When I travel for work and for three days or less, I like to try and restrict all I am taking to carry-on luggage only.
Last week I flew to the Gold Coast to work at the ProBlogger conference. Check out this business chic woman who I found travelling in style:
- Wear bulky items like suits and heavy shoes. DO keep airport security scanners in mind and avoid wearing anything that has metal (e.g. belt buckles and boots)
- Keep electronic devices like laptops, tablets and phones handy so that you can easily pull them out for airport security – without all the other contents of your luggage or handbag spilling out.
- Do have a lightweight coat (trenches are great for this) or scarf if like me, you get cold on planes. Trench coats and capes are the most chic of all outerwear or simply throw a bomber jacket or blazer over your shoulders to achieve the look. Note that keeping a jacket on your shoulders can be a little tricky if you are carrying a bag with long straps in which case a shorter-handle handbag, compendium, briefcase or clutch is preferable.
- Stay hydrated on the flight and have a lipbalm and cough lollies handy in case your skin and throat feel dry mid-flight.
My packing tips for travelling for work trips, 3 days or less.
- Clothes: Pack an extra pair of work bottoms, out-of-office outfit (i.e. jeans and two separate tops), exercise gear and PJs.
- Shoes: 2 pairs in addition to the pair you wear on the plane: I like to do a guided meditation, yoga or pilates using YouTube in the comfort of my room which has removed the need to bring sneakers. I wear one pair of work shoes on the plane and pack another plus a relaxed-but-chic pair of shoes to wear with the out-of-office outfit if I feel like heading out for dinner and don’t feel like wearing work shoes. Technically you could get away without the second pair of work shoes but personally, I like to alternate shoes each day to give the leather a rest.
- Accessories: Ties, socks/hosiery, scarves, cufflinks and earrings that add personality. I keep jewellery pouches handy for these or place inside a clutch which can double up as a going-out bag.
- Toiletry bag: I like to have a toiletry bag ready for the impromptu work trip. Keep stocked with travel-sized items, remember to avoid aerosols and don’t forget your toothbrush. Pack some large ziplock bags as a back-up to carry any liquids or even items to launder.
- Electronics: chargers!!
Do you travel with carry-on? What are your must-have items?