The key to packing for a business trip is having a game plan. First, figure out the timeline for your trip, from getting through the airport to any big presentations. Then, start planning outfits based around those moments—bonus points if you pack pieces you can wear multiple times. We’re showing you a few ways to do just that, below, starting with what to wear to the airport:
Plane to presentation
Sometimes, schedules are tight, and that means heading straight from the airport to a business meeting. If you’re someone who prefers flying in more casual attire, pack your professional pieces in an easily accessible place so you can quickly change once you reach your destination.
The foundation: A black camisole and slim pants are simple and chic.
The swap: For the plane, wear something casual like a denim jacket—and if embellishments are up your alley—a flair detail is fun and playful. Once you get to the meeting, slip on your suit jacket. We recommend packing that last to avoid wrinkles.
Client lunch to lift-off
Making impressions is important, even if it’s just for lunch. But since it doesn’t require a full suit, it’s okay to keep things business casual. Just plan ahead and pack everything you’ll need for lunch and the plane into a structured tote.
The foundation: A fit-and-flare dress is perfect to dress up and down.
The swap: To complement a sleeveless ensemble, add a textured cardigan. And there’s just something about a pair of heels that gives you a little boost of confidence. But once the bill is paid and you’re off to the airport, pack away the heels and sweater for a comfy pair of flats and a casual lightweight jacket.
Boardroom to bar side
After a long day of presentations and networking, a drink at the bar might be exactly what the doctor ordered. If you have the chance to stop at your hotel, it’s likely you’ll want to change out of your suit.
The foundation: Play around with a striking cami.
The swap: This time it’s less of a swap and more of a subtraction. Wear the jacket for your meeting, but take it off when it’s time for happy hour. And did you know flared jeans are making a comeback? The volume of a flared leg pairs beautifully with pointed-toe shoes.