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    What to Pack: Five Day Business Trip

    I am in Atlanta this week for work and I must admit packing for business trips is not one of my favorite things to do.  Even though I travel for work often I still dread this task and I always procrastinate and pack at the last minute.  So I decided to make a list of wardrobe essentials for a five day business trip.  I am hoping this list will alleviate some of the stress I have with packing for trips.

    Wardrobe Essentials for a Five Day Work Trip

    1. big work bag/tote spacious enough for the airplane and for business meetings
    2. black cashmere or other soft cardigan
    3. one pair of black high heels and one pair of black flats
    4. pencil skirt
    5. two to three blouses
    6. two work appropriate dresses
    7. black pants
    8. jeans for casual dinners or non work events
    9. jacket (either a trench, leather, blazer, or other light stylish jacket)
    10. shawl for the cold meeting rooms, airplane, and to wear out at night
    11. black opaque tights
    12. accessories such as scarfs, belts, and jewelry to change up an outfit or change the look from a day  meeting to an evening dinner
    13. undergarments (of course)
    14. gym shoes and workout attire



    Additional Tips

    -The real secret to successful packing is keeping all the items monochromatic so that everything is interchangeable and you can mix and match outfits.
    -Hang up all clothes so that they stay wrinkle free and so you can easily view all items.
    -Bring along a flat reusable bag in case you end up doing some shopping or pick up extra items from the trip.


    What are your wardrobe essentials for business travel?

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    Reader Comments (42)

    That is a great list and I am going to save it! I also have the harders time packing...Totally agree with taking an extra bag for shopping....Have a great day,sweetie
    Happy packing!

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Mieczan


    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Mieczan

    Nice list hunnie.....perhaps you want to help me pack for NYC? yikes.....I better start thinking about what Im going to take....STAT!

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    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCollette Osuna

    Great tips.

    Usually my business trips are fashion related which make it a little more difficult. I normally have to pack a few flashy gowns and a mix of dinner outfits and show attire. But yes I stick with a few of your tips of monochrome colors and accessories to switch things up.

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBella @Bellgetsreal

    i HATE packing - hate hate hate it!

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    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~

    THis tips are perfect!!! Even for non-work trips, you can easily change up slacks to shorts etc!


    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

    Nice list! I am a serious over-packer!I need to save your list for future trips!


    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

    Hope you have enjoyed Atlanta...the weather has been great this week!

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    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTravels in Heels

    great tips Naina as always. I don't have to travel too much for work but do a few times each year. I will have to remember this list for next time.:)

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercoolkids

    Gym shoes:-) impressed at ur dedication!! Hope u have a good time in Atlanta. I voted too.

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbollywoodstylediaries

    Great tips and list! I have a couple of trips coming up soon and am already trying to figure out how to fit everything I want to bring into a tiny little suitcase.

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJammer

    Great tips! I definitely need to be better at packing!

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

    I agree with your tips! You are becoming quite a style-guide Naina ;)

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered

    Ah this is so useful! I'm definitely saving it - I'm the worst packer for everything, but especially business trips! I feel like I need to be prepared for anything so I always end up with things like unnecessary cocktail dresses and silk caftans in the middle of winter :)

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

    I never plan ahead when I pack, it's horrible. Awesome tips, I could definitely use a few of your pointers!

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChas

    Bringing an extra bag is GENIUS! And I'm a constant overpacker, so this is perfect for me!
    xo Josie

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJosie

    this is a great list! my dad also always kept an extra bag of toiletries. obviously easier for a man but it means throwing in one bag rather than packing up the whooooole medicine cabinet!

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Griffin

    is that your closet? SO NEAT!

    November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStylishDesi

    Brilliant tips! I'm a big fan of seperates when I got traveling (rather than dresses) as it gives me many more options...

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    November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCHECKS AND SPOTS

    Thanks for sharing ur packing tips! I'm not a big fan of packing, either! I tend to overpack lol Have a great trip!" rel="nofollow">

    November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Owl's Closet

    Great list... only the gym shoes I wouldn't take! too lazy :-p

    November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCafé Bellini

    I will remember next time what to pack.. but of course in a male version.. hahahaha
    But even if I go 5 days away from home I have half of my wardrobe.. don't know.. I need lots of options..

    November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLee Oliveira

    Fabulous tips babe!!!

    Wishing you a wonderful Friday


    November 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjemina

    whoa, have a nice trip ! nice blog by the way :)

    November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Gabriella

    some great tips, whenver I'm travelling im allways so busy i never even hang up my clothes, but i'm going to venice in january, and i've bookmarked this post because i know i need to remember this!

    peace x

    November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

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