Depending on your job, you may wind up having to travel for business at some point. If you are a seasoned pro, then you probably have a pretty good idea of what needs to be packed. You don’t want to take too many bags, especially if you are short on downtime and long on the travel part. When packing for a business trip, there are a few essentials you should take. Bringing just the basics can help keep you stress-free and focused on the task at hand while on the road.
Extra Battery Pack
You don’t want to be faced with a situation where your phone or laptop has run out of juice at an integral moment. Having to confess that you need to plug in before the meeting continues may start your trek off on the wrong foot. Instead, pack a portable battery pack, or two, to make sure you never lose power when you need it.
You have an expandable bag for the plane, which is all well and good, but once you start adding things to it, space gets a little hard to come by. Instead of trying to cram a full-sized keyboard into that bag, consider getting one that folds up to the size of a book. Wireless Bluetooth enabled keyboards come in handy when trying to hammer out deals with only an iPad or your phone.
TSA Checkpoint Pass
Standing in the long security screening lines in airports is a horrible way to start a trip of any kind, let alone when you have to travel for business. If you are a frequent flyer, you may qualify for a pass that gets you through the security screening line. You have to fill out an application and provide some details, but doing so once every couple years sure beats stressing over missing your flight.
Versatile Work Clothes
Packing for a meeting or conference, you want to try and avoid cramming too much into your suitcase or else you might come out a wrinkled mess. Instead, find clothes that can pull double duty. If you have a couple of pair of neutral pants that are wrinkle-free, all you’ll need are a few shirts and shoes to either dress the look up or down. Also, it’s a good idea to pack shoes that are both professional and comfortable. You don’t want to weigh yourself down with five pairs of shoes if you can help it (and you can).
When you travel for business, you want to keep focus on the task at hand. Pack smart when preparing for the trip.