The last thing you want to do during a business trip is to spend your free time hunting down the item you forgot to pack instead of exploring the corners of your destination. Unless you travel so much that packing is routine, remembering what to take with you on a trip may seem like a struggle. When you’re always surrounded by the essentials you need at home, it can be easy to overlook them when packing for a chartered flight. Before your next trip, use this handy checklist to help you remember the essentials to pack in addition to wardrobe basics.
Business Trip Packing Checklist
- Spare change of clothes: Delays happen. When the weather doesn’t cooperate or a meeting runs longer than expected, be prepared with a fresh outfit.
- Wrinkle-release spray: Sure, your hotel probably has an iron and ironing board, as well as laundry service. But, sometimes you need to get rid of wrinkles in a snap when you’re on-the-go. Pump a couple squirts of spray onto the problem area, gently tug on the fabric, and watch the wrinkles disappear.
- Breath mints: When you’re on a professional trip, you want people to remember you for the right reasons. Opt for the kind of mint that kills bad breath rather than just masks it.
- Backup cell phone and laptop charging cables: Always have backup charging cables for your cell phone, laptop, tablet and other electronic devices that stay in your suitcase, even when you’re at home. This simple trick will help save a lot of time and frustration, especially if a charger you need isn’t for sale in the region you’re visiting.
- Power bank: Your private jet and hotel room will have an outlet for charging your phone. There’s no guaranty, however, there will be one in a convenient spot in a restaurant, boardroom or event hall. A small power bank makes it simple to juice up your mobile devices without hunting for an outlet.
- Antibacterial gel: During a business trip, there’s a good chance you’ll be shaking a lot of hands. Those hands won’t always be as clean as yours are, and you don’t have time to be sick. A small bottle of antibacterial gel will help prevent illnesses that can ruin your trip.
- Paper and pens: In this electronic age, paper and pens still have their place. Pack a pad of paper and a couple pens and pencils so they’re easily accessible and simple to find when you have a brilliant idea or want to jot down insights.
- Extension cord and surge protector: Electrical outlets aren’t always in convenient locations in hotel rooms and boardrooms alike. Pack an extension cord to make charging your electronic devices, like your laptop, simple. Take this a step further and pack a surge protector to charge multiple devices at once and protect them from voltage spikes that could fry them.
- USB Flash drive: Travel experts recommend emailing copies of important documents (e.g., driver’s license, passport, emergency phone numbers, and booking confirmations) to yourself and saving images of those documents on your cell phone. Take this a step further and save a copy on a USB flash drive with an encrypted folder. Use this drive to backup photos you took, presentations you will make and documents you plan to share.
- Business cards: Handing out a business card is more professional than scribbling your contact information on a scrap of paper or napkin. Keep a stack of them with your extra charging cables.
- Wi-Fi hotspot on your cell phone: Internet connection isn’t always a guaranty. Enable the hotspot function on your phone when Wi-Fi isn’t available to stay connected. Some cell phone carriers do not automatically include mobile hotspot in their plans, so it’s a good idea to learn if you need to add the feature to yours before a business trip.