My business travel essentials

I travel fairly often for work and so I’m constantly perfecting my business travel style. Often times my trips are day trips which require me to get up before the sun and don’t get me back home until way after my bed time. These 16 hour trips call for practical and comfortable travel style, but I feel like I can’t ever get it right.

After a 16 hour day trip earlier this week, I couldn’t help but think of what my ideal business travel “survival kit” should consist of.

Let’s talk about shoes!

If you’re traveling for business most of the time it means you’re meeting with clients or going to an important meeting that requires you to “dress up”. I’m a heels kind-of-girl and so I always wear heels to a meeting, BUT that isn’t very comfortable when traveling. So, first on my survival kit – Light-weight, comfortable flats.  Ideal for easily slipping off and on at the Security check-points and running like mad to catch your flight.

Miz Mooz Panther Flat

Carry on bags

Fortunately while on day trips I don’t have to lug suitcase with me, but it almost makes it more difficult because I then have to figure out a way to bring all my essentials. Laptop, Notebook, Makeup, Reading Material (I always take non-work related reading to de-stress), etc. I end up pulling out my biggest tote bag and stuffing it with tons of stuff, as well as my everyday laptop bag which is already stuffed with a bunch of stuff I don’t need to travel with. Survival kit item #2 – Large, comfortable tote bag. I’m aiming for ONE where I can carry my laptop, notebook, and personal items.

Windsor Double Handle Hand Bag

Tumi | Quintessential Tote

Get comfortable!

When taking late flights back home, I usually bring along my travel pillow. I’m not a fan of the neck pillow – I just don’t get how having your neck hang to the side is comfortable. However, I did find this comfy pillow from Brookstone which fits right up against your neck on your shoulder. I usually just use it like a pillow up against the window.

The  basics (essentials)

Here are a few other things that help keep me comfortable, organized, and stress-free.

Travel document holder – my sister gave me a monogrammed one from Pottery Barn a few years ago for Christmas. Super helpful in keeping my travel documents in one place, and helps me not be a hot mess when in the TSA line. I’m really liking these colorful, thin and AMAZINGLY priced document holders from The Container Store.

The Container Store | Capri Document Holders

Leisure reading material– Ugh. After a day of travel, prepping for your meetings, attending meetings, etc what’s better than taking a bit during your flights to just relax? Pick up a People magazine and give your mind a break and read about Jennifer Aniston’s millionth pregnancy or look through endless pages of what Kim Kardashian wore while shopping. Better yet – bring a nice book. I just started reading The Girl Who Played with Fire. 

Water! – Before, during, and after. During longggg travel days I like to stay hydrated because it makes me feel good (especially if I have to eat airport food). BUT, also because I know flying can dehydrate you so…it’s a win win. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to also bring along some Airborne to drop into your water just in case your throat starts to feel a little scratchy. I had a cougher next to me on a flight last week and had to pop vitamin C’s for the days that followed.

What’s on YOUR list of travel essentials? What else should I bring along to make my business travel more comfy?