The Parkers guide to packing for a business trip


Does this routine sound familiar to you? Run around the house, throw whatever’s at hand into a case and stuff it all in, then turn up to the destination to find you’ve packed pretty much nothing you need.

Business trips aren’t like standard holidays, where if you forget something there’s plenty of time to replace them, that’s why we’ve got you covered with our top tips for packing for a business trip below:

Get yourself a travel drawer

The secret to a successful trip is a travel drawer. Haven’t got one? We recommend you get one. Here’s where your passport lives, and where all the necessary documents go as soon as you print them out, as well as everything you need to take on a trip away including cables, travel toiletries and other essentials.

Think compact

Business trips tend to be short and swift. Even if work pay for extra baggage allowance, standing around baggage reclaim is a time consuming process. The key is to invest in a versatile piece of carry-on luggage with compartments for all your items including clothing, laptops and other travel necessities.

Double up on cables

The last thing you want to be doing when you are about to go on a business trip is ransack the entire house looking for a phone charger or laptop cable. Instead buy yourself a spare set, place them in a see through bag and keep them in your new travel drawer.

When an item breaks or is borrowed and not returned, don’t replace it from the drawer get a new one. Then come travel day you will have everything you need in one place.

Get the most out of your outfits

When packing your clothes, pick an outfit you can wear to a meeting that will work just as well for dinner. Choose gym wear that won’t look out of place by the pool, and even consider investing in a multi-season jacket. You will have check the weather, of course, but it pays to take a shawl or a scarf in case you’re expecting heat but get cold, and something summery in case of vice versa.

It will save you a lot of time and space in your luggage.