When you’re preparing for a business trip, the last thing you want to worry about is what to pack. Luckily, with a few simple rules of thumb, you’ll be packing your carry-on like a pro in no time.
Rule 1: Pick a Color Scheme
First, be sure to prioritize versatile items in a similar color scheme, so you can easily mix and match. I find that it’s especially important to have a couple of layering pieces that go with everything and are comfortable enough to wear on the plane.
Rule 2: Consider Fabrics
Second, think about fabric: Features like breathability, wrinkle-resistance, machine-washability, and odor-resistance allow you to re-wear items throughout the trip, thus saving room in your suitcase.
Rule 3: Think in Outfits, Not in Pieces
Finally, get creative with your styling. For most people, the hardest thing about packing is fitting everything into a carry-on without feeling like you’re showing up in the same outfit every day. But with a few simple styling switches, you can create a wide variety of outfits. Below, see how I’d pack for a seven-day business trip in a carry-on.
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Work Event #1
What I love about the Moreland jacket and Colby pants is that they’re simultaneously sporty and professional. This outfit provides all-day comfort, which is so important in a business-conference setting, where you’re doing lots of walking, socializing, and activities.
Work Event #2
This look is a bit less formal, but still very elevated, which makes it great for days when you’re going straight from work events to drinks or dinner. If you want to make the look feel extra special, you can add some fun earrings or a chic purse before you head off to your evening.