The hubs has been traveling for work a bunch this year. Not the most convenient thing when you have a 4-year-old and your wife has 62 jobs, but a business trip (or two…or three) is part of the gig when you’re a career guy.
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Every time he travels on business, I’m baffled by the teeny amount of time it takes him to prepare for said business trip. It is so last minute, even I start panicking about what he’s going to forget. Let’s just pretend there are no control issues hidden beneath said panic, mmmmkay? Mkay.
Either way, he always manages to pack like a boss. There are the basics, undies (my term, not his), toiletries and fancy attire (again, my term, not his). And, the extras – you know, the stuff that takes you from “that guy that works at that place” to “that guy who kicked down the boardroom door while ZZ top blasted through the overhead speakers”.
Since he’s done this a few times this year (and, since I’m paying attention and totally not secretly trying to control the situation), I put together a little list of the 5 business trip must-haves he never forgets:
Underwear and undershirts? Check. Hoodie for the plane? Check, check. The hubs is sure to pack everything he needs for his meetings and other work functions AND what he needs for the stuff going down in between.
TIPS. Bring shirts and shoes that are versatile so you can dress em’ up with slacks for the tradeshow or dress em’ down with jeans for drinks after. Bring extras too for just in case situations – these Thursday Boots Shoe Laces ($10) from Sprezzabox are a good example of that. If your dress shoes have laces, bring an extra pair just in case one snaps. That would be the worst.
Definitely, don’t bring too much stuff because you totally want to leave room in your suitcase for all those gifts you’re going to grab for your wife and kiddo (hint..hint).
When it comes to dressing the part for any business trip, a little can go a long way. Take socks for example. I feel like a suit is a suit until you dress it up with a great pair of socks. If a guy is rockin’ a funky sock under those professional slacks, it instantly reveals he’s more than just a guy on a business trip. He’s a guy on a business trip who thinks socks are awesome and knows his clients will too.
TIPS. We’ve received some really cool socks from Sprezzabox over the years. These Zockz ($10) can be worn with dress shoes or a great pair of kicks. They wash and wear well and are easy to roll up and pack inside your dress shoes (a little packing secret to save space!).
A GREAT TIE
Not all business trips require a tie, but the hubs always packs one or two just in case. They take up zero space in your suitcase and offer a little security if you’re invited to a last minute schmooze-fest with potential clients.
TIPS. Make sure you bring a tie that doesn’t make you stand out in the wrong kinda way (I’m talkin to you guy who’s contemplating bringing your twinkle-tie to the boardroom) – This Perry Ellis Paisley Necktie ($45) does the trick for any work function. Save your twinkle lights for sipping holiday drinks with your coworkers at Happy Hour.
A POCKET SQUARE
Speaking of Happy Hour. A pocket square is actually a great way to ensure you still look pulled together even if you dropped your tie off at your hotel room before meeting your team for dinner. Contrary to popular belief, you can totally wear a pocket square with a few buttons undone and sans tie. You’ll look like a movie star. So, don’t forget to pack a couple of your faves.
TIPS. While you don’t have to be totally matchy-matchy with your tie, you’ll look more pulled together if the color palettes align. This royal blue Alara Pocket Square ($22) goes great with the purple necktie pictured above.
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A FEW EXTRAS
Even though you’ll be crashing in a hotel for a couple of days, you’re still going to be removing your watch, cufflinks, keys, and other accessories before your head hits the pillow. This NYC Valet Tray ($30) was an extra in this month’s Sprezzabox and its def something the hubs wouldn’t have purchased on his own (product discover is one of the best parts of a subscription box).
It’s flat, easy to pack and assemble so you can keep all your tiny things in one place in your hotel room. It’s easy to plop things on a table and accidentally misplace them (or forget them) – but, if you have a designated tray like this one, you only have one spot to double check before you pack up and head home.
Don’t forget a good book for the plane and snacks. Because snacks. Packing done!
YOUR BUSINESS TRIP SIDEKICK
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