Packing for an overnight business trip is all about making the most of your time, which means making the most of a few key items.
It’s easy to overpack for an overnight trip: there’s a ton of temptation to pack clothes you don’t need, which is understandable — it’s always smart to be prepared! Stick with a less is more attitude by only packing work outfits you know you need.
The ultimate hack for a one-day business trip is to pack a few key wardrobe essentials — in the right bag, of course. Our friends at Casey, the purveyors of fun and functional luggage, recommend renting a weekender bag. It’s a hybrid of a suitcase and a garment bag that secures your clothes so they’re totally wrinkle-proof. Did we mention it has shoe pockets? They’re totally worth obsessing over. To fill your suitcase, we hand picked a few Boss Lady approved items to wear throughout your work weekend.
Master the art of packing for an overnight business trip with these Boss Lady approved packing list.
A two-tone pink trench adds a splash of personality to your polished, professional look. This oversized wool belted coat from French Connection is a modern twist on a timeless classic. To save all-important suitcase space for less bulky items, wear this baby while you travel too.
Unexpected Pencil Skirt
Sick of solid colors? Try a patterned pencil skirt like this one from Boden for a look that’s edgy-yet-totally profesh.
Tried and True Tweed Blazer
A well-tailored tweed blazer is the crown jewel in a boss lady’s wardrobe. This mustard number from Boden will have you looking and feeling your fiercest.
For a look that’s as bold as you are, try mix-and-matching a few patterned pieces. We’re currently crushing on this floral blouse from Boden that makes an unexpectedly perfect partner for your navy pencil skirt
Your footwear should make you feel comfortable and confident without wasting precious packing space.
Heels That Won’t Hurt
Breaking in a new pair of heels can be a weekend-ruiner. Now is not the time for testing out new shoes. Instead, go for your favorite low heel— 2 inches or under— to keep your feet pain-free all weekend long. The kitten heel is both comfortable and on-trend. We opted for a bold red to pair with the printed pencil skirt.
A pair of versatile shoes, like these black pointed toe flats, can be a real lifesaver. Regardless of whether you’re packing for a weekend getaway or a week-long conference, it’s important to pack a back up. Should an unexpected blister arise after a long day on your feet, you’ll be happy you brought your favorite flats.
Gadgets and Gizmos
When you’re on the go, it’s important to have all your electronics charged and at the ready. Bring the following to help your trip go smoothly:
- A lightweight portable battery so you’re never without a charge
- A great read or new podcast in case of downtime
- Noise cancelling headphones for when you need a little peace and quiet
Casey offers luggage for minimalists, over-packers, workaholics, adventurers and everyone in between. Their rentable suitcases give you access to the luggage you need with no long-term commitment.