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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to pack for your business trips

As a business traveller, you are expected to come across as extremely organized, polished and dependable if you wish to impress your clients. And what better way of impressing someone than packing efficiently. Remember, that your packing skills will come under scrutiny the moment you need to reach to your luggage to take out that all important file or document that has been requested for. The idea is to ensure that you pack cleanly, travel light and not forget anything that might be needed for your trip. Here are a few tips that should help you pack for your business trips.

Purchase a quality suitcase

As a business traveller, you need to ensure that you come across as presentable and organized. Therefore, investing in a quality carry on suitcase which has specially been built for business trips (especially if you travel frequently on business trips) is definitely worth the investment. Some of the most popular suitcase companies chosen by business travellers worldwide include Samsonite, Travelpro and Briggs & Riley. You might also think about purchasing a suitcase which has a dedicated compartment to house your laptop so that you do not have to carry another bag for your laptops.

Avoid carrying your laptops if you can

If you can make do with your Smartphones, palmtops and iPads, try to avoid carrying the laptop completely. If you expect a lot of typing while on your trip, you can always purchase a Bluetooth keyboard from brands such as Verbatim. These keyboards are extremely travel friendly, light weight and can be folded in half to allow easy storage. Alternatively, you could invest in a lightweight laptop such as the Macbook Air or the Dell Mini that does not add too much bulk to your suitcases.

Dress Smart

Khaki pants and baggy jeans are out of the question while on a business trip. You should dress like you never know who you might meet while on your trip. You also need to ensure that you look professional and polished at all material times. Remember, it is always better to be overdressed than to be underdressed while on a business trip. Moreover, if things seem to become too casual for your liking, you could always remove a tie or undo your top buttons. Therefore, the best clothes that should be carried on all business trips include black, grey or navy blue suits, shirts made from wrinkle free fabrics and subtle patterns.

Comfortable shoes can go a long way in adding to your comfort levels while on a business trip

You can manage to look polished and wear comfortable shoes at the same time. There are a number of brands which offer extremely comfortable formal shoes for men and women and you donít need the support of sneakers or slip-ons to feel comfortable. Women should try and avoid wearing high heels and men should try to wear lace free dress shoes which are easy to wear and easy to take off. Make sure that you carry a pair of leisure shoes as well.

Keep your gadgets in an organized manner

Keeping your gadgets in an organized manner is essential when travelling on a business trip. If you need to carry a check-in bag, make sure that you pack all your electronic and electrical gadgets in your carry-on luggage. Remember to pack all chargers along with the gadgets as well. Never store a charger separately while on business trips. You could also use specially designed bags to store your electronic devices. Cocoon is one company that offers travellers with the ideal bags for storing electronic gadgets.

Make sure that you carry the right electrical plugs or converters with you

Always ensure that you are empowered with the proper tools to be able to charge your electronic equipments, irrespective of which part of the world you are in. Different countries have different specifications when it comes to electrical plugs. As a result, it is possible that the plugs of your chargers and electronics to not fit the switchboards in the place that you travel to. This is where adapters are so important. These adapters do not change the electrical current. They simply allow you to change the shape of your existing plug to enable it to fit the wall socket. You might also need a converter or a transformer on your trip to help you convert electric current. These converters are generally needed for electric shavers, blow dryers and flat irons. If you do not understand how to use these converters, it is best to leave them behind rather than make a fool of yourself while on a business trip.

Donít forget your day bags and your money pouch

If you are planning to go to another country for your business trip, carrying day bags and a money pouch is essential. A money pouch can be worn underneath your clothing and is an ideal place to store your currency and your passport. You would also want to carry a day bag while on a business trip. This bag comes in handy when you have those few moments of peace and quiet while on your trip and decide to spend some time exploring the city and go sightseeing.

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