Traveling for business often means a short trip with only one or two overnight stays. Whether you are an entrepreneur or corporate jet-setter, it can be challenging to pack as much as you can into a carry-on (because who wants to deal with checking bags??). You want options without over packing.
I used to travel from California to New York several times a year. My trips would consist of 2 full travel days, due to the distance, and one day in New York. Even though the trip was short, I still required essential wardrobe and beauty items.
Here is what I found to be essential. I hope it helps you narrow down your list.
Outfit(s) for business event: Coordinate pieces in same color palette. Pair your bottom with a few different tops to create new looks for each occasion, including travel days. If I have one day of business activity, I pack The gorgeous outfits above are found on DailyLook.com.
City Slips (fold-able flats- these have saved my feet many, many times!)
1 pair of heels
1 pair of flats (wear these on travel days)
Business handbag (used as carry-on handbag)
Evening clutch (used as makeup bag or jewelry bag when packing)
One large scarf to be used for warmth on the plane and as an accessory to your outfits.
Jewelry that coordinates with all outfits packed
One pair of earrings that work with all outfits packed
Miss Oops Rescue Sponges-Single Pack
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel Packettes, 10 Count (they come in individual packages so it is very easy to pack)
Neutral Eyeshadow Palette like Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow Plus Primer in Classic Nude
2 colors of lip color, 1 for day, 1 for evening
Tatcha Blotting Tissue
Shampoo/conditioner (don’t rely on the hotel for having great ones)
Face wash, moisturizer, night cream
1 personal item from home that makes you smile like a family photo or your favorite candle
Toothbrush/toothpaste/teeth whitening strips
Use the services of 3floz.com. They will deliver your order to your destination, which saves you from having to pack toiletries!
1 hair styling tool
Hair clip/headband/hair pins, whatever your preference is for a “second day” hairstyle
Styling product of choice
For the Plane
Blow-up neck pillow
Magazine or book for leisure reading
Work for productive use of time on plane
Lip Balm (my favorite is Softlips 5 in 1 Lip Care Cubes)
Water, water, water!
When I arrive at the hotel after a long day of travel, I like to give my beauty routine a boost. I use Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel to refresh my tired skin and whitening strips to give my smile a boost. You may prefer a moisturizing mask while you kick up your feet and watch HGTV in your hotel room. Giving yourself a beauty boost will relax you and prep you for the next day’s events.
Use this list to help you pack for your next business adventure! Safe travels!
Please share your two favorite travel items in the comments below!
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