Space Saving for Business Travel |

Now that airlines almost universally charge for checking bags, travelers have become more conscientious of their packing habits. Hoping to avoid fees for checked bags, travelers are stepping up to the challenge of packing all that they need into their carry-ons – or at least making darn sure that if they do check any bags, that they come in under weight since over the weight fees in addition to baggage check fees are absolutely out of the question for money conscious passengers.

Here are some tips to keep in mind for smart packing. Try not to pack unnecessary toiletries. Soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, and deodorant are usually available at hotel front desks at no additional charge, so you can save yourself that room in your suitcase or carry-on – not to mention the hassle of traveling with the appropriate-sized bottles for liquids. Often, you can find toiletries like hair gels, disposable razors, and shaving cream at little cost in hotel gift shops – and it’s likely that you’re allowed to expense such items depending upon your company’s policy, so even if you don’t find something at the hotel, grabbing them from a local convenience store shouldn’t be too much trouble if you’d rather save that space in your carry-on.

It is also a good idea to call ahead and find out if the hotel also provides items like irons, hair dryers, or alarm clocks. Knowing that they do allows you to save that space in your baggage or use it for other items. If you do choose to pack your toiletries, pack the trial or travel sizes into your carry-on with space-saving in mind as well as airline restrictions for liquid items. (And don’t forget the quart-sized plastic bags for your carry on liquids.) After each return home, restock your mini-toiletries to be ready for the next trip and avoid any frenzied packing or potential forgotten items when that time comes. Anything else you wish to bring that can be purchased in a smaller size for travel – from a travel sized hair dryer and tiny comb and brush – is worth the investment if your business trips are frequent.

On the flight, don’t bring a simple laptop bag – since this counts as one of your carry-ons, take advantage of the opportunity to create even more storage space by investing in a larger bag with a specially padded compartment specifically for your laptop. Either be sure to leave space, when packing, for souvenirs and other accumulated items you’ll need altace. room for on the return trip, or consider investing in an expandable bag and using the expanded compartment exclusively for those return trip storage purposes.

Pack fewer clothes than you need for the entire duration of your trip in order to successfully squeeze everything into your carry-ons, then just make use of your hotel’s dry cleaning services, which are likely to work out for less cost than checking bags to and from. For instance, you can change the look of just one business suit by packing color-coordinated separates to mix and match, such as a combination of shirts and ties that will match that one suit. Even better would be if you can manage to choose multi-purpose clothes that convert easily from business to casual wear. To be sure you’re packing the right styles and items, you can always call ahead to secretaries, receptionists, or assistants at your destinations to find out based on past knowledge of similar events with the given company what attire will be appropriate for the various functions on your itinerary. That way, you don’t have to worry about packing a vast variety of clothing options and styles just to cover all possible bases. One pair of easy to match neutral-colored dress shoes should do it for the trip – make sure all your outfit and accessory options will work with that one pair to avoid taking up too much space in your luggage. Consider bringing a pair of tennis shoes as well to keep up your workout while away, but that should be it in the way of extra shoes. Additionally, pack whatever clothes you can in rolled cylinders, which should also minimize wrinkling or in vacuum-sealed storage bags to create more room in your luggage; pack belts along your suitcase’s edges; and roll your socks and underwear into your shoes to save space as well as maintain the shape of your shoes and keep them from being crushed while in the suitcase.

Comments are closed.