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Ultimate packing strategy for the business traveler

Yes, a packing strategy !  .....  Packing for a business trip needs a strategy. The ultimate packing strategy comes down to packing light, being aware of the cultures, etiquettes and taboos and taking along only what you absolutely need for your trip. What we’re talking about here is about becoming aware of what your essential items are, and what you really don’t need on your trip. It is essential to be aware of your destination’s dress code and etiquette rules. That's why it's important to do your research before you pack your luggage. Check out the free global guide to culture, customs and etiquette. 

Spending a third of the year travelling internationally and another third of the year travelling around Australia on business, I have refined a system that includes different ways of packing clothes, to avoid having my suitcase so stuffed.

Ultimate packing strategy for the business traveler 

My ideal travel clothing is durable, takes up minimal space and weight, is wrinkle-free and opaque, and matches with the rest of my clothing in style and fit. I have created a travel capsule wardrobe of separates based on a neutral colour. Personally I prefer dark shades, and I am partial to black and navy. I pick versatile pieces that I can combine in a variety of looks. I only pack clothes that are versatile and my best example of this is my black  leather boots that I can wear for a full day of workshop presentations and out to dinner the same day.  My key strategy is to bring pieces that I can easily mix, match and layer to create a variety of different outfits. 

Ultimate packing strategy for the business traveler 

For very cold climates, I prefer a light wool jacket, a warm undergarment and a trench with a removable liner. Staying warm doesn't have to equal feeling unwieldy. The target is to keep things light. 

I tend to stick to a system of one suit, one dress, two bottoms (pants or skirts) and four tops (tank, T-shirt, light sweater, etc.) for a one-week trip. Versatile, low-maintenance clothing is the key. 

When choosing my clothing for a trip I take a look at each item’s fabric and consider the following factors: quality, thickness, weight, wrinkles, transparency, and texture. To keep my clothes tightly packed and well organized, I zip them up in a vacuum-sealed space-saving bag. I also have a separate bags with my essential items such as a sewing kit, power adapter, gloves, first-aid kit etc that I can pick up and go depending on which country I will be in.

By following these ideas, I'm maximizing the usage of each article of clothing, so I can take less. I pack only garments that

  • Coordinate well with almost everything else I'm taking. 
  • Are comfortable for meetings, but can be dressed up for the evening. 
  • Are appropriate for cool or warm weather and if it doesn't work in multiple outfits, leave it at home.

Most important be aware of your fashion choices. Some countries are more conservative, and certain types of outfits can offend people.

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