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Packing Tips For A One-Day Business Trip

One-day business trips can be tricky. In some ways, they are so short it’s not even worth talking about. In other ways, they add additional stress, planning, and time to your work week. You may be surprised by the amount of forethought and strategy that is needed, specifically when it comes to packing. So what are some packing tips for a one-day business trip

10 packing tips for a one-day business trip 

  1. Choose the right carry-on bag. Unless your job requires additional bags or large items, you will likely only need a carry-on. Selecting the right carry-on can be tricky though. It needs to hold your computer and professional items, but leaves enough room for additional unexpected items. Years ago I attended a one-day business meeting in another state. They were very generous with gifts and I ended up carrying back a large yeti cup, a soft blanket and a large hardcover book on my lap on the flight home. If I had brought my backpack instead of more professional briefcase, I would have had room for everything and not looked like a hot mess. 
  2. Bring a water bottle. Staying hydrated and alert is more important than ever on these one-day business trips. Bring a water bottle with you to the airport. You can fill it up once you pass through security and use as needed throughout the rest of the day without waiting for breaks or lunch. 
  3. Remember extra business cards. You never know if you might run into someone new or how many people will be attending a meeting. Come prepared. 
  4. Bring company swag and fliers. Speaking of being prepared, be ready to rep the company if you’re meeting with external vendors, potential leads, or existing clients. Bring little goodies for everyone, as well as fliers, booklets or additional information you would readily turn to if you were in the office. 
  5. Remember changers for your phone and computer. I know, a no-brainer, but a second reminder never hurts!
  6. Bring additional computer adapters. I can’t even count how many times I’ve been in a meeting with faulty computer connectors to the overheard screen. Keep the meeting moving smoothly and look like a hero at the same time by bringing your own adapters. 
  7. Remember headphones. You never know if you might be next to a screaming child on the plane or working remotely in a chatty office. Be prepared with headphones. 
  8. Bring a snack. You might not eat it, but having a non-perishable granola bar, nuts, or pretzels on hand may save your sanity by mid-afternoon. 
  9. What else? What are the little things you need in daily life but never think about? Things like: chapstick, gum, hair ties, bobbie pins, extra pen, hand lotion, vitamins or prescriptions, etc. Take a step back from your routine and see what you may be missing for your day away. 
  10. Pack in time for yourself. De-stress by padding time in your schedule. Get to the airport early to check email. Or plan time to explore the area for a few minutes. It’s ok to take time for yourself even on a short business trip. 
    One-day business trips don’t really get the respect they deserve when it comes to planning. Fortunately, following these packing tips for a one-day business trip will help set you in the right direction.
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A Travel Packing List for Dummies: What NOT to Forget

As a frequent traveler for both business and pleasure, I always seem to forget something in my suitcase.
On a recent trip to Denver I forgot more than usual, which really drove me crazy. Yes, I have a standard packing list, but when I’m in a hurry or when I think I certainly won’t forget anything because “I’ve packed a million times before,” it never fails—I still forget something.
When I returned home from Denver I immediately Googled ‘packing lists’ and was quite disappointed in the search results. So I decided to make my own and share it here in the hopes of helping anyone who, like me, tends to forget.
Of course, there are obvious items we would (hopefully) never leave at home, like say–clothing, so I won’t go through an entire packing list here. This list is simply designed to help you remember the frequently forgotten, or perhaps never-before-thought-of, items that will help make your trip a little nicer and a little easier.
Plus–many of the items on my list will keep you from spending extra money in those over priced airport stores!

Packing List Necessities

Item
Food/Water Almonds or other protein-packed snack. Did you know some flights don’t offer snacks?
Water Bottle, to refill & reuse. Just remember that you can’t go through security with a full water bottle.
Drink Mixes. The water in the drinking fountains at the airport isn’t always the best tasting. I like these “on-the-go” packets.
Fitness ALL of your work-out clothes. Treadmills and dress shoes don’t work well together, so don’t forget your top, shorts/pants, socks, underclothing, shoes, hair-ties, braces, etc.
Glasses Sunglasses. Cloudy weather at home doesn’t mean cloudy weather at your destination.
Reading glasses if you need them.
Eye drops and solution in case you wear contacts
In-flight items Ear plugs, if only to send the message that you’re not in the mood for small talk.
Reading material. Even if you don’t think you’ll need it, you never know when your flight will be delayed.
Small bottle of hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.
Money Corporate credit card, if you don’t normally carry it with you.
One dollar bills, to make tipping easier.
Hotel items Toothbrush and toothpaste. Complimentary from the hotel does not mean quality.
Slippers, if you’re afraid of hotel room floors.
Small First-Aid Kit. Keep yourself comfortable with some band-aids for small cuts or blisters, a couple Advil for headaches, and Tums for possible heartburn.

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