Packing for a long-term business trip can be incredibly stressful. It can be difficult to think of all the things you might potentially need on the trip, and if you forget something at home, it could end up costing you. If you run out of clothing, for example, you might have to buy clothes on the road, which could end up making your trip more expensive than it has to be.
Fortunately, you can remember everything you’ll need if you put some time and effort into making a checklist for yourself. Here are some essential items you should make sure you bring on your next business trip.
This one seems obvious, doesn’t it? But you would be surprised by how many business people either don’t pack enough clothing for a long-term trip, or forget to pack certain items they might need. You will, of course, need the basics like underwear, socks and your formal attire for any meetings you will be attending. But you will also need some casual options, too, like T-shirts and jeans for less formal events and just hanging out. You should also call ahead to see if you will have access to a laundry facility and dry cleaning service.
The purpose of a long-term business trip is, well, business. So spend some time thinking about what you’ll need to conduct business on the road. From business cards to a laptop to any important documents and itineraries, make sure you have everything that you’ll need to keep your business in order when you’re away from home.
Electronics (Including Chargers!)
Most of us can’t live without our gadgets these days. Smart phones, tablets and other electronics help us stay organized and entertain us during our downtime. So before you leave home, make sure you have all of your usual gadgets packed away in your bag, and the chargers to go along with them. There’s nothing worse than hitting the road and remembering that you forgot your charger on your nightstand at home.
These are just a few of the items you should bring with you when you go on a long-term business trip. You might also want to bring photos of your family, some books and other personal touches that will make you feel at home when you’re not working. Additionally, you should consider renting a temporary corporate apartment that you can call your own for a few weeks or months so that you don’t have to live out of a hotel room.