7 Top Business Trip Packing List Items

Are you preparing to go on a business trip? Maybe a Washington DC day trip?

If so, you’re probably making a list to make sure that you don’t forget anything.

Getting to your destination, only to realize that you’ve forgotten some essential items, is incredibly inconvenient.

And the only way to avoid it is to make double sure that you don’t leave any essential items behind.

In this post, you’re going to learn about the 7 top business trip packing list items that you should definitely be adding to your list.

Some of these things may seem like common sense things that you’d obviously never forget.

But you’d also be surprised at what people will forget in the heat of the moment, while packing for an important business trip.

So let’s break it down and talk about 7 absolutely necessary items that you’ll definitely want to include in your checklist.

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1. A Suitcase

This kind of goes without saying—but you’re going to want to make sure that you pack your clothing and other items into a high-quality suitcase.

Keep in mind that this is a business trip.

As such, your suitcase may get banged around a little bit.

This is especially true if you’re heading out to the middle of nowhere for disaster cleanup, a construction project, etc.

So make sure that you purchase something sturdy that can actually handle the task.

2. A Change Of Clothing

You’re obviously going to need some clothes.

And these clothing choices should be well suited to the tasks you’re going to need to perform.

In other words, a sales meeting may require a nice suit.

Disaster cleanup, of course, will require quite a different array of clothing choices.

Will your work take you on a long-winded Tibetan hike? (If so, we envy you.)

Still—pack accordingly.

3. Your Paperwork

Your Visa, your Passport, your driver’s license, your travel insurance paperwork—all of this stuff is important while traveling.

You definitely don’t want to show up to the airport (or even worse, to the border) sans paperwork.

This would be inconvenient, to say the least.

It could also have a seriously detrimental effect on your ability to carry out the work trip.

For example:

There really isn’t any way around forgetting your passport.

You may miss your flight and set the trip back.

4. Toiletries

Make sure to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, floss, cologne or perfume, soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

Sure, you may end up staying in a hotel that supplies these things.

However, you can never be too careful.

5. A Phone/Device Charger (Or Several)

You’re definitely going to want to charge your devices.

This is a pretty plain and simple addition.

Don’t forget it!

Also, don’t forget a power adapter if your destination uses different electrical inputs for their outlets.

6. A Water Bottle

Note that you may not be able to fill up a water bottle before departing on a flight.

However, once you’re on location, this little addition to your travel item checklist can prove incredibly helpful.

(This is especially true if you’re headed to the desert, or to anywhere hot or dry.)

7. Cash

You’re going to need cash—and you’re going to need it in the local currency.

Make sure to plan ahead if you need to get some cash exchanged.

Figure out ahead of time how to do it and where to go to get it done.

This will be monumentally important—especially if you’re in an area where using credit cards or debit cards could be challenging or impossible.


There you have it.

7 of the top business trip packing list items to add to your business trip packing checklist.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’d like to expand your list a bit, or figure out some gift ideas for the busy business traveler in your life, check out this post by Hotel Engine: 15 Travel Gifts for Frequent Business Travelers (From Business Suitcases to Foot Hammocks).

Armed with this knowledge, you can now pack confidently—knowing that at least some of the most basic and important items won’t be forgotten.

All that’s left now is to hit the open road.

See you on the other side!

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