Do you have a work trip on your to-do list? Read what to pack for a summer business trip to travel light, but have outfit choices for all kind of activities.
- The Challenge to Pack for a Summer Business Trip
- 5-Days Business Trip Packing List
- What to Wear on Business Travel
- Top of the World Style Linkup party No 215
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The Challenge to Pack for a Summer Business Trip
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. You have to look professional at a work meeting during the Dog Days when you live in a different climate zone than where the meeting takes place. This means you have to meet the dress code expectation for a professional meeting in an environment you have not been before. Furthermore, your wardrobe should also work 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 suitabe for the overhead cabinets.
5-Days Business Trip Packing List
Here is an ultimate packing list for a week-long summer business trip. 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 sightseeing and works with both fats and pumps
- A (wrinkle-free) 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 (jersey) dresses
- Summer trench coat for rainy days
- 3-4 tops that work with the pants or skirt for sightseeing in the evenings
- Accessories to style your looks: Pearl necklace, studs, casual earrings for sightseeing, casual necklace, statement necklace (dinner), feminine watch, 2 scarf, brooch, belt that works with dresses, skirt/pants, cocktail ring (dinner, reception)
Download the printable packing list.
What to Wear on Business Travel
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 Samantha Brown designed travel dress with the trench coat or a cardigan.
Rhis military trend inspired shirt dress works for business travel when you have to travel and meet customers or give a talk at a conference on the same day. It uses accessories from the opposite side of the color wheel. Olive and pink are always a sophisticated color combination.
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Top of the World Style Linkup party No 215
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This Post Has 6 Comments
I’m obsessed with those bright pink shoes—they’re so much fun!
great packing guide. and awesome sandals
Those sandals are seriously gorgeous!
This is such a great packing list and would all fit on a carry on bag! I love those vibrant pink heels, so pretty with the green dress.
Nicole, you always have informative and helpful posts. I’ll be saving this one for the next time I’m taking a trip!
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!
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