Going on a business trip isn’t all fun and games like a vacation. You’ll have some downtime to explore the city, but you’ll usually be doing things that are related to work, such as going to meetings and learning new things about how to perform your job. Before leaving home, there are a few things that you need to pack to make the trip a bit more interesting and to get the most out of the business aspect of the adventure.

Business Cards

Whether you have your own business or you’re working for someone else, there’s a reason why the company wants you to go on a trip. Take the opportunity to thank the company by helping to gain more customers. Carry cards with the name and contact information of the company with you wherever you go, such as the car or when you go out to eat, so that others will know about what you offer.

Charging Up

Maintain the charge that you have with all of your electronics with cords that plug into the wall and wireless chargers. These are ideal to have for long meetings where you need to take notes and can’t plug a charger into a wall. A small bag or even a plastic storage bag is ideal for keeping everything together. A mobile power strip is also an idea if you have several items to charge at once.

Comfortable Clothing

While you’re on a plane or sitting in a car for a long time, you want to wear something that’s comfortable and that allows you to move around. However, when you go to the business meetings, you want to have the proper attire that makes you look as professional as possible. Something that is wrinkle-free is ideal so that you don’t have to worry about ironing your clothes while you’re on the trip.

Sorting Documents

There will likely be a few papers that you will get from all of those meetings you attend. Keep everything sorted with an accordion-style folder or even a plastic storage container with drawers. Label the different compartments to know where everything is located based on the date of the meeting or the topic.

Business trips are important because you will learn more about the career that you have. You’re representing your company, so you need to be top notch when it comes to professionalism. From toiletries to comfortable clothing, make a list of what to pack before leaving home.

Author: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. For you wireless charger needs, Hannah recommends TYLT.

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