In a recent blog, we discussed the complete packing guide for international business travel. Almost as soon as we’d published that blog, I realized that I’d written it predominantly from a male point of view. Speaking to female business travelers since, I’ve written this blog to put right the folly of my ways. A study by Springhill Suites told me something I know from personal experience: women travel differently to men.
In particular, when women travel, they:
- Pack earlier than men
- Hardly ever wear all the clothes they pack
- Have a whole range of items they take on a business trip with them that men don’t
In this blog, you’ll find a business trip checking list for females. This list includes a few items that you need to pack, some of which will make your life easier while away on business, and a couple of tips that have been given to me by female business travelers.
The little extras that women business travelers need to take
On top of the business trip packing list we’ve previously published, businesswomen should also pack:
- Tampons/sanitary towels. Those available abroad aren’t usually up to the same standard as those you’d buy here. So take some with you even if your time of the month is not due.
- A mini umbrella. The weather isn’t quite as fickle as the average husband (apparently!), but you never know when the heavens could open.
- Personal toiletries. If you’ve visited a hotel before, you’ll know which products you’re happy to use and which don’t agree with you. It may be that you don’t care for a hotel’s shampoo, for example, so you’ll want to take your own supply.
- Your favorite cosmetics and nail polishes.
- A good travel hairdryer. Hotel hairdryers always fall short of expectations. Find a travel hairdryer you get along with, and pack it for every trip.
- A drawstring bag for dirty clothes. This will keep your bag fresh and make it easy to sort out when you return home.
- An eye mask and earplugs are essential to ensure a good night’s sleep. Hotels are unpredictable, and you never know how noisy or bright your room will be. The last thing you want is to be grumpy and groggy at a morning business meeting.
A word about clothes for your business trip
There’s a trick to taking fewer clothes when traveling for business: pack a uniform. Plan to wear clothes that are neutral in color and complementary. A couple of pairs of pants, a skirt, and a jacket will turn into several outfits when you mix-and-match with a handful of different blouses.
Take a large scarf with you, too. Wear it on the plane. If it gets cold (and planes often do) you will be able to use it as a wrap.
Keep your suitcase organized
Shoe bags will help keep your shoes organized and your clothes clean and pressed. Luggage organizer bags will help you keep your clothes and other items separate, easy to find, and hard to forget when you leave your hotel.
Finally, stay safe on your business trip
Make sure you take precautions to stay safe, whether traveling on your own or in a group:
- Use business cards rather than luggage tags to avoid others getting your personal information.
- Take a small flashlight with you to use when you first enter your hotel room at night, and keep it on the bedside table while asleep.
- Be confident when out and about. Don’t let others know you’re a stranger. Walk with intent, and never fumble with your keys or other items in your purse.
I hope that we’ve covered everything. If there’s something that you feel should be on the business trip packing list for females that isn’t mentioned above, please get in touch and let us know. After all, you can’t expect a man to remember everything, can you?
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