Hello Friday! We made it to the end of the week. On my part-time schedule, a week-long business trip means I only need four outfits. My trip didn’t start until Monday evening (at which point I flew to my “conference room destination” in yoga pants and a long cardigan. Yep – I’m one of those ladies at the airport in leggings and a sweater. Call it like it is friends.)
After wearing this beloved thrifted dress in far warmer weather, I couldn’t bear to see it sit in my closet all winter. So it definitely made friends with these basic black tights and pumps. And because my work locale happened to be in place I call “the tundra,” I added my black sweater / blazer / completer piece “thing” for any possible extra warmth it could muster up.
By the end of the week, I managed to stay relatively warm and reaped the benefits of a diligent packing plan each morning when I hadn’t the least bit of hassle deciding what to wear. Outfit selection was done, done, done and done. Not to mention, I carried no “extra” clothes in my travel bag on the way. Seeing extra pieces in my bag when I travel that I never wore always makes me cringe knowing I carried the darn things all over town for naught.
Packing Efficiently for a Week Long Business Trip Summary
At the beginning of the week, I shared my tips that I follow to minimize the clothes I carry with me while traveling without sacrificing style, comfort, and professionalism.
Check The Weather • Expecting cold weather, I brought two pairs of tights to wear with my dresses and added blazers or cardigans where necessary. I also wore my winter coat, as expected, but that’s a bit of a no-brainer.
Pack Fabrics That Don’t Easily Wrinkle • All the pieces I brought were wrinkle free when I unpacked them. I did hang up everything upon arrival just so nothing sat shoved in my bag for days. But I never even thought to pick up an iron (which I generally don’t do at home anyway…)
Stick to a Single Neutral Color Base • I chose black. All the pieces in my outfits matched a basic black palette of black tights, black blazers, black pants and black shoes.
Opt for Interchangeable Pieces • I brought both my fitted black blazer and my black sweater blazer. I intended to wear them with different outfits, and all turned out as planned. But had I spilled something on one of them or had an issue with any of my outfits, I could have worn either one with any of the four outfits I packed for the week. Also, I brought flat black riding boots that could have matched either dress if I needed the extra warmth or pesky bad weather showed up unexpectedly.
Limit Accessories and Keep Them Simple • As I mentioned on Monday, I wore only one pair of simple studs that matched all my outfits the whole week. I don’t wear a ton of statement jewelry, so keeping that at home didn’t cause me any heartache.
Wear Bulky Boots and Jackets on the Plane • Although I didn’t wear them to the client offices, I did have my black boots with me and wore them frequently in the evenings to dinner and such for casual wear.
So that’s that! In my bag, I packed only the clothes shown in the photo from the beginning of the week (plus pajamas, a pair of casual pants for after hours, and obvious undergarments). In addition to my toiletries, everything fit with plenty of extra space in my Vera Bradley large duffel bag.
Do you know any other great carry-on bags that can do wonders without weighing you down? Or do you have any other great travel packing tips? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Dress – Diane von Furstenberg (thrifted via Salvation Army); Sweater – Semantik; Tights – Target; Shoes – Tahari (via DSW); Earrings – Stella & Dot