What to pack on an overnight, overseas business trip
One of the perks of my job is the (admittedly infrequent and not particularly exciting) travel opportunities. My first business trip took place in July and whilst I had visions of diamond clad airport lounges, posh dinners and colour co-ordinated suits, my budget airline, minimum baggage allowance and small expense budget meant that it wasn't as glamorous as I thought it would be. In fact, packing my suitcase nearly caused me a hernia, I forgot my toothpaste and ordered spaghetti bolognese on a business dinner (BIG MISTAKE). Here are my top tips for preparing for an overnight, overseas business trip.
1) Travel smart (literally)
If you're stuck with a small baggage allowance (but like me, like to take the contents of your entire life with you wherever you go), travel smart. By this, I mean wear your heavier items to travel in and turn up in business wear. Your flight could be delayed and you might have to go straight from the airport to the client's office. You don't want to be meeting a CEO in your Juicy Couture tracksuit and hideously misshapen UGG boots.
2) Invest in a foldable bag
Although as common as the marble background is to the blogger *guilty*, Longchamp bags are amazing business partners. They are incredibly lightweight, waterproof, durable and can be folded into minimum-baggage-allowance-friendly packages. I have the rucksack and shoulder bag from the La Pillage collection and I always take them with me if I'm going on an overseas, overnight trip. That way you can sneakily add an extra bag to your 'one bag only' allowance (cheers Aer Lingus).
3) Pack light weight 'capsule' outfits for your stay
Unless you work for a company duller than ditch water, you'll probably go out for a few drinks on the evening you are away. If I'm packing to tight restrictions, I always opt for a light weight dress and tights in neutral colours.
4) Streamline your makeup bag
As much as you love your Charlotte Tilbury nude, your MAC red, your NYX lipgloss, your Rimmel Kate collection and your Estee Lauder coral, you do not need all of these lipsticks on your business trip. As a self-professed makeup fanatic/addict, my makeup bag is probably the weightiest of my possessions. I usually bring a nude, a pink and a neutral lipgloss. For my trip next week, I'm opting for MAC's Velvet Teddy for day time and Charlotte Tilbury's Sexy Sienna for the evening.
5) Your work!!!!?
As a #YoPro, or someone who is still recovering from the cold, hungry and invariably dusty echoes of studentism, your first few business trips can be exciting business. Amidst all the outfit planning, makeup streamlining and "I'm going on my first business trip" snapchatting, don't forget to pack the reason you're going...work!