Packing List for Your First Business Trip

Posted on December 29, 2017

Carry On: 

  • Underwear/Socks
  • 2-3 workout outfits (you will be inside of your hotel so you don’t need to bring bulky outerwear – bring thin stuff that doesn’t take up much room. For example, leggingstanks, sports bras, etc.)
  • Sneakers (least bulky pair) — Nikes are great because they are very lightweight
  • Flat shoes (boots or flats) for daytime events *Note: Boots are a pain to put in your bag, so try to wear them on travel days.
  • Blazer or cardigan (to look professional on the fly)
  • 3 – 4 pants
  • 5 – 6 mix/match tops for during day
  • 1-2 tops for evening time (if you are planning on going out)
  • Heels (if you are planning on going out)
  • Hair straightener (if you have naturally curly hair like me)
  • Hair Brush
  • Toiletries Bag (deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and any other must-haves) *Note: I usually buy the travel bottles for all of my stuff since I’m not checking a bag. Also, my new obsession is disposable shower caps if you are like me and try to wash your hair every other day!

Note: Try to bring stuff that doesn’t need to be ironed – as hotel irons can be gross sometimes!


Large Tote Bag/Purse for Plane:

  • Hairbands
  • Headphones/armband
  • Tooth brush/toothpaste (Note: I usually put these in my purse. You never know when you’ll want to use when you’re out for the entire day)
  • Makeup bag (Note: try to only pack the necessities so your makeup bag doesn’t get too bulky)
  • Makeup remover (I like the wipes by MAC in the travel size available at MAC Stores)
  • Small brush
  • Excedrin/Tylenol (just in case)
  • Water bottle (that you’ll buy in airport)
  • Gum
  • Wallet – credit cards, ID, AAA card (if you are a member) *Note: I like bringing a smaller change-purse like wallet for travel and not bringing my large bulky wallet
  • Book (of course you are reading Welcome To The Real World)
  • Laptop
  • Chargers (phone, computer, tablet, anything else!)
  • Tablet (if you are bringing both)
  • Small notebook (for calls on the go)
  • Pens
  • Business cards (if you have)
  • Sunglasses

Laptop bag: 

  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Glasses
  • Phone charger
  • Wallet
  • Event details
  • Water bottle
  • Bluetooth