With as much as I travel, planes are often my personal time to switch off. I try not use the wifi and to instead get lost in a good book – I never have time to read other than that! Sometimes though, a work trip requires some preparation. If I’m hosting a show or working a fashion week event, I will sometimes take advantage of the outgoing flight to study or prepare my lines. With many people returning back to work after summer vacations and with the global fashion weeks about to hit, I thought I would share my tips on how to pack for a work trip – and you can trust that I’ve done the legwork!
How To Pack/Travel In Style For Work:
1) Get organized: organize your itinerary, print out tickets, hotel confirmations, and gather all the materials you’ll need to prep for work. I always print out a copy of everything, just in case technology fails (which it can, and has many times for me!)
2) Planning is key: this is especially true if you are just carrying on, which you likely are for a work trip that is only 4-5 days. Plan an outfit for each day with precision, and prepare a few evening options as well just in case. Planning each look will not only help you to avoid over packing but you’ll spend less time getting ready in the hotel each morning as well, since you’ll already know what to wear.
3) Roll your clothes: Roll, don’t fold! This saves a ton of space and helps to avoid deep creases in your clothes as well (though always use the iron in the hotel room before heading to work). You can seriously pack twice as much with the rolling technique.
4) Arrive in style: Always dress smart for the airport. Comfort is vital, but always have a balance between comfy & chic (especially if you might be running into coworkers on the flight over). My go-to travel outfit is a pair of Sincerely Jules joggers, a super soft Vince tee, and comfy white sneakers.
5) Invest in good luggage: If you’re traveling more than twice a year for work, you might want to think about investing in some quality luggage. It’s financially worth it in the long run to have suitcases that won’t fall apart with frequent travel, but it also helps you look more pulled together to your coworkers, clients or business partners who you might travel with. We’ve all had that one trusty beat-up suitcase, but don’t be scared to upgrade for work. (PS. you can still buy high quality luggage at affordable prices, Away is one of my favorite brands)
6) Enjoy yourself: I always make sure to take some time to enjoy the city I’m visiting, even if I only have an hour to spare. Hit some local shops, museums or restaurants – whatever the city is known for!
7) Stay charged: Always, always, always remember to pack your chargers (and adapters too, if you’re traveling abroad). Some suitcases even have them built in now, so keep your eye out for those when shopping.
8) Go ahead, have a glass of wine: On the flight home, I always indulge in a glass of red wine (Malbec, if they have it!). It helps you sleep and is a natural muscle relaxant.
My On-Flight Must Haves: