If you thought packing for a vacation was hectic, wait until you have to start packing for a business trip. Not only can packing for a business trip be hectic, it can also be slightly intimidating. While on vacation, anything from flip flops to athleisure works just fine, on a business trip, you've got to look like you actually do mean business. You need versatile, transitional pieces that will help you feel comfortable and confident all day long. Which is why it's even more important to pay attention to how and what you pack. Attention to detail is slightly important, but believe us, the more attention you pay and trouble you take on while packing, the more relieved and relaxed you will be when you are finally at your destination. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will ensure you look polished and meeting ready.
1. Opt for one-piece garments
A smart way to minimize effort while packing and maximising your packing space is by opting for garments that are entire outfits in themselves. We're talking dresses, jumpsuits, even long anarkalis. Anything that allows you to pack just that without additional pieces being thrown into the suitcase.
2. Make your sets while packing
If you're not one who can go solely for one piece garments, make sure you match what you're going to pair with what while packing. Don't wait to get there and get yourself hassled about which top to match with which pair of pants. Making sets while packing also allows you not to overpack - a relief when you get to your destination and realise that everything in your suitcase is easily accessible to you.
3. Choose wrinkle-free fabrics
Choosing to pack garments in the right fabrics can save you a lot of time and effort upon your arrival. Especially when on a business trip, one wants to reach everywhere on time. Getting into ironing your clothes first can be a pain and quite a waste of time. Fabrics such as wool, lyocell, polyester, cashmere are all wrinkle free to a large extent. Even other fabrics blended with these materials can become wrinkle resistant. With these fabrics, you can roll up a blouse, pant or dress, tuck it into the corner of a suitcase, and expect it to look presentable upon arrival. Now isn't that just wonderful?
4. Pack in some neutral colours
One pair of nude heels, a classic black bag, a pair of black or white pants - and you're pretty much set. These are all things you can repeat without anyone taking note and that's not even the best part. Colours such as black, white and beige go with everything, thus allowing you to mix and match them with multiple things. You'll end up looking like you're wearing a brand new outfit if you only change one element.
5. Carry your favourite statement piece
Whether it's a black blazer that you can wear on top of a dress or a smart blouse, or a pair of earrings that instantly make you feel more confident, pack them in. It could even be your favourite lip colour that you just can't do without. Whatever your favourite statement piece, don't forget to carry it with you.