A business trip is an exciting opportunity. You get the chance to establish yourself or your company as an expert in your field, you get to network within your industry, and you may even get some time to yourself for exploring or relaxing. Any trip can come to a grinding halt when you forget something crucial, and you especially don't want to hit a snag when you're representing your company. To help make your work trip as successful as possible, here are 6 things you shouldn't forget when packing.
Imagine you've just given a successful talk or presentation, enjoyed a wonderful networking lunch, and are ready to hit the down for the rest of the afternoon, only to discover you've only packed your suits and work shoes. Casual clothes and sneakers are a must, even if you don't think you'll use them. You never know when you'll just want to get back to your hotel room and relax. How are you going to sneak a workout in without your 7 inch shorts?
If you're on a business trip, you need your business cards. You may even want to get a separate business card holder to keep in your luggage for this exact situation. On the other hand, you should get used to carrying business cards on your person in general. There are plenty of chances to meet a random person on the street who turns out to be a valuable contact.
Your style is your first impression, and while playing it safe is never a bad idea, you don't want to be drab or forgettable. In addition to your work clothes, make sure you plan out all of your accessories to help you stand out in a professional way. This looks different for everyone. A nice belt and cufflinks can help you look more polished, but you may prefer some fun socks or a tie. No matter which accessories you choose, make sure you're comfortable and confident. If you wear a bright yellow tie and are embarrassed by it, everyone else will likely be able to tell. Likewise, don't wear the snazzy shoes if they hurt your feet. Work trips often involve a lot of walking, especially if you're at a conference or convention.
How many times have you been in conversation with someone, only to need a pen that wasn't there? Have you ever been the hero to pull a pen from their pocket? You should be! Grab a pack of your favorite pens and keep them on you at all times. To really make a good impression, get some nice pens or even a personalized fountain pen.
If you're going to pack pens, you should pack a notebook as well. You can bring something to take extensive notes in, which is a good idea if you're going to any classes or lectures, or you can bring something small and simple for reminders or those moments when others need a sheet of paper.
Make sure you've got an extra phone charger and any extra cords you may need. Many hotels and event spaces are sure to have an extra if you get desperate, but if you're presenting, you may be hard-pressed to find the right cords for your laptop.
The way you look and how you present yourself is the first part of your first impression, so don't let your breath ruin it! If you're going to be around people, carry gum or mints to keep your breath fresh, and carry hand sanitizer to use between handshakes. You never know what kinds of illnesses you can pick up at business gatherings.
Planning for a business trip can be stressful, especially since people tend to associate packing with a fun vacation. With a little extra effort, you can be the most prepared expert in attendance.
Publish Date: November 30, 2021 6:57 PM