When you are going away on a business trip, it makes sense to be smart with your packing. Here are some tips to help you get it right.

Forget colours

Opt for black and neutrals, which can be paired and matched with anything. Black is also forgiving if you pick up any clothing marks during the day and doesn’t need as much ironing – a win all round!

Choose fabrics carefully

Look for non-crease fabrics and consider wearing linen to travel in. Don’t crush things into your bag – looser packing will preserve clothing and prevent that horrible crunched appearance!

Pare it all down

You only need two suits. Wear one for travel with a casual shirt or T-shirt and pack the second. Find a pair of smart trainers that can double up as walking shoes for general touring and for getting from A to B. To pack the second suit, put the jacket inside out with the sleeves pushed through and pack it wrapped around underwear and T-shirts. Rolling clothing in a bundle helps to keep it free from wrinkles.

Find travel containers

Any liquids should be stored in small containers. Pick up small toothpaste tubes when you see them in hotels and store them for travel. The high street is also a great place for picking up travel minis.

Think about laundry

Stay in a hotel for at least two nights for longer stays rather than chopping and changing. You can then use the laundry services and won’t need to pack one of everything for a longer trip.

Charge up your batteries

From your Fitbit to your phone, charge everything before you go. You may find that you can leave some of the leads and chargers behind, saving precious room in your case.

Be prepared

Keep high-res scans of your passport, driving licence, credit cards and visas on your hard drive and smartphone. Keep copies of key phone numbers and other details, such as your passport number, stored offline as a backup.

Challenge your packing

Go through your bags before you leave and be ruthless. How much do you really need, especially if you can use a laundry service? Minimise ruthlessly and remember that nothing is more tiring than travelling with overloaded bags.

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