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Packing It Up

Follow these simple rules to for stress free packing

  • packing it upPack toiletries, prescriptions and a change of clothes (at least a change of underwear) in a carryon bag or tote. If the airline misplaces your bag, you’ll be able to get by for a day. Also, keep a phone list and master copy of any presentation materials in your carryon.
  • Keeping your toiletry kit ready-to-go helps make last minute packing less stressful – keep travel light by replenishing with travel size shampoo, shaving cream, etc.
  • Packing business clothes in plastic bags from the drycleaners helps to protect against wrinkles. Try to bring wrinkle-resistant clothes, silk t-shirts and suits with a bit of stretch material are a good choice.
  • Save space by leaving your hairdryer and travel iron home. Most hotels have hairdryers in the bathrooms and you can have room service send up an iron and ironing board. (Check when making reservations to be sure.)
  • Take along pictures of family, a good book and anything else that says home to you. Little things can make your hotel more like home.
  • A three-piece suit (jacket, slacks and skirt), a couple of sweaters or blouses, a pair of shoes and a few accessories (scarves and/or jewelry to change your look) can outfit you for a short business trip.
  • Save your back by sending bulky trade show or seminar materials home via an express mail service.


  • Put your initials, work address and phone number on luggage tags. Don’t include personal information. (Also, put contact information on the inside of your bag.)
  • Don’t let your luggage get lost in a sea of black. Spot your bags easily my marking them with a piece of brightly colored masking tape or a yellow ribbon tied to the handle.

About Annette Richmond, MA

Annette Richmond, MA, CARW, CCELW, is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer, and former recruiter. Her career advice has been featured by Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster, Vault, and WSJ. She helps motivated, senior level professionals tell their unique career story. She also serves as executive editor of career-intelligence.com.


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