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Business travel can be exciting and fun. However, it can also be frustrating and stressful, especially if you do it frequently. As a consultant and project manager who’s constantly on the go for work, I find the following business travel essentials helpful while on the road. Many are nice for leisure travel as well!
10 Business Travel Essentials
Portable Phone Charger
Conference calls and on-the-go emails can drain your phone battery quickly.
This credit card-sized power card from Go triple C can save the day. I love how compact and lightweight these are, and they also come in lively colors and patterns. I especially like the Dali one.
Downy Wrinkle Releaser
As an iron-averse person, I love this product.
We all know that suitcases can wreak havoc on even the most “wrinkle proof” clothing. Rolling your clothes can help prevent creasing, but I love this wrinkle-release spray to help smooth them out after a flight.
Simply spray onto the clothing, tug a bit, and most wrinkles are released. Sometimes may still be necessary; the spray makes it quicker and easier. Talk about an ideal travel companion.
I always like to have a compact purse or clutch with me on trips.
Clutches like this and this one above are especially great because you can use them to keep your essentials organized in your laptop bag, and then pull it out to use as a purse at lunch or dinner with colleagues.
I also really like the Longchamp Small Le Pilage purse because it is durable, lightweight, carries a lot– believe me, I’ve put it to the test– and easily folds down when you’re not using it.
Never lose your flight or reservation number again!
Tripit is a free app that picks up your confirmation emails and organizes them into trips. Very handy, especially if you travel frequently and need to keep logistics separated but accessible.
I keep at least one flash drive in my laptop bag at all times.
And there have been many times when I was grateful to have my flash drive. They allow you to easily share documents, especially those large in size, like long presentations, make back-ups, and print documents from hotel business center printers (never fun).
Shaking hands, touching anything on an airplane, staying in hotels…
If you are traveling, germs will find you! I like to keep hand gel or wipes handy to use when I’m not able to readily wash my hands, or when I want to discretely wipe something down.
There are lots of options available for this one; I like Purell’s basic travel-sized gel.
Travel sized Portable Charge Strip
Hotels, even those that cater to business travelers, never seem to have enough outlets.
This is something that will always baffle me. To help combat electronic musical chairs, bring your own portable charge strip.
This one from Belkin is travel- sized and includes two USB ports in addition to the three outlets.
Self-filtering Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is an important part of staying healthy and alert while on the road.
I really like Bobble’s self-filtering water bottles; they make any tap water taste great, and are much better for both you and the environment than the cheap plastic found in disposable water bottles.
You also save money, especially in airports where everything is notoriously overpriced.
Instant Coffee Packets
I always carry a few packets of instant coffee with me.
I use them as back-ups for when coffee isn’t readily available, or might be questionable (planes, hotel rooms, client site). Bringing along your favorite tea also works well.
Speaking from experience, you can easily ruin your favorite heels by throwing them into your suitcase with everything else.
These shoe bags keep them clean and protected. These are also a great place to stash your wet or muddy running shoes, or anything else you need to sequester from clean clothes.
What are your business travel essentials?
For more travel necessities, please read:
- My 5 Must Have Travel Essentials
- Safe Travel Essentials: Will these 5 Products Help You?
- Business Trip Packing List
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Author Bio: Emily is a lifelong travel fanatic who is constantly making additions to her “upcoming destinations” list. (Yes, she is also a list person.) She is currently based in the Netherlands, where she lives with her husband.