DESTINATION: CHARLOTTE, NC
DURATION: 3 NIGHTS, 4 DAYS
When I'm not blogging or taking pictures, I spend my time as a consultant. Yes, I'm aware that is vague, but it might bore everyone for me to go into more detail than saying that it involves helping businesses with strategic projects (involving efficiency, performance, finances, etc.) It also involves a fair bit of traveling. Though I live in New York, I travel to another city every Monday to Thursday, returning home to a glorious work-from-home Friday.
I previously made a comprehensive general packing guide here, but I wanted to do a post that focuses on a quick business trip. I've grown so accustomed to it that I can do it in my sleep, or more realistically, in a rushed 10-15 minutes before the cab I ordered arrives to take me to the airport on Monday morning.
I already explained in my other How I Pak post about why I swear by these three items. To summarize:
1. My Samsonite has been around for over 1.5 years but is still like new, and is the largest size that is allowed to to be a carry-on. I also love suitcases with four wheels, it's a life saver.
2. My Longchamp Le Pilage large tote can fit an amazing amount of my things and can be folded up and stowed away easily. It's also lightweight and quite sturdy.
3. I can't make it through plane rides without my red neck pillow. It is not too full or too soft.
My clients range from very conservative to very casual, but you will typically find me in business casual attire.
Besides my workout clothes, I only have four days of outfits to plan. I like to pack tops and cardigans that can be mix and matched. I also try to make sure that my tops will match the pencil skirt that I've packed for the week. I like to wear dresses on travel days (Monday and Thursday) because they're a lot more comfortable on planes.
Tip for how to fold a blazer: put one of the sleeves into the other, it helps retain the shape and minimize wrinkles.
I try to pack as many necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings as possible. I think they always add an element of interest and personalization to outfits.
I usually find as many random boxes, cloth bags, or jewelry boxes lying around to hold my jewelry. My recent find was the Laduree macaron box--it fits and protects my necklaces really well!
I always pack a basic pair of black heels, a more colorful/fun heel, a comfortable pair of flats for navigating airports, running shoes (with socks packed between the pairs), and flip flops (not pictured). I guess five pairs of shoes for four days seems like a bit much. I suppose I could live with just one heel, but it's a lot more fun with more options!
For toiletries, it's really important for me to find the right containers--bottles, pumps, sprays for my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair serum, moisturizer, etc. I go to MUJI for all my container needs, but you can also find them at your local drugstore.
I found the perfect crossbody bag in Hong Kong a few months ago. It has three zipper compartments, it is sturdy, and matches everything. And it may not look it, but it can also fit my DSLR, wallet, portable iPhone charger, and iPhone.
I pack this on my work trips because I might need a smaller bag after work for dinners or happy hours. Also, I sometimes (read: rarely) get out of work in time to explore the new city.