Work Travel Capsule For Summer

(This is a photo heavy post.)

June 22, 2017

If you’re following me on Instagram then you already know that I recently went on a 5 day, 4 night trip by plane for work.  As a seasoned traveler I rarely use more than 1 checked bag for a business trip, even when it requires multiple outfit changes throughout the day.  Here’s what I packed for 4 days of meetings require a business professional dress code (bring on the suits) and outfits for squeezing in a little sightseeing in between meetings (bring on the jeans!)  I’ll discuss how I put together my work travel capsule.

I began with the work outfits.  Since this trip required formal business attire the first thing I included was 2 suits.

Work travel capsule

I’m a big fan of suits for business travel because a suit is an automatic matching outfit.  All I have to do is swap out the tops, as I’ve done here, and I have 4 days worth of looks with as few pieces as possible.  I also made sure that everything I picked paired well with black footwear so that I don’t have to pack multiple pairs of shoes.  I did include 2 pairs of black shoes instead of 1 because I learned a long time ago that shoes that are comfortable at home have this uncanny ability to suddenly become uncomfortable when running around during business travel so I always make sure that there is a pair I can swap with, if needed.  While I included 2 pairs of flats for this trip (I was walking convention halls many hours a day on this trip) if this was a trip full of sitting meetings a heeled shoe would have worked well too.

Next up was my sightseeing outfits.

Outfits for sightseeing and sleeping.

This is a time when owning duplicates of the same item works really well.  I included 2 navy short-sleeve t-shirts to layer with a navy pullover.  The brown pointy toe flats give my tired feet a break from my work shoes.  I added 1 extra striped cardigan that would layer well with both of the white tops from my work outfits, just in case I needed another option or 2 for my jeans.  I ended up having a couple days that I didn’t get to change into my sightseeing looks, but it was nice to have these options anyway.  I also packed 1 sleeping outfit, which was a simple short-sleeve t-shirt and drawstring pants.  The white socks were my “slippers.”

Must have essentials for work travel.

If you ever want to tell if I’m on a work trip or a business trip the easiest place to look is the essentials that I pack.  On casual trips I won’t think twice about leaving the make-up and heat styling tools at home.  But a work trip is just the opposite.  My 2 toiletry bags contained the following:

  1. Brush, hair spray, shampoo, conditioner, leave in frizz cream, dry shampoo, shower cap, wet comb, flat iron, curling iron, hair clip, round brush
  2. Olay Regenerist night cream, Olay Regenerist facial sunscreen, Olay cleansing cloths, blister band-aids (as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I don’t travel without these in my bag), body lotion, deodorant
  3. Razors, shaving cream, lint roller, make-up remover, toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, facial sunscreen, q-tips, deodorant, Advil, toothpaste, Power Crunch bars
  4. Additionally, the flower print bag held my make-up (not shown).  I sport what I call a “full face” of make-up and that can be a post all of it’s own.  If you are interested leave a comment and I’ll write a future post about it.

Black and white travel outfit for the plane.

My travel outfit is similar for any plane trip I take and begins with a basic white t-shirt and skinny jeans, paired with socks and sneakers.  I’m not a big fan of my bare feet on the dirty airport floor for security check-points, so I prefer to travel with a sock.  The temperatures I was moving between were fairly similar so no extra coat or other outerwear was necessary.  I layered a wool sweater in a thin weight over the t-shirt.  My black bag and tote complete the look.  I’ve discussed what’s in my carry-on bag in this post and the black bag contained the same items as the blue crossbody did.  The black work tote held my laptop and other necessary paperwork that I would need.

Here are the outfits during my trip.  Somehow in the photo collage I managed to include the black suit outfit twice (oops!).

Work travel capsule outfits

Finally, I did manage a little sightseeing on this trip, here are some photos for you from San Diego, CA.

SeaWorld, San Diego, CA

U.S.S. Midway and Maritime Museum, San Diego, CA

Interested in reading more about packing for a trip?  Check out these previous posts:

(This post is not sponsored.)


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