I’ve done a bit of traveling over the last few months and I’m getting a lot better at streamlining the items I pack. So today, I want to show you what I pack for a business trip without checking a bag, and my thought process that goes into it. About two weeks ago I went to a conference in Atlanta and I was going to be there for 3 and a half days, so essentially, I needed three changes of clothes that could easily take me from day to night.
The day I arrived, that evening I was going to a big dinner hosted by the founders of the conference. The dinner was incredible, but the point is, I needed to wear something on the plane that was comfortable, but that could also be appropriate for the dinner. I didn’t go too crazy, but I wore a nice pair of denim, a white dress shirt underneath a navy sweater. For shoes, I wore dark brown Chelsea boots. These boots are not only super stylish, but also slipped on and off easily going through security. I also brought one other pair of loafers in my carry on that I could’ve worn, but since the boots would’ve taken up more space in my carry on, I wore them.
Wear bulky items on the plane.
This Segway’s into the first packing tip I have for you. If you’re bringing bulky items like boots or a heavy jacket, wear them on the plane if you can to save room in your carry on. The carry on you choose is also a critical decision that can make or break your trip. I went to San Francisco in January and attempted to carry everything on in a really nice leather duffle bag and a computer bag. On the flight there, the duffle bag was fine as a carry on, but on the flight back, I was told the duffle was too big and unfortunately, it had to be checked. Well… this is no longer a problem with my new favorite carry on that I’ve been using and testing out from Carl Friedrik.
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Roll your clothes to save space.
Okay, the next tip I have for you for trying to get a lot of items in a carry on like this is to roll your clothes. This does two things, Number one, It helps prevent crease marks from flat-folding, and number two, it saves a lot of space. My thought process for this specific trip was to bring three separate outfit changes, with some overlap in versatility.
So day one was the travel day with a dinner when I got there, and we already pretty much covered what I wore. But, what I didn’t mention was that the jeans I was wearing could also be worn on the trip home to save space. Also, the sweater I wore could potentially be worn on the trip home as well. Day two was the first day of the conference and I kept things nice, but also pretty simple with gray denim, a patterned dress shirt and a nice zip sweater with the same dark brown Chelsea boots. I had another dinner invite that evening, so this was easily able to take me into the evening dinner. And if the sweater didn’t get to musty, I could wear it on the return flight as another option.
Day 3 was the second day of the conference and I was speaking at 10:00am. I wore a really nice pair of custom Daniel George trousers, a dress shirt with a knit blazer and a pair of blue loafers. I thought this would look polished and professional on stage and also be comfortable enough to get me through the day and into the evening. Day 4 was the travel day back home. I ended up wearing the same pair of denim I wore on the flight down, a fresh t-shirt underneath the zip sweater from Day 2 and once again, the Chelsea boots.
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