Business travel is a conundrum for many of us, so I’m going to try to suggest a few ways, now and then, to approach the packing…Suppose, for example, that at the end of October, you are going to have/get to come to Chicago for a two day sales conference. Literally only a day and a half of meetings, and then back on the plane. You’re going to have to bring a briefcase with both your laptop and tablet, so you don’t really want a lot more to carry. And being able to NOT check a suit case would be delightful…
So you can choose to wear anything from this little machine for travel – probably a cardigan, tee shirt and jeans, right? And pack the other six garments, as well as these accessories (you’re probably wearing a pair of earrings, and the nifty cheetah-print loafers:
Okay, it’s easy to see that you have lots of outfit choices, but what you REALLY gain from this is flexibility for unexpected circumstances:
- If the meeting turns out to be more formal than expected, and you can’t wear your jeans, nor your crewneck sweater, you still have enough clothes.
- Conversely, if the CEO is wearing jeans, you can wear YOUR jeans every day, with any of the shirts or blouses you’ve packed.
- If someone breaks a pen all over your sweater while you’re on the plane, you still have enough clothes.
- If it’s freezing cold in Chicago, you can still wear your pants, and even layer the sweater UNDER the cardigan.
- If you have to do something unexpectedly dressy, you have a black skirt and top, as well as some pretty jewelry and a scarf. The scalloped wedges would be ideal with this, and you’d still be able to walk back to the hotel from the restaurant without being in pain.
- If you have to present, and you weren’t expecting to do so, you have a glorious blazer and beautiful skirt that will look both businesslike and elegantly lovely.