(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.
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.
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.”
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:
- Brush, hair spray, shampoo, conditioner, leave in frizz cream, dry shampoo, shower cap, wet comb, flat iron, curling iron, hair clip, round brush
- 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
- Razors, shaving cream, lint roller, make-up remover, toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, facial sunscreen, q-tips, deodorant, Advil, toothpaste, Power Crunch bars
- 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.
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!).
Finally, I did manage a little sightseeing on this trip, here are some photos for you from San Diego, CA.
Interested in reading more about packing for a trip? Check out these previous posts:
- Packing For A Beach Getaway — Part Two
- Packing For A Beach Getaway — Part One
- Packing For A Long Weekend
- Packing For Work And Play
- Packing For A Holiday By Car
- Five Favorite Tips For Packing
- Packing For A Shorter Trip (Week 27)
- Packing For A Longer Trip (Week 26)
- Vacation Shopping (Week 24)
(This post is not sponsored.)