regular size limits (which is usually very little).
  • Bring only two pairs of shoes—one pair that’s comfortable enough for walking around town during off-hours but won’t look out-of-place at work functions or dinners, and another pair that’s dressy enough for those occasions but still comfortable enough not to bother with if there’s any chance rain might come later in the day.*

packing for business trip woman

Here’s how to pack:

  • Pack a small bag with toiletries, underwear and a change of clothes to keep in your hotel room. If you need to check in early or late, you can bring it inside with you (just be sure not to lose it). Better yet, if there’s a gym onsite, take advantage of that!
  • Pack another separate bag for work stuff—this will include anything related to your laptop/tablet/phone/etc., as well as chargers and other electronics. This way when traveling from place-to-place during the trip, all items are together and easy to access without having them get lost or stolen by housekeeping staff.
  • Make sure everything else is ready for departure too: passports? Check! Tickets? Check! Medication? Check!

is work travel tax deductible

While the tax code is a bit of a labyrinth, there are some general rules that apply to all employees traveling for work. If you’re an employee and your employer requires you to travel on business, your travel expenses can be deducted from your taxes. Generally, these costs include plane tickets and hotel stays (though mileage reimbursement may be more lucrative than paying for hotels out of pocket), but not meals and entertainment.

Traveling for work isn’t just about saving money on taxes—it’s also about making sure that everything goes smoothly when you’re away from home. While it’s possible to travel without any preparation at all, we’ve found that taking some time upfront can make life easier once you land in another city or state.

You can pack your suitcase so that it’s easy to find things when you’re travelling for work!

Packing for a business trip is a feat in itself, but packing for work travel can be even more challenging. Pack your suitcase so that it’s easy to find things when you’re travelling for work!

As you’re planning your trip, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Pack for the weather. What could possibly go wrong? You might need warm clothes or rain gear depending on where your flight takes you. If it’s winter where you live and summer where your flight is headed, pack accordingly: bring thick sweaters and jackets instead of summery shorts and tanks! And if someone spills their coffee on their shirt while eating breakfast at the airport restaurant, what will they do? How about bringing extra shirts just in case something like this happens?
  • Pack for the season. Make sure that everything matches because no one wants to see mismatched socks (though maybe some people do). And don’t forget shoes! You’ll want them if there’s not much else besides sandals available at the airport gift shop during check-in; also consider how long it takes to purchase items after security screenings so there isn’t any delay between flights before heading out into public areas again–and make sure none of these delays result from missing shoes!


So, if you’re looking for a way to make your next work trip easier on yourself, try some of these packing tips. They’ll help you pack faster and more efficiently so that when it comes time to leave, all you have left to do is grab your suitcase and go!