October 24, 2011 | Barb Carr

Career Development: Save $25 with Three Business Trip Packing Tips

Ever begin packing for your business trip, vowing to save that $25 bag checking fee, then get so fed up with packing that you check a bag anyway? Before you shell out that unnecessary cash, check out these three thrifty packing tips you can use at the Global TapRooT® Summit next February!

1. Be Prepared.

-Make sure you bring your cell phones, laptops, cameras, tablets, and any other electronics you’ll need. Don’t forget your chargers.

-Consider stowing these handy travel items to help you in a pinch: Sewing kit, stain remover pen, duct tape, lint roller, baby wipes, power strip, and wrinkle remover spray.

-Remember the 3-1-1 rule for flying with liquids, gels, and creams in your carry-on: Each bottle must be 3 ounces or less, and all bottles must fit into a quart-sized plastic Zip bag.

-Make your laptop easy to remove from your bag; you’ll have to at airport security.

2. Keep it Simple.

-We don’t require a dress code for the Summit. Many people wear jeans. You’ll probably be comfortable in business casual attire: Khakis or black pants and a button-down shirt.

-Choose versatile items you can wear twice such as white shirts, black pants, and dark jeans.

-Roll up items you know won’t wrinkle much, like synthetic fabrics and jeans.

-Pack large items first, then fill in the gaps with smaller things like socks.

-Put items you’d like to protect from wrinkling in a dry cleaning bag in your suitcase. They’ll slide around a bit and won’t stay in one place log enough to get wrinkles.

3. Leave Room for Fun.

-In the past we’ve had a costume theme for our reception. This year we’re nixing the costumes so you can enjoy the Vegas nightlife afterward. We’re planning on schmoozing at the Flamingo’s Margaritaville so feel free to relax and wear your Hawaiian shirt, or come in whatever attire you’d like.

-Leave about ¼ of your bag free for souvenirs and course materials. But remember, the 3-1-1 Rule applies to all liquids, from salsa to snow globes, so choose your souvenirs sparingly.

-If you’re not too specific about what you use, consider leaving most of your toiletries at home. Bring only what the hotel doesn’t provide (like toothpaste, and shaving cream).

-Wear your bulkiest items on the plane, like your coat and chunky shoes.

While you’re flying to the Summit February 29-March 2 you’ll be able to rest easy and gear up for the fun and enriching days ahead. You’ll know your carry-on’s with you, and you have 25 extra bucks in your pocket to spend on enjoying Vegas!

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