Packing Light for Your Next Business Trip

Anyone that travels for business understands how important it is to pack light and avoid checking in a bag. Traveling like a minimalist requires consolidating electronics, choosing a functional wardrobe and having the correct bag. Here are five tips to pack light like a pro for your next business trip.

Find the Right Bag

Using the wrong bag for travel will making packing light a nightmare. Your bag shouldn't be too big since this encourages lugging around more stuff and could result in potential fees from violating carry-on policies. It also shouldn't be too small, making packing a frustrating ordeal. The perfect bag should be 22" x 13" x 9", meeting all major airlines' carry-on limits. The bag should have wheels to make transportation easier and plenty of compartments to make packing a breeze. 

Consolidate Electronics

When packing for a business trip, electronics usually dominate your packing list. You need a laptop for presentations, a tablet for taking notes on the go, a streaming stick to watch your favorite shows in the hotel, and an e-reader to enjoy your favorite book on the flight. With advancing technology, finding a smartphone that consolidates all of your tech needs into one handheld device is easy. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 comes with an S pen, replicating the ease, accuracy and size of a real pen. This battery-free pen allows you to take notes directly on the phone, annotate long articles, translate words as you read by simply hovering over, and so much more. The Galaxy Note8 could replace your note-taking tablet, laptop, and with a 6.3" screen, even your e-reader can stay home.

Designing a Capsule Wardrobe

Packing like a minimalist requires wardrobe planning and coordination. Although there is no strict guideline for designing a capsule wardrobe, choosing a color scheme and making sure most of the pieces are interchangeable, is your first step. On a business trip, you'll most likely need a suit, but packing a few different shirts and shoes gives the impression of drastically changing an outfit without having to pack several bulky suits. This packing method requires rhythm, rhyme and trying on all the outfits without haphazard packing. For more detailed guides, check out Travel Fashion Girl's guide for women and FashionBeans' guide for men. 

Use Packing Cubes

Once you have a plan, maximize your luggage space by using packing cubes. Stay organized by keeping like items together in the cubes. Split your wardrobe into categories and allow one cube for bottoms, one for tops, another for undergarments, etc. By neatly rolling your clothes into the cubes, you actually avoid wrinkles, meaning less time spent ironing before a big conference or meeting. Packing cubes also slightly compress your clothes, allowing you to pack more of what you need. Finally, with their perfectly cubed shapes, playing Tetris to get everything into your suitcase becomes quick and simple.

Don't Pack What the Hotel Provides

If you're traveling for business, chances are you'll be staying at a hotel that caters to your travel needs. Hotels will likely provide you with soap, shampoo, toothpaste and lotion, so only bring other necessities like contact solution or deodorant. Leave office supplies like pens, staplers, post-its and notepads at home since most hotels equipped for business travelers will have a business center with basic supplies, printers, fax machines, scanners and computers. Lastly, don't travel with a bulky iron or blowdryer since most hotels provide those to their guests. If you're nervous about leaving essentials behind, confirm with the hotel via telephone or their website regarding what amenities and toiletries are provided.

Packing light, especially for business, is a difficult feat, especially when you need several electronic devices to work efficiently. Luckily, with advancements in technology, it is possible to find a single device that will function as multiple gadgets, keeping you in touch, taking notes and reading important articles and emails. 

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