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Carry-On Packing Basics: Business Trip Edition

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Do you want to avoid the extra fees and the long waiting times at the luggage carousel when you go on your next business trip? If you answered “yes”, then we’re going to show you how to pack for that important aforementioned business trip with just a carry on. 

Trust us, it can be done. All you have to do is pack the right things; this is a good time to take inspiration from your summer subscription box! And once you manage to do just that, it will change your life forever. 

These are the five crucial steps to successfully fitting everything into your carry on…

Step 1

Wear your bulkiest and most delicate items on the plane. A big coat will obviously save a lot of room in your carry on. We also recommend wearing your sharpest blazer on the plane, so that you don’t have to worry about it getting creased in the case.

Step 2

Choose your colors wisely. Stick to the same color palette so that you can easily mix and match your outfits. You’ll also be able to get away with wearing some items more than once if you stick to the same color palette. Dark colors would work best for a business trip, but you can also stick to a more neutral palette if the weather calls for something lighter. 

One pantsuit and one skirt suit, for example, should be enough to see you through the week, as they can be worn with different shirts and accessory subscription box items to create different looks. As long as you avoid fluorescent hues and bold, daring prints, you’ll be able to throw lots of outfits together by recycling pieces without anyone knowing! 

There’s no need to pack a different outfit for every single day. Before you go, though, make sure you know what pieces work with one another to avoid including something you don’t need. This may cause you to waste space, or even worse, forgetting something important.

Step 3

Pack your tablet, and leave the heavy laptop at home. Your tablet will not only double up as a laptop, but you’ll also save space on books, as everything from digital books to magazines to podcasts can be downloaded before you take off.

Step 4

Make the most of your on-board luggage. You can bring an additional bag free of charge on most airlines (but don’t forget to double check as there are some exemptions and restrictions, as always) which means you can carry even more on the plane. 

We would recommend a small backpack or tote bag that can fit things like your tablet, snacks, or anything else you might need on the plane. It should slide under the seat in front of you, while your carry on remains in the overhead compartments.

Step 5

Last but not least, forget the toiletries. Unless you have something that you absolutely cannot live without such as a medical lotion or the only hair serum that keeps you frizz-free, then leave them behind. 

Take advantage of the complimentary shampoos, conditioners, and shower gels that the hotel should have. It is a business trip after all, so unless you know you’re staying in a motel or hostel (highly unlikely!),  the hotel is bound to offer a nice selection. If the hotel doesn’t have what you’re looking for such as mouthwash or toothpaste, for example, then it’s a great excuse to leave the hotel room and explore. A nearby shop should have everything you need, so you can avoid weighing down your carry on.
 Love lots, xoxo


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