What to pack for a summer business trip

over 50 years old style blogger Nicole posing in front of a Raven and for-get-me-not mural in Fairbanks in militray dress

Summer business trip packing list

Dressing for the office in summer is often a challenge. It’s cool or even cold in the office due to the air condition while it’s hot outside. This combination is the perfect recipe for catching a cold. You are overheated and sweat and then enter a cool environment. Thus, you have to master summer layering for (healthy) stylish summer work style.

Things become even trickier than summer office style, when you have to pack for a summer business trip. Here you have to create a limited wardrobe that meets the dress code for the professional meeting, works for sight-seeing outfits, a reception or work lunch or dinner party plus a look for travel.

Furthermore, that capsule summer wardrobe has to fit in the carry-on baggage that fits in the overhead cabinets. Here is an ultimate packing list for a week-long summer business trip.

fashion blogger in olive shirt dress, pink belt and sandals, lilac bag

over 50 years old style blogger in military inspired dress, dance shoes walking along a mural

Style book author Nicole in olive dress with pink sandals

mature woman in business casual shirt dress summer office look

blogger Nicole of High Latitude style donning street wear in magenta, pink, and olive militray inspired dress in front of a mural
Outfit details: Coach bag, Esprit snake print neckerchief, suede gemstone belt, Very fine Dance Shoes fluorscent pink strappy sandals, silver cuff, chain necklace and A Novo shirt dress (all own)

5-days business trip packing list

First chose a color palette and work around it. The easiest way to create the outfits for the week is to chose two neutrals and a fashion color. Then shop your closet for the best clothes for business travel

  • Underwear for 6-7 days as your flight could be canceled or in case you get diarrhea
  • Slip or half-slip when your dresses or skirt have no lining
  • 1 PJ
  • Your makeup and necessaries bag
  • All your medication
  • One pair of comfortable shoes for travel and sight-seeing
  • If your work dress code allows a pair of neutral color pumps (for rainy days) and a pair of neutral color heel sandals/open-toe pumps (for sunny days), otherwise two pairs of neutral color pumps that go with everything
  • A LBD that you can style for dinner as well as a meeting
  • 1 pair of dress pants or a skirt that can be styled up for a meeting and down for sight seeing and work with fats as well as pumps
  • A white button down to wear with the pants/skirt
  • 2 neutral color cardigans or a summer blazer and one cardigan in neutral colors
  • 4 wrinkle-free dresses
  • Summer trench coat for rainy days
  • 3-4 tops that work with the pants or skirt for sight-seeing in the evenings
  • Accessories to style your looks: Pearl necklace, studs, casual earrings for sight-seeing, casual necklace, statement necklace (dinner), feminine watch, 2 scarf, brooch, belt that works with dresses, skirt/pants, cocktail ring (dinner, reception)

Download a printable packing list. Create a comfortable travel outfit like a pair of jeans, a top, the flat shoes and a blazer or the trench coat when you have time to change. Otherwise go for a wrinkle free dress with the trench coat or a cardigan.

Summer office look of the day

I wore this military trend inspired shirt dress for work. I styled it with accessories from the opposite side of the color wheel. Olive and pink are always a great color combination.
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fashion blogger in magenta, pink, lilac, olive colors summer business casual look
Coach bag, Esprit snake print neckerchief, suede gemstone belt, Very fine Dance Shoes fluorscent pink strappy sandals, Hermes collier de chien bangle, chain necklace and A Novo shirt dress (all own)

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6 thoughts on “What to pack for a summer business trip

  1. Nicole, I love this military inspired dress and those pink sandals are amazing! Thanks for the packing tips. I am the worst over-packer on the planet so I can use all the tips I can get!

    Shelbee

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